Research Topics

Plants and pollinators

Many plants depend on animals, mostly insects, for pollination. Plant-pollinator mutualisms form complex networks of interdependence. Understanding the architecture of these networks is important for conservation of biodiversity and management of ecosystem services.

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Flower microbes

Flowers, with their nutrient-rich nectar and pollen germination beds, are ideal habitats for microorganisms (mainly fungi and bacteria). Although pathogenic microorganisms have long been known to infect agricultural crops via flowers, microbes on flowers have received little attention in pollination ecology.

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People and forests of Borneo

Most ecosystems on the planet have been seriously degraded by human activities and are now in critical condition. We still do not have a clear perspective on solving these problems, however, owing to the complexity of ecosystems and human societies and their interactions.

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Prospective Students

Students interested in working on the ecology and evolution of plant reproduction are welcome to contact me regarding graduate work.