The evolution and ecology of plant-arthropod interactions
The Weber Lab is located at Michigan State University in the heart of the Great Lakes state. We are housed in the Department of Plant Biology, and are affiliated with the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Group. Our research links plant-arthropod interactions with phenotypic evolution and diversification at the macroevolutionary scale. We work in many systems, including ant-plant and ant-mite mutualisms, plant-herbivore and plant-pathogen defense interactions, and plant-pollination systems. Our research lies at the nexus of ecology and evolutionary biology, and integrates diverse tools from comparative phylogenetics, community & chemical ecology, microbiome community genomics, and manipulative field experiments.
Read more about our research here!
The lab is always looking to recruit motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. Click here for more information if you are interested in joining the lab!
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Students win awards!
The Weber Lab students are raking in the awards this semester! Abby won first place at the UURAF poster session in her category. Lucy was awarded the Plant Biology Department Bessey Undergraduate Research Award, andCarina Baskett won best student talk at the EEBB Research Symposium and was co-awarded Departmental Graduate Student Teaching & Mentorship Award! Congratulations!
Undergrads present research at UURAF!
So proud of our awesome Weber Lab undergraduates Abby, Carolyn, and Lucy for presenting their research at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum! Amazing job to all three, and to graduate student Carina Baskett for being such an amazing mentor!
Marjorie named 2018 ESA Early Career Fellow! Woo hoo!
MSU press release here :)