Murphy Lab

Plant - Insect Ecology

 
 

Research in the Murphy lab is primarily focused on the ecology and evolution of species interactions, specifically plant-insect interactions. Our goal is to understand why insects eat what they do and to approach this research by asking questions at multiple scales, from populations to communities to ecosystems. 


At the scale of populations and species, we are interested in why some herbivorous insects are specialists while others are generalists and how each of these groups choose their host plants.  At the scale of communities, we study how natural enemies affect community structure and population dynamics of herbivorous insects. Finally, at the ecosystem scale, we have projects that investigate how nutrient cycling and resource subsidies may affect interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants both directly as well as indirectly by altering the impact that natural enemies and detritivores have on populations of herbivores. 


Our research program is integrative, drawing on techniques and theory developed in a variety of disciplines including anatomy, behavior, biogeochemistry, botany, chemistry, ecology, entomology and evolutionary biology.

 

Welcome!

Dr. Shannon Murphy


Assistant Professor

University of Denver


Mudd Hall,  Room 309

2101 E. Wesley Ave

Denver, CO 80208


Shannon.M.Murphy[at]du.edu

Office: (303) 871-7571

Fax: (303) 871-3471

News from the Murphy Lab

September 2013 - Welcome Laurel Cepero and Mayra Vidal, both starting PhD’s in the lab!


May 2013 - Congratulations to Bergen Tjossem for receiving a Summer Research Grant from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!


February 2013 - Our NSF RET grant was funded!  We look forward to welcoming elementary school teachers to our lab this summer!


January 2013 - Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnes for passing her written and oral exams!


December 2012 - Congratulations to Kylee Grenis for passing her proposal defense and becoming a PhD Candidate!!


November 2012 - Kylee Grenis’ paper was published in the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society - congratulations Kylee!


June 2012 - Congratulations to Jenn Vernick for receiving Distinction in Biology for her Honors’ Thesis!


June 2012 - Congratulations to MacKenzie Kjeldgaard and Amy Flansburg for receiving travel grants from the DU Undergraduate Research Center to attend the Ecological Society of America annual meeting.


May 2012 - Congratulations to MacKenzie Kjeldgaard and Jenny McCarty for receiving Summer Research Grants from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!


March 2012 - Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnes for receiving a DU Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement!


January 2012 - Kylee Grenis successfully passed her written and oral exams!


January 2012 - Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnes for receiving a Sigma Xi grant!


December 2011 - Congratulations to Jenn Vernick for receiving a Partners in Scholarship (PinS) grant from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!


May 2011 - Congratulations to Amy Flansburg for receiving a Summer Research Grant from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!


May 2011 - Congratulations to MacKenzie Kjeldgaard for receiving a Summer Research Grant from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!


May 2011 - Congratulations to Jenny McCarty for receiving the Shubert Award from the Biology Department at DU!


April 2011 - Congratulations to Kylee Grenis for receiving a DU Graduate Studies Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Engagement!


April 2011 - Congratulations to Jenny McCarty for receiving a Pustmueller Summer Fellowship!


March 2011 - Congratulations to Andrew Haertzen for receiving a Partners in Scholarship (PinS) grant from the DU Undergraduate Research Center!