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Abigail Kula
Abigail A.R. Kula Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
(301) 447-6863
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Ph.D., University of Maryland (2012)
M.S., Kansas State University (2003)
B.S., Texas A&M University (2000)



Areas of Study

Plant ecology, plant-insect interactions, pollination ecology, population dynamics, mutualism


Kula, AAR, DM Castillo, MR Dudash and CB Fenster. In press. “Interactions between a pollinating seed predator and its host plant: the role of environmental context within a population.” Ecology and Evolution.

Castillo, DM, AAR Kula, MR Dudash and CB Fenster. 2014. “Invasive Silene latifolia may benefit from a native pollinating seed predator, Hadena ectypa, in North America” International Journal of Plant Science. 175(1): 80-91.

Kula, AAR, MR Dudash and CB Fenster. 2013. “A nursery pollinator as a selective agent on floral traits through oviposition behavior.” American Journal of Botany. 100(6): 1148-1154. doi:10.3732/ajb.1200636

Castillo, DM, AAR Kula, KAD Fenster, CB Fenster and MR Dudash. 2013. “Specialist pollinating seed predators exhibit oviposition strategy consistent with optimal foraging and optimal oviposition theories.” Ecological Entomology. 38: 164-172. doi: 10.1111/een.12003

Reynolds, RJ, AAR Kula, CB Fenster and MR Dudash. 2012. “Variability in nursery pollinator importance and effects on plant reproductive success.” Oecologia. 168: 439–448. doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2095-9.

Louda, SM, TA Rand, AAR Kula, AE Arnett, NM West and B Tenhumberg. 2011. “Priority resource access mediates competitive intensity between an invasive weevil and native floral herbivores.” Biological Invasions. 13(10): 2233–2248.

Dalgleish, HJ, AR Kula, DC Hartnett and BK Sandercock. 2008. “Responses of two bunchgrasses to nitrogen addition in tallgrass prairie: the role of bud bank demography.” American Journal of Botany. 95(6): 672–680.

Kula, AAR, DC Hartnett and GWT Wilson. 2005. “Effects of mycorrhizal symbiosis on tallgrass prairie plant-herbivore interactions.” Ecology Letters. 8(1): 61–69.

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