Contributor since Fall 2016

Luis Aguirre

PhD Student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Luis Aguirre

Research Area: Pollination ecology, multi-trophic interactions.

I am currently a PhD student in the Adler lab at UMass Amherst. I am interested in how plants interact simultaneously with mutualists and antagonists. I study how plant damage affects nectar chemistry and how changes in nectar chemistry modify how pollinators and plants interact. When plants are damaged by herbivores toxic chemicals in nectar often increase. One of the most intriguing possible effects of this is that pollinators that carry parasites will use such chemicals to self-medicate. Additionally, I want to investigate how nectar chemistry variations affect the structure of pollination networks.

Lastly, I am a writer and managing editor for That’s Life [Science] Blog.