200 College Ave., Room 364
Medford, MA 02155
Faculty Profile Email Dr. Orians
My research group is broadly focused on the consequences of global change biology to natural and managed systems. The work extends from a focus on plant responses, to plant-herbivore interactions, to farmer livelihoods. The work is often interdisciplinary, and involves collaborations with theoretical biologists, chemists, economists and other social scientists. This work includes studies that have explored:
Members of the lab have worked with diverse plant systems including eastern hemlock, tea in China, coffee in Costa Rica, old fields, and green roof plant communities.
Current Lab Members
PhD Student since 2020
Bridget is interested in the ecology of movement in agricultural landscapes, and its influence on ecosystem services
PhD Student since 2018
I came to Tufts after completing an MS in Entomology at Michigan State University and then working as a teacher and researcher at Loyola University Chicago. While working towards a PhD in the biology department, I have become fascinated with how spatial variation in plant chemistry can cascade up to influence trophic interactions. I am currently studying Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, a viral pathogen called JcDNV, and english plantain to learn more about how spatial heterogeneity can influence population dynamics.
PhD Student since 2016
Gabriela is interested in the effects of climate on coffee as a socioagricultural system.
Post-Doctoral Associate since 2020
Climate impacts on coffee chemistry and quality