Environmental Studies Program
Tufts Institute of the Environment
210 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Dr. Sara "Coco" Gomez
ever-changing environment, plants must adjust their phenotypes in order to
survive and maximize their fitness. Through phenotypic changes plants can cope
with a variety of stressors such as resource shortage, competition with
neighbors, pathogen and herbivore attacks, etc. I am intrigued by how plants
are able to fine-tune and tailor their responses to particular stressors, such
as different herbivores and the trade-offs that arise from activating different
suite of responses. My research interests to date have focused on
herbivore-induced chemical and mechanical
changes, their mechanisms and
- Schaeffer RN, Soltis NE, Martin, JL, Brown, AL, Gomez S, Preisser EL and Orians CM (2017) Seasonal variation in effects of herbivory on foliar nitrogen of a threatened conifer. AoB PLANTS 9: plx007.
- Soltis N, Gomez S, Gonda-King L, Preisser EL and Orians CM (2015) Contrasting effects of two exotic invasive hemipterans on whole-plant resource allocation in a declining conifer. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 157: 86-97.
- Gomez S, Gonda-King L, Orians CM, Orwig DA, Panko R, Radville L,
Soltis N, Thornber CS, and Preisser EL (2015) Interactions between invasive herbivores
and their long-term impact on New England hemlock forests. Biological Invasions 17: 661-673
- Gomez S, Gonda-King L, Orians CM & Preisser EL
(2014). Competitor avoidance drives within-host feeding site selection in a
passively dispersed herbivore. Ecological Entomology 39: 10-16
- Gonda-King L, Gomez S, Martin JL, Orians CM & Preisser EL (2014)Tree responses to an
invasive sap-feeding insect. Plant Ecology 215: 297-30
- Soltis NE, Gomez S, Leisk GG, Sherwood P, Preisser EL, Bonello P, Orians CM
(2014) Failure under stress: The effect of the exotic herbivoreAdelges
tsugae on biomechanics ofTsuga canadensis. Annals of Botany 113:
- Korpita T, Gomez S & Orians CM (2014). Cues from a specialist herbivore increase tolerance to
defoliation in tomato. Functional Ecology 28: 395–401
- Radville L, Gonda-King L,Gomez S,
Kaplan I, Preisser EL (2014) Are exotic herbivores better competitors? A
meta-analysis. Ecology 95:30-36
- Pezet J, Elkinton J, Gomez S, McKenzie EA, Lavine M, Preisser EL
(2013) Hemlock woolly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale induce changes
in foliar and twig volatiles of eastern hemlock. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:1090-1100
- Gomez S, Steinbrenner AD, Osorio S, Schueller M, Ferrieri RA,
Fernie AR & Orians CM (2012). From shoots to roots: transport and metabolic
changes in tomato after simulated feeding by a specialist lepidopteran.
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 144: 101-111
- Gomez S, Orians CM & Preisser EL (2012). Exotic herbivores on a shared host:
foliar quality after single, simultaneous, and sequential attack. Oecologia 169(4): 1015-1024
- Steinbrenner AD*, Gomez S*, Osorio S, Fernie AR & Orians CM (2011).
changes in tomato primary metabolism after herbivory by a generalist and a specialist.
J Chem Ecol 37: 1294-1303. * These authors contributed equally
- Orians CM, Thorn A, Gomez S (2011).
Herbivore-induced resource sequestration in plants:
Why bother? Oecologia 167:1-9
- Gomez S, Ferrieri RA, Schueller M, Orians CM (2010).
Methyl jasmonate elicits rapid
changes in carbon and nitrogen dynamics in tomato. New Phytol 188:835-844
- Gomez S, van Dijk W, Stuefer JF (2010).
Timing of induced resistance in a clonal plant
network. Plant Biology 12:512-517
- Hanik N, Gomez S, Schueller M, Orians CM, Ferrieri RA (2010).
Use of gaseous 13NH(3)
administered to intact leaves of nicotiana tabacum to study changes in nitrogen
utilization during defence induction. Plant Cell and Environment 33:2173-2179
- Hanik N, Gomez S, Best M, Schueller M, Orians CM, Ferrieri RA (2010).
Partitioning of new
carbon as 11C in nicotiana tabacum reveals insight into methyl
jasmonate induced changes in metabolism. J Chem Ecol 36:1058-1067
- Latzel V, Klimesova J, Hajek T, Gomez S, Smilauer P (2010).
Maternal effects alter
progeny's response to disturbance and nutrients in two plantago species. Oikos 119:1700-1710
- Latzel V, Hajek T, Klimesova J, Gomez S (2009).
Nutrients and disturbance history in two plantago species: Maternal effects as a clue for observed dichotomy between
resprouting and seeding strategies. Oikos 118:1669-1678
- Gomez S (2008)
The importance of being connected: Induced resistance to herbivores in Trifolium repens networks. PhD Thesis. Experimental plant ecology
department, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. ISBN
- Gomez S, Onoda Y, Ossipov V, Stuefer JF (2008).
Systemic induced resistance: A
risk-spreading strategy in clonal plant networks? New Phytol 179:1142-1153
- Gomez S, Latzel V, Verhulst YM, Stuefer JF (2007).
Costs and benefits of induced
resistance in a clonal plant network. Oecologia 153:921-930
- Perea J, Garcia A, Gomez G, Acero R, Pena F, Gomez S (2007).
Effect of ligh tand
substratum structural complexity on microhabitat selection by the snail helix
aspersa muller. J Molluscan Stud 73:39-43
- Gomez S, Stuefer JF (2006).
Members only: Induced systemic resistance to herbivory in a
clonal plant network. Oecologia 147:461-468
- Hosaka N, Gomez S, Kachi N, Stuefer JF, Whigham DF (2005).
The ecological significance
of clonal growth in the understory tree, pawpaw (asimina triloba). Northeast Nat 12:11-22
- Stuefer JF, Gomez S, Van Molken T * (2004).
Clonal integration beyond resource sharing:
Implications for defence signalling and disease transmission in clonal plant
networks. Evol Ecol 18:647-667 *All Authors contributed equally