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Tyler Coverdale

Tyler Coverdale


Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Adviser Robert Pringle
Year of Study G4
Undergraduate Institution Brown University
Undergraduate Major Biology


Personal Bio
I grew up in Cleveland, OH but spent most of my summers in the Colorado Rockies fishing and hiking. I've enjoyed being outside from an early age and through ~15 years of full and part-time jobs have never had one that was indoors. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, hiking, running and cooking.
Fun Fact I started my undergraduate as a history major and only changed after taking an introductory ecology course my sophomore year.
Research Keywords Community Ecology, African Ecology, Plant Defenses
Research Pitch

I study the ways in which plants defend themselves against large mammalian herbivores (e.g. elephants, buffalo, impala) in African savannas. Many plants produce long spines and hooked thorns that physically deter herbivores, but others rely on more indirect methods. Some grow in close proximity to spiny plants but produce no spines of their own. Others don't produce spines until they've been partially eaten, reserving limited resources for growth and reproduction instead. I'm interested in the ecological and evolutionary consequences of different strategies for both plants and herbivores.

Meet and Greet 10/12  
Meet and Greet 10/13 Yes, I will attend
Meet and Greet 10/17 Attendance TBA
Meal for Mentoring 11/14 Yes, I will attend
Meal for Mentoring 11/15 No, I will not attend

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