of Evansville, Dept. of Biology
Dr. Hochwender’s research has addressed ecological and evolutionary processes
involving the interactions between terrestrial plants and their herbivores. Questions have
included how plants resist herbivores, the ways in which resistance evolves, allocation
costs of resistance, the importance of plant genetics as a structuring force of arthropod
herbivore communities, plant modular constraints to herbivory, local adaptation of
plants, and plant hybridization. Dr. Hochwender also carries out research on the subject
of restoration ecology. Currently, he is collecting native seeds and using those seeds to
help enhance the plant diversity of Vectren Conservation Park, an 1100-acre research
site on the Wabash River.
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