Lab Director

David M. Althoff portraitDavid M. Althoff, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Biology
440 Life Sciences Complex
My key research interests are evolutionary ecology of species interactions; insect community ecology, molecular ecology, and phylogenetics.
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Current Lab Members

Shengpei Wang portraitDr. Shengpei Wang Ph.D. Student
429 Life Sciences Complex
Shengpei studied environmental science and management at the University of California–Davis for her undergraduate degree. She is broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions and the role of phenotypic plasticity in these interactions. She finished her Ph.D. in Aug 2020 and is currently a postdoc in the lab studying mutualism dynamics in synthetic yeast communities.

Karma Thomas portraitKarma Thomas Ph.D. student
429 Life Sciences Complex
Karma received her B.S. from Weber State University in Biology and joined the lab in Aug of 2020. She is interested in the ecology and evolution of insects and their interactions with plants.


Thomas Johnson portraitThomas Johnson
429 Life Sciences Complex
Thomas is interested in insect evolution and species interactions. They earned their B.S. in Biology and B.A. in German Studies from the University of Kansas. Thomas joined the lab in Aug 2020.


Gwen Bode portraitGwen Bode Ph.D. Student
429 Life Sciences Complex
Gwen is interested in how plant chemistry, especially floral scent, influences plant-insect interactions


Diego-Luna portraitDiego Luna Undergraduate Researcher
429 Life Sciences Complex
Diego is a Biotech student studying the how yucca plants defend against their moth herbivores.


Lab Alumni

Alison Agresta Undergrad researcher, 2012-2013

Annika Moe Postdoc, 2011-2102

K. Alice Wood Fox Lab Technician II, 2012-2105

Clive Darwell Postdoc, 2013-2015

Alexandra Chapman Undergrad researcher, 2014-2016

Haley Plasman M.S., 2013-2016

Heather Murin Undergraduate Researcher, 2018-2019