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Biological Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Arceo Gomez

Gerardo  Arceo-Gomez 

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
423-439-6613 /
Brown Hall, Room 329


Research Interests:

In my lab we are interested in evaluating the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant-animal interactions. Particularly of interactions between plants and their pollinators. Current research in my lab aims to understand the processes and mechanisms that allow plant coexistence, flowering overlap and pollinator-sharing in diverse plant communities. We are particularly interested in determining the roles that negative (i.e. competition and heterospecific pollen transfer) and positive (i.e. facilitation) plant-plant interactions via pollinators play in the assemblage of co-flowering communities. For this we use a variety of approaches including field and greenhouse experiments as well as make use of community assembly and network theory. Plant-pollinator interactions are not just fascinating from an ecological perspective, but are also responsible for the majority of our food supply. These interactions are also crucial for the maintenance of biodiversity and are currently being threatened by changes in climate and habitat use. Overall, my research covers broad topics such as plant biology, plant-animal interactions, conservation biology, community ecology, pollination biology and floral trait evolution.

If you are interested in knowing more about my work please check out my lab web page here

Selected Publications:

Arceo-Gómez G., Abdala-Roberts L., Jankowiak A., Kohler C., Meindl G. A., Navarro- Fernández C., Parra-Tabla V., Ashman T-L., Alonso C. 2015. Patterns of among- and within-species variation in heterospecific pollen receipt: the importance of ecological generalization. American Journal of Botany DOI:10.3732/ajb.1500155.

Arceo-Gómez G., Raguso R., Geber M. 2015. Can plants evolve tolerance mechanisms to heterospecific pollen effects? An experimental test of the adaptive potential in Clarkia species. Oikos DOI: 10.1111/oik.02594.

Celaya I. N., Arceo-Gómez G., Alonso C., Parra-Tabla V. 2015. Negative effects of heterospecific pollen receipt vary with abiotic conditions: ecological and evolutionary implications. Annals of Botany DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcv110.

Meindl G. A., Koski M. H., Arceo-Gomez G., Wolowski M., Lecroy K. A., Ashman T-L. 2015. Plant-Flower visitor networks in a serpentine community: assessing traits associated with keystone plant species. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 9: 9-21.

Arceo-Gómez G., Ashman T-L. 2014. Heterospecific pollen receipt affects self pollen more than outcross pollen in Mimulus guttatus: implications for mixed-mating plants. Ecology 95: 2946-2952.

Arceo-Gómez G., Ashman T-L. 2014. Patterns of pollen quantity and quality limitation of pre-zygotic reproduction in Mimulus guttatus vary with co-flowering community context. Oikos 123: 1261-1269.

Arceo-Gómez G., Ashman T-L. 2014. Coflowering community context influences female fitness and alters the adaptive value of flower longevity in Mimulus guttatus. The American Naturalist 183: E50-E63.

Abdala-Roberts L., Marrufo-Zapata D., Arceo-Gómez G., Parra-Tabla V. 2014. Pollen limitation, fruit abortion and autonomous selfing in three populations of the perennial herb Ruellia nudiflora. Plant Species Biology 29: 25-33.

Alonso C., Navarro C., Arceo-Gómez G., Meindl G. A., Parra-Tabla V., Ashman T-L. 2013. Among-species differences in pollen quality and quantity limitation: Implications for endemics in biodiverse hotspots. Annals of Botany 112: 1461-1469.

Ashman T-L., Arceo-Gómez G. 2013. Toward a predictive understanding of the fitness costs of heterospecific pollen receipt and its importance in co-flowering communities. American Journal of Botany 100: 1061-1070.

Arceo-Gómez G., Martinez M. L., Parra-Tabla V., García-Franco J. G. 2012. Floral and reproductive biology of the Mexican endemic Chamaecrista chamaecristoides (Fabaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 139: 260-269.

 Arceo-Gómez G., Ashman T-L. 2011. Heterospecific pollen deposition: does diversity alter the consequences? New Phytologist 192: 738-746.

Arceo-Gómez G., Martínez M. L., Parra-Tabla V., García-Franco J. G. 2011. Anther and stigma morphology in mirror-image flowers of Chamaecrista chamaecristoides (Fabaceae): implications for buzz-pollination. Plant Biology 13 s1: 19-2.

Arceo-Gómez G., Parra-Tabla V., Navarro J. 2009. Changes in sexual expression as a result of defoliation and environment in a monoecious shrub in Mexico: implications for pollination. Biotropica 41: 435-441.



    Conservation Biology (BIOL4737/5737)

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