James (JC) Cahill, Ph.D.
JC teaches at the University of Alberta, where he heads up the Cahill Lab of Experimental Plant Ecology. Curious and open minded, JC and his students study "whatever sounds fun and interesting." He is adept at presenting hard science to the general public in a fun, inviting, easy-to-understand manner.

Ian Baldwin, Ph.D.
Ian received his BA in biology from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in chemical ecology from Cornell. He was an assistant, associate, and then full professor in the Department of Biology, SUNY Buffalo and, since 1996, has been a director and scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

Consuelo De Moraes, Ph.D.
A professor of entomology at Penn State, Consuelo's work focuses on chemical communication in the plant world, including the defensive responses of plants to insect feeding. Her research is aimed at "understanding the ecological dynamics of plant signaling and ultimately at unraveling the influences of chemically mediated communication on community structure and dynamics."

Mark Mescher, Ph.D.
Mark is assistant professor of entomology at Penn State, where he heads up the Mark Mescher Lab. His research "focuses on the role of plant volatiles in mediating ecological and evolutionary interactions among plants, insects, and pathogens."

Susan Dudley, Ph.D.
A McMaster University associate professor of biology, Susan's research led to the discovery that plants are more competitive when potted with strangers of the same species than when potted with their siblings. She continues with her work in this and other areas.

Ragan (Ray) Callaway, Ph.D.
Ray teaches at the University of Montana and oversees the Callaway Lab, where research focuses on the interactions between plants. In particular, Ray examines the interactions between exotic invaders and native plant life in an effort to understand why the invading species can so effectively take over a territory that is already established by other plant life.

Suzanne Simard, Ph.D.
Suzanne teaches in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where her research interests include forest ecology, complex systems and ecological resilience, forest stand dynamics (regeneration, competition, mortality), forest disturbances and mycorrhiza (the symbiotic association between the roots of plants and fungi.

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