Mia Tayler Waters
Mia is studying the evolution of complex adaptations, specifically complex variation in floral scent. She is interested in understanding the genetics of floral scent, how variation in floral scent influences coevolved interactions between plants and pollinators, and how floral scent might be affected by rapidly changing environments. She is beginning her graduate endeavors after working in our laboratory as a technical research assistant for several years.
Elyse graduated with her B.S. in Plant Sciences, and has been a Research Assistant in the Thompson lab since Summer 2018. She is specialized in scent collections, scent chemistry analysis through gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, and plant care. In her Spring Quarter ‘19, Elyse completed her thesis studying the variation in green leaf volatiles in different species and populations of Lithophragma. She aspires to continue her education and is interested in learning more about the complex chemical interactions of plants and their pollinators.
Recurring Visiting Collaborators and Current/Recent Sabbatical Visitors
Magne Friberg, who is a former postdoctoral associate in the lab and is now an Associate Senior Lecturer at Lund University, is collaborating on research on biochemical diversification of floral signals in coevolving interactions with pollinators. See, for example, Friberg et al. (2013, 2017) Annals of Botany and Friberg et al. (2014) Journal of Chemical Ecology, or visit his website.
Paulo Guimarães, who is a faculty member at the University of Sao Paulo, is a regular extended visitor to the lab and ongoing collaborator. Our labs are involved in collaborative studies of coevolution in large networks of mutualistic species such as plants and their pollinators and frugivores. See, for example, Guimarães et al. (2011) Ecology Letters, Thompson et al. (2013) PNAS, and Gibert et al. (2014) American Naturalist.
Pedro Jordano, who is a research professsor at the Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC) in Sevilla, Spain, is a regular visitor to the lab and ongoing collaborator. Together with Paulo Guimarães, we are analyzing network models of interactions among mutualistic species. See, for example, Guimarães et al. (2011) Ecology Letters.
Cristina Lorenzi is a faculty member at the University of Paris, who has collaborated with our lab on analysis of a large data set she has collected on the geographic mosaic of coevolution between social parasitic wasp species and their host wasp species. See Lorenzi and Thompson (2012) Evolution.
Hirokazu Toju, who is a faculty member at Kyoto University, is collaborating on analyses of his research on the structure of hyper-diverse networks of interactions between plants and fungi and the coevolutionary implications of network structure. See Toju et al. (2014) Nature Communications and Toju et al. (2015) Science Advances.
Rui-Wu Wang, who is a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Kumming, spent a sabbatical leave in our laboratory during 2013-2014 academic year to work on the evolution of costs and benefits in mutualistic interactions. We have continued to work on data analyses resulting his time in our laboratory.
Robert Raguso, who chair of the the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, spent a sabbatical leave in our laboratory during 2014 to continue our collaboration on research on biochemical diversification of floral signals in coevolving interactions with pollinators. We are collaborating on geographic and phylogenetic patterns of diversification of plant volatile chemicals across ecosystems. See Friberg et al. (2013) Annals of Botany, Friberg et al. (2014) Journal of Chemical Ecology, and Raguso et al. (2015) Natural Product Reports.
Florian Schiestl, who is a faculty member in the Department of Plant Systematics at the University of Zurich, is collaborating with us on geographic and phylogenetic patterns of diversification in the response of pollinating insects to plant chemical volatiles, and the process of chemical coevolution between plants and insects. He was a research visitor to our lab in 2015 and spent a sabbatical in our laboratory during 2016.
Paula is a doctoral student at the University of Campinas working on mathematical models of coevolution. She was a multi-month visitor in our lab in 2016, during which we considered ways of modeling coevolution in small networks of interacting species. Together with her doctoral advisor, Marcus Aquiar, we are continuing our discussions of coevolutionary models.
Karin, who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Magne Friberg group and collaborating with our lab, studies evolutionary processes that cause and maintain the intriguing floral variation within and among plant populations. She mainly focuses on chemically-mediated communication traits involved in coevolving plant-pollinator interactions. She visits our lab for fieldwork.
Malin, who is a former Master’s student in the Magne Friberg group collaborating with our lab, studies diversity and diversification from an ecological, evolutionary and conservation perspective. Malin mainly focuses on the role of species community composition and other ecological differences across geographical distribution ranges.
Chris studied how environmental change, including climate change, may alter the geographic distribution of interactions between coevolving plants and pollinators. He focused, as an exemplar, on coevolution of prodoxid moths and their host plants. These include some of the most highly coevolved interactions between plants and insects, and they show great geographic variation in their coevolved traits.
Weijie graduated with her B.S. in Biology in Spring 2019, and was a Research Assistant in the Thompson lab for two years. She assisted with all aspects of plant growth and care, scent collections, and hand pollinations for multiple projects in the lab. She helped establish early protocols and conduct trials for collecting green leaf volatiles in Lithophragma.
Micah is a 2019 graduate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and was a Research Assistant in the Thompson lab for two years. His research primarily involved assessing floral morphology and executing scent collections of Lithophragma; focusing on L. bolanderi and L. affine, and L. parviflorum species. Micah helped conduct early trials in the evaluation of green leaf volatiles found in Lithophragma. Micah looks to continue his education after graduation in hopes of better understanding the complexities of the chemical interactions between plants and their pollinators.
Kai is a third year undergraduate researcher majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Kai helped the lab in assessing the genetics of coevolving traits in plants and insects.He analyzed the differences among seeds and the amount of seeds produced by each plant. He is most interested in studying the fitness differences among plants as well as trying to implement new techniques for raising plants.
Science Internship Program (SIP) summer 2019 interns
Jesus Valdez and Minh Quan Dinh joined the lab over the summer as ambitious rising high school seniors. They helped collect and analyze morphological measurements from hundreds of flowers in an ongoing hybridization study assessing the inheritance of floral trait variation in Lithophragma.
Past Postdoctoral Associates
Magne Friberg, University of Uppsala
Britt Koskella, University of California, Berkeley
Paulo Guimarães, Jr., University of Sao Paulo
Anna-Liisa Laine, University of Helsinki
Samantha Forde, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Jason Hoeksema, University of Mississippi
Mariana Cuautle, University of the Americas, Puebla
Catherine Fernandez, BD Biosciences
Ryan Calsbeek, Dartmouth University
James Richardson, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Niklas Janz, University of Stockholm
Diane Wagner, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Olle Pellmyr, University of Idaho