Three senior undergraduates created a case study to teach selection curves as their final project in my evolution course at the University of Denver. After lots of work, we successfully got it published at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, which is a great resource. Check out our case and use it in your classroom!
…decreased herbivore damage by about 50% in our study that was just published today in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Furthermore, the effect of fire on insect herbivore damage was mostly direct, but indirect effects mediated through changes in plant quality were also significant. Our results have important implications for the effects of climate-driven increases in fire severity on plant-insect interactions. I had a blast working with Shannon (PI) and members of the Murphy lab on this fun project that was way outside my area of expertise. Thanks for including me Shannon!