Our group explores how genetics, environment, and their interaction govern plant growth and defense traits, focusing on aspen as a model system. We study diverse topics, united by the common threads of ecology and evolutionary biology. In particular, we are interested in understanding the effects of global change on plant-insect interactions as well as the consequences of plant genetic variation for the structure and function of communities and ecosystems. Also, we investigate issues related to the use of Populus species for bioenergy. Our work occurs in a variety of locations, centered in the Great Lakes region and western U.S. The Lindroth lab is based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the departments of Entomology, Zoology, and Forestry & Wildlife Ecology.