Olivia Cope

Olivia Cope

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Research Associate with Will Wetzel
Department of Entomology



My research focuses on how and why plant phenotypes vary within species, and the consequences of that variation at higher trophic levels. In particular, I am interested in mechanisms of population-level variation in plant defense traits and in plant ontogeny as an important axis of trait diversity across scales. For my NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Wetzel lab, I will be working with common milkweed and its insect herbivores. I will investigate how climate and genetic variation interact with plant ontogeny to shape milkweed trait diversity and associated insect communities.

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