Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
- BIOL 120: Essentials of Biology
- BIOL 151: Diversity and Patterns of Life
- BIOL 352: Botany
- BIOL 353: Rocky Mountain Flora
- BIOL 362: Evolutionary Biology: Theory and application
- BIOL 495: Senior Seminar
- SCI 110: Habitable Planet
- SCI 111: The Nature of Science
I am an evolutionary ecologist with specific interests in the areas of plant-animal interactions, evolutionary community ecology, the evolution of plant defense, and the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptive evolution. I am committed to involving undergraduate students in research, have mentored numerous undergraduate independent research projects, and incorporate research experiences into many of my courses.
Research With Undergraduates
- Gwen McGlothlen, Jessie Dodge, Lance Kittel, and Maurissa Kasunic. Transgenerational defense induction in Brassica rapa.
- Bethany Waller and Shayna Keller. The effects of three environmentally persistent hormone disrupting chemicals on Ceratopteris richardii sex ratios.
- Pamela King. An investigation of tradeoffs in herbicide resistant Brassica rapa: effect on pollen and ovule production, biomass, and development. 2011-2012.
- Emily Donahue, Brandee Wills, and Bethany Waller. Genetic architecture of herbivore defensive traits in populations of Asclepias speciosa along an elevational gradient. 2010-2011.
- *Oney, M. and Bingham, R.A. Effects of simulated and natural herbivory on tomato (Solanum lycopersicon var. esculentum) leaf trichomes. In press.
- Anurag A. Agrawal, Georg Petschenka, Robin A. Bingham, Marjorie G. Weber, and Sergio Rasmann. 2012. Toxic cardenolides: chemical ecology and coevolution of specialized plant-herbivore interactions (Tansley Review). New Phytologist 194:28–45.
- Bingham, R.A. and A. Agrawal. 2010. Specificity and trade-offs in the induced plant defense of common milkweed Asclepias syriaca to two lepidopteran herbivores. Journal of Ecology 98:1014-1022.
Bingham, R. A. and T. A. Ranker. 2000. Genetic diversity in alpine and foothill populations of Campanula rotundifolia (Campanulaceae). International Journal of Plant Science 161(3):403-411.
- Bingham, R.A. 2009. How to Lead: Navigating gender issues in and out of the classroom. In Becoming and Being: Women’s Experiences in Leadership in K-16 Science Education. K. Wieseman and M. Weinburgh (eds.) Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg, New York.
- Bingham, Robin. 2006. Bats, Birds and Butterflies: Conserving pollinators. Journal of Biogeography 33: 1150-1152
- *Gasch, Caley and Robin Bingham. 2006. Variation in seed germination characteristics among populations of Bromus tectorum in the Gunnison Basin. Bios 77(1): 7-12
- Bingham, R.A. and T.A. Ranker. 2000. Genetic diversity in alpine and foothill populations of Campanula rotundifolia (Campanulaceae). International Journal of Plant Science 161(3): 403-411.
- Bingham, Robin A. 1999. Pollinator limitation in arctic alpine environments: myth or fact of life above treeline? Science Progress 82(2): 103-112.
- *Bingham, R.A. and A.R. Orthner. 1998. Efficient pollination of alpine plants. Nature 391:238-239.
- Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society: Western State Colorado University Chapter
- Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society: National Home Page