Plant-Insect Interactions

July 21 – Aug 4: Synchronous, online sessions, Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Sessions will be recorded so you can watch later if you are unable to attend.

August 6 OR August 7 (Friday OR Saturday). A one-day, in-person session at the Field Station. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Gretchen Meyer, Director of the UWM Field Station, is an ecologist who studies the interactions between insects and their host plants.

The Course: Plants have both beneficial and antagonistic relationships with insects: they rely on insects for pollination but also must contend with the numerous insects trying to eat them.  This course will examine the interactions between plants and their insect pollinators and herbivores.  We will survey the major groups of pollinators and herbivores, and discuss plant strategies for attracting pollinators and coping with herbivory.  We will also cover carnivorous plants – a case where the tables are turned on herbivorous insects!  The in-person field session will include time in the field observing plants and insects.

Participants will need to drive their own vehicles to nearby field sites.

Workshop fee: $110. Available for 1 college credit or 1.3 CEU

Useful materials to bring to the field session: Please bring a small notebook for recording observations and notes in the field. Plan on spending time outside, so bring clothing that can get wet or dirty, and be prepared for sun and/or rain. Bring close-focusing binoculars or a hand lens if you have one (some hand lenses will be available for you to borrow). If you have any favorite insect or flower guides you can bring them along (not required).

Register here.