Welcome to the research group of
Thomas Kursar and Phyllis Coley
Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of
tropical rainforest plants and their interaction
Using a phylogenetic context, we characterize plant
defenses, especially secondary metabolites and link
this with herbivore host choice.
We hope to shed light on factors driving high local plant diversity in the tropics, evolutionary impacts of plants
and herbivores on each other, and how these interactions
may promote speciation.