Norris Muth

Biology Department NSF

Name: Norris Muth

Department: Biology

General Statement of Expertise:

I am a plant evolutionary ecologist who's previous studies have focused on introduced invasive species, their effects on native communities, potential for control by biological agents and differences from non-invasive introductions. My current research addresses the role of biotic and abiotic factors in affecting tri-trophic dynamics of Lindera benzoin, its insect herbivores, their parasitoids and predators. In addition to field ecology techniques and experimental design and statistical analytical methodology, I use analytical chemistry techniques in assessing the defensive properties and nutritional value of leaf tissue.

Description of role in this project:

As postdoctoral research associate I coordinate the activities of undergraduate participants as well as conducting my own research. In particular I assist students in developing their field techniques, help plan and execute experimental designs and subsequent analyses. My own project relates to the influence of the surrounding overstory community on the dynamics of the L. benzoin system. Specifically we are investigating the potential direct and indirect effects of black walnut (Juglans nigra) allelopathic chemistry on the insect herbivores of L. benzoin.

Faculty webpage:

Norris is now an Assitant (to the) Professor at Juniata College

Contact info:

Office: 306 Shankweiler
Lab: 305 and 306 Shankweiler
Phone: (484) 664-3742
Fax: (484) 664-3407

Mailing address:
Department of Biology
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA 18104



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0442049. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.