Selina A. Ruzi
PhD. Candidate, Suarez Lab
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I am generally interested in invasion ecology and plant-insect interactions. My thesis focuses primarily on determining if non-myrmecochorous plants (plants that do not have elaiosome food bodies attached to seeds) engage in ant-mediated seed dispersal and what chemical cues promote this seed-ant dispersal interaction.