January 13.           Plant defenses and herbivore feeding


Presentation:        Milkweed-herbivore interactions                      Steve Malcolm




January 27.           Coevolution?


Presentation 1: Megan Rees

Hairston, N.G., Smith, F.E., and Slobodkin, L.B. 1960. Community structure, population control, and competition. The American Naturalist 94: 421-425.


Murdoch, W.W. 1966. “Community structure, population control, and competition” – a critique. The American Naturalist 100: 219-226.


Presentation 2: Matthew Deighton

Ehrlich, P.R., and P.H. Raven. 1964. Butterflies and plants: a study in coevolution. Evolution 18: 586-608.


Presentation 3: Conor Downey

Berenbaum, M. 1983. Coumarins and caterpillars: A case for coevolution. Evolution 37: 163-179.




February 3.            Plant defense theory 1: History


Presentation 4:  Paul Beckman-Ellenwood

Loomis, W.E. 1932. Growth-differentiation balance vs. carbohydrate-nitrogen ratio. Proceedings of the American Society of Horticultural Science 29: 240-245.


Presentation 5:  Robert Tofil

Dethier, V.G. 1954. Evolution of feeding preferences in phytophagous insects. Evolution 8: 33-54.


Presentation 6:  Thomas Meints

Fraenkel, G. 1959. The raison d'źtre of secondary plant substances. Science 129: 1466-1470.


February 10.          Plant defense theory 2: Development


Presentation 7:  Bernie Butgereit

Feeny, P.P. 1976. Plant apparency and chemical defense. Recent Advances in Phytochemistry 10: 1-40.


Presentation 8:  Kaitlin Cornwell

Rhoades, D.F., and Cates, R.G. 1976. Toward a general theory of plant antiherbivore chemistry. Recent Advances in Phytochemistry 10: 168-213.


Presentation 9: Zachary Ladwig

Bryant, J.P., Chapin III, F.S., and Klein, D.R. 1983. Carbon/nutrient balance of boreal plants in relation to vertebrate herbivory. Oikos 40(3): 357-368.




February 17.          Plant defense theory 3: Current status


Presentation 10: Rachel Foerch

Coley, P.D., Bryant, J.P., and Chapin, F.S.III 1985. Resource availability and plant antiherbivore defense. Science 230: 895-899.


Presentation 11: Jennifer Lyon

Herms, D.A., and W.J. Mattson. 1992. The dilemma of plants: To grow or defend. The Quarterly Review of Biology 67: 283-335.


Presentation 12: Marley Diatikar

Stamp, N. 2003. Out of the quagmire of plant defense hypotheses. Q. Rev. Biol. 78: 23-55.




February 24.          Tritrophic interactions


Presentation 13: Keelin Markou

Price, P.W., Bouton, C.E., Gross, P., McPheron, B.A., Thompson, J.A., and Weis, A.E. 1980. Interactions among three trophic levels: Influence of plants on the interactions between insect herbivores and natural enemies.  Annual Review of Ecology & Systematics 11: 41-65.


Presentation 14: Laura Cook

Mooney, K.A., Halitschke, R., Kessler, A., and Agrawal, A.A. 2010. Evolutionary trade-offs in plants mediate the strength of trophic cascades. Science 327: 1642-1644.


Presentation 15: Christian Visser

Kessler, A., and Baldwin, I.T. 2001. Defensive function of herbivore-induced plant volatile emissions in nature. Science 291: 2141-2144.

see also, Sabelis, M.W., Janssen, A., and Kant, M.R. 2001. The enemy of my enemy is my ally. Science 291: 2104-2105.






March 2.                 Pollination and fruit dispersal


Presentation 16: Erin Peterman

Feinsinger, P. 1983. Coevolution and pollination.  Pages 282-310, in, D.J. Futuyma and M. Slatkin. (editors), Coevolution.  Sunderland: Sinauer.


Presentation 17: Marissa Jennings

Jordano, P. 1995. Angiosperm fleshy fruits and seed dispersers: a comparative analysis of adaptation and constraints in plant-animal interactions. The American Naturalist 145: 163-191.


Presentation 18: Kathryn Jean

Cipollini, M.L., and Levey, D.J. 1997. Why are some fruits toxic?  Glycoalkaloids in Solanum and fruit choice by vertebrates. Ecology 78: 782-798.




March 16.              Ecology and evolution of mutualisms


Presentation 19: Samuel Sturdevant

Baumann, P., N.A. Moran and L. Baumann. 1997. The evolution and genetics of aphid endosymbionts. BioScience 47(1): 12-20.

(see also, Douglas, A.E. 1998. Nutritional interactions in insect-microbial symbioses: aphids and their symbiotic Buchnera. Annual Review of Entomology 43: 17-37.)


Presentation 20: Elijah Lowry

Vannette, R.L., and Hunter, M.D. 2009. Mycorrhizal fungi as mediators of defense against insect pests in agricultural systems. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 11: 351-358.



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