Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.


Courses Taught

  • 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

Research Interests

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.


(*undergraduate co-author)

  • *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.



B.A., University of Vermont, Botany, 1984
M.A., University of Colorado, Education, 1987
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, 1997