HerbVar was founded by the Wetzel Lab at Michigan State University. It is led by a Steering Committee and multiple Subgroups that focus on specific topics. Please feel free to email herbvar(a)gmail.com or members of the Planning Group or Coordination Staff if you are interested in the project. For information on how our network runs, please see the HerbVar Document of Collaboration.

HerbVar is funded for 2022-2026 as a US National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network. As part of this, we are currently recruiting new members and organizing new committees and working groups.


HerbVar Steering Committee

Dr. Will Wetzel
Department of Entomology; Department of Integrative Biology
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program
Michigan State University
wcwetzel (a) msu.edu • website
(Lead PI, Asteraceae Coordinator)

Dr. Karen Abbott
Department of Biology
Case Western Reserve University
kcabbott (a) case.edu • website

Dr. Emilio Bruna
Dept of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation; Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
embruna (a) ufl.edu • website

Dr. N. Ivalú Cacho
Departamento de Botánica
Instituto de Biología, UNAM
ivalu.cacho (a) ib.unam.mx • website

Dr. Lee Dyer
Department of Biology
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Program
University of Nevada, Reno
ldyer (a) unr.edu • website
(Ecosystems and Biomes Coordinator)

Dr. Phil Hahn
Department of Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida
hahnp (a) ufl.edu • website
(Apocynaceae and Solanaceae Coordinator)

Dr. Brian Inouye
Department of Biological Science
Florida State University
bdinouye (a) bio.fsu.edu • website

Dr. Nora Underwood
Department of Biological Science
Florida State University
nunderwood (a) bio.fsu.edu • website
(Solanaceae Coordinator)

Dr. Susan Whitehead
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech
swhitehead (a) vt.edu • website
(Focal Species Coordinator)


Damage Estimation Subgroup

Dr. Bastien Castagneyrol
BIOGECO, INRA
University of Bordeaux

Julie Davis
Department of Entomology
Cornell University

Zoe Getman-Pickering
Department of Entomology
Cornell University

Dr. Ian Pearse
Fort Collins Science Center
US Geological Survey

Dr. Will Wetzel
Department of Entomology
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program
Michigan State University

Reproductive Damage Subgroup

Dr. Phil Hahn
Department of Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida

Dr. Paul Ode
Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
Colorado State University

Dr. Susan Whitehead
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech

Insect Sampling Subgroup

Dr. Tania Kim
Department of Entomology
Kansas State University

Dr. Nick Pardikes
Institute of Entomology
Czech Academy of Sciences

Dr. Moria Robinson
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University

Luke Zehr
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University

Arctic Coordination Subgroup

Dr. Anne Muola
Biodiversity Unit
University of Turku

Dr. Aino Kalske
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Turku

Rare Plants Subgroup

Dr. Lee Dyer
Department of Biology
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Program
University of Nevada, Reno

Danielle Salcido
Department of Biology
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Program
University of Nevada, Reno

Predictors of Variability Subgroup

Dr. Paul Ode
Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
Colorado State University

Dr. Ian Pearse
Fort Collins Science Center
US Geological Survey

Succulent Subgroup

Dr. Judie Bronstein
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona

Victoria Luizzi
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona

Tree Subgroup

Dr. Bastien Castagneyrol
BIOGECO, INRA
University of Bordeaux

Dr. Amy Trowbridge
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin, Madison