Martin Turcotte


I am an evolutionary-ecologist interested in plant-herbivore interactions occurring over very short time scales (weeks) but also over historical timescales (phylogenetic history). My doctoral studies explored how rapid evolution impacted concurrent population dynamics in aphids. Currently I am experimentally testing how human domestication of crop plants has influenced resistance to generalist herbivores. By studying plant defensive traits, I hope to generate a mechanistic understanding of these patterns. Using techniques of experimental evolution I am also studying how domestication and plant traits drive herbivore rapid evolution.

My second project aims to quantify how much herbivory occurs across all vascular plants and to determine whether taxonomic groups differ in their rates of resistance. To do so a large phylogenetically informed literature review will be used.

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  1. Turcotte, M.M., Reznick, D.N. & Hare, J.D. Experimental Test of an Eco-Evolutionary Dynamic Feedback Loop Between Rapid Evolution and Population Density in the Green Peach Aphid. In Press at the American Naturalist.
  2. Turcotte, M.M., Corrin, M. & Johnson, M.T.J. Adaptive evolution in ecological communities. PLoS Biology 10(5): e1001332.
  3. Turcotte, M.M., Reznick, D.N. & Hare, J.D. 2011. The impact of rapid evolution on population dynamics in the wild: Experimental test of eco-evolutionary dynamics. Ecology Letters 11:1084-92.
  4. Turcotte, M.M., Reznick, N.D. & Hare, J.D. 2011. Experimental assessment of the impact of rapid evolution on population dynamics. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13:113-131.
  5. Sachs, J.L., Essenberg, C.J., & Turcotte, M.M. 2011. New paradigms for the evolution of beneficial infections. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26(4):202-209.
  6. Bassar, R.D., Lopez-Sepulcre, A., Walsh, M.R., Turcotte, M.M., Torres-Mejia, M., & Reznick, D.N. 2010. Bridging the gap between ecology and evolution: integrating density regulation and life-history evolution. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1206:17-34.
  7. McKellar, A.E., Turcotte, M.M., & Hendry, A.P. 2009. Environmental factors influencing adult sex ratio in Trinidadian guppies. Oecologia 159(4):735-745.
  8. Turcotte, M.M., Pires, M.N., Vrijenhoek, R.C., & Reznick, D.N. 2008. Pre- and post-fertilization maternal provisioning in livebearing fish species and their hybrids (Poeciliidae: Poeciliopsis). Functional Ecology 22:1118-1124.