Kaoru Tsuji (Ph.D)

 

My research interests focus on how gender differences of flower traits have evolved, how they are maintained, and how they affect flower visitors including both pollinators and florivores and nectar microbes. 

 

In my current postdoctoral position, I am studying the sexual differences of floral traits in Eurya japonica, which exhibit different morphologies and chemical defense strategies between males and females. 

 

My doctoral research investigated the adaptation and evolution of florivorous geometrid moths on E. japonica. This revealed female flowers are lethal for moth larvae whose host is male flowers, and also that mother moths have evolved adaptive oviposition preferences for male flowers.