Our research lies at the nexus of ecology and evolutionary biology
We take an integrative and multi-faceted approach to understanding the role that ecological interactions have played in shaping the striking diversity of life on our planet. We use plant-animal interactions as model systems for connecting ecological processes and macroevolutionary patterns. Specific systems include plant-bodyguard defense mutualisms, herbivore- and pathogen-host interactions, and plant-pollinator interactions. We integrate a diverse set of approaches, including comparative phylogenetic modeling, community & chemical ecology, microbiome sequencing, genomics, and manipulative field experiments. Read more about our research here!
We are also the home of Project Biodiversify:
An online repository of teaching tools to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging in STEM classrooms.
More about us:
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.
The lab is often looking to recruit motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. Click here for more information if you are interested in joining the lab!
Meetings, Talks, and Posters, oh my!
So proud of our awesome Weber Lab folks who have been presenting their work this summer! Michael and Bruce both presented work at the Evolution meeting in Providence! Undergrads Carolyn and Thomas presented their research at the midSURE & REU research symposiums, and Carolyn and Eric are both presenting their work at the Ecology Society of America meeting in Kentucky! Woo hoo!
New Technician Caroline Edwards joins the lab. Welcome!!
Welcome back mega-lab party!
We had a super fun annual beginning of the year party with the Weber, Bradburd, Meek and Wetzel labs. What a great crew!
New Logo for Project Biodiversify!
We have an AMAZING new logo for Project Biodiversify made by the talented Allison Simler of UC Davis. Thanks so much, Allison!
Carina Defends her PhD!
Congratulations to the newly minted Dr. Baskett, who defended her PhD this summer. Carina will be heading off to do a postdoc with Dr. Nick Barton. We will miss you, Carina!
Banner Photo of ant drinking from extrafloral nectary by Ellen Woods!