Thomas A. Kursar
Professor of Biology


U of U Campus View

My main interest is the explanation of ecological patterns and processes via physiological and biochemical mechanisms. My current area of research is the evolution of plant chemical defenses. In short, plant chemistry is poorly understood and, as such, is cryptic trait. To address this issue, we use UPLC-mass spectrometry to characterize the plant metabolome. Other interests include the mechanisms that determine the distributions of tropical forest plants and how academic skills, such as basic research and training, can be applied to conservation. That led to the development of a bioprospecting program that is closely linked with conservation.

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