My Research Program

My name is Andrea Glassmire. I am a postdoctoral research associate working with Dr. Will Wetzel at Michigan State University in the Department of Entomology. My research program addresses questions in regard to the ecological relationships between plants and insects. In particular, I focus on how diversity in plant chemical traits, including defenses and nutrients, influences population and community dynamics of insects. How does the phytochemical landscape change over different spatial scales? Which chemical traits attract colonizing insects to plants? Which chemical traits reduce insect damage on plants? Does chemical diversity promote herbivore and natural enemy diversity? My approach merges my background in the ecology of natural systems with more applied questions geared toward sustainable pest management in agriculture.