Carla Essenberg – Plant Ecology
Carla J. Essenberg
Carnegie Science Hall, Room 411
Plant ecology and plant-animal interactions
Professor Essenberg is broadly interested in species interactions and in how mutually-beneficial interactions shape the ecology and evolution of their participants. In particular, she is interested in what governs variation in the benefits and costs organisms experience from their interactions. Work in her laboratory focuses on plant-pollinator mutualisms and uses a combination of field studies and behavioral experiments in the laboratory to address two major questions:
1) What determines whether plants will compete or cooperate in attracting pollinators?
2) What selective pressures shape the benefits and information plants provide to their pollinators?
Professor Essenberg’s courses will include Biostatistics, Plant Ecology, Seminar and Research in Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Organismal Biology.
For more information, see the Essenberg lab website.