Stephen Malcolm

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Stephen Malcolm
Professor of Biological Sciences
Office: 
(269) 387-5604
Location: 
3151 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Mailing address: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA
Research interests: 
  • Chemical ecology
  • Ecology
Bio: 

Dr. Stephen Malcolm is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University.

Malcolm is a chemical ecologist interested in chemically mediated interactions among plants, herbivores and natural enemies. He is particularly interested in how cardiac-active steroids vary in milkweeds in response to insect herbivore attack, how these steroids are handled by the herbivores and how they impact parasitoids and predators. In addition, he works on ways to measure the ecological risks associated with widespread agricultural use of genetically modified plants. These interests merged with a controversy over the effects of Bt corn pollen on monarch butterfly larvae feeding on milkweeds.

Malcolm has:

  • Edited the interdisciplinary journal Chemoecology.
  • Presented research papers at Gordon Research Conferences and at international meetings and universities in the U.S., Europe and Australia.
  • Published extensively in refereed journals and books including Biology and Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly.

Students in Malcolm's laboratory and their research topics:

  • Justin Daniel, Ph.D. degree program, stability dynamics and defense epression in three trophic level interactions among milkweeds, Aphis nerii and natural enemies.
  • Reginald Mwaya, Ph.D. degree program, population viability analysis and conservation ecology of the pancake tortoise in Tanzania.
  • Kate Rowbotham, M.S. degree program, implications of fire management regimes on grassland diversity.
  • Benjamin Slager, Ph.D. degree program, ecology of host plant use and migration of the southern monarch butterfly in Bolivia and Argentina.

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