DR. KATE MATHIS
I am an ecologist studying complex species interactions, particularly those involving social insects in agroecosystems.
Begin Assistant Professor of Ecology position at
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Pollination mutualisms are often multi-species, multi-tactic interactions, yet so often they are only studied as single behavior, pair-wise interactions. This project contrasts three distinct flower visitation strategies (legitimate nectar collection, nectar robbing, and pollen collection) to compare their effects on A. pungens (pointleaf manzanita) reproductive success.
Mutualistic ant-plant interactions in which plants provide ants with nectar directly from structures at the base of the leaves (extrafloral nectaries), and the ants in turn protect plants against herbivores are common in agriculture, yet poorly understood. In this project I examine the community dynamics in a multi-species ant-plant protection mutualism in peach orchards