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Contact Info:
Environmental Studies Program
Tufts University
Barnum Hall, Room 201
163 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Email: sara.gomez@tufts.edu

Dr. Sara "Coco" Gomez

Research interests

In an 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 ecological implications.