I am a professor of ecology in the Department of Entomology, and hold affiliate appointments in the Departments of Zoology; Forest and Wildlife Biology; and Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. (Graduate students may pursue degrees in any of those programs.) During 2010-16, I also served as Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
My research interests are broad, spanning the range from biochemical to ecosystem ecology, with a strong evolutionary perspective. A major emphasis is chemical mechanisms that mediate ecological interactions, with particular interest in plant-herbivore interactions.
Honors and distinctions:
2016 Vilas Distinguished Achievement and Sorenson Professor, University of Wisconsin.
2016 Elected Fellow, Ecological Society of America.
2011-12 Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
2011-12 Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin.
2010 Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Research Award, University of Wisconsin.
2009 Silverstein-Simeone Award in Chemical Ecology. Internat. Soc. of Chemical Ecology.
2008 Aspen-FACE (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) “Pioneer” Award.
2007 Chairperson, Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions.
2006 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
2005 “Distinguished Ecologist” Lecture Series, Mich. Tech. Univ. & USDA Forest Service.
2004 Vice chairperson, Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions.
1997 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, New Zealand.
1997 AgResearch Research Fellowship, Grasslands Research Centre, New Zealand.
1996 H.I. Romnes Award, University of Wisconsin.
1994 Glenn Pound Award for Outstanding Research, University of Wisconsin.
1985 NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Environmental Biology.