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Stephen Malcolm

Stephen Malcolm

Office: (269) 387-5604
Lab: (269) 387-5604

Office: 3151 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 3440 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

Research interests

Dr. 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 the recent controversy over the effects of Bt corn pollen on monarch butterfly larvae feeding on milkweeds. Dr. Malcolm has published extensively in refereed journals and books and edited the interdisciplinary journal Chemoecology, as well as the book "Biology and Conservation of the Monarch Butterfly." He has also presented research papers at Gordon Research Conferences and at international meetings and universities in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Students in Dr. Malcolm's laboratory

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