Judith X Becerra

Judith X Becerra

Associate Research Scientist, Biosphere 2
Associate Research Professor
Associate Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP
Associate Research Scientist, BIO5 Institute
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(520) 621-9397

Research Interest

Judith Becerra, PhD, is an evolutionary ecologist interested in insect-plant interactions. Her current research combines ecological, biogeographycal, and chemical information with molecular phylogenetics to identify macroevolutionary patterns of host shifts, co-adaptive forces shaping coevolution and evolutionary strategies of plant chemical defenses. She is also interested in plant and insect diversification and ecological chemical interactions between insects and plants. Extensive research has been pursued in the Mexican tropical dry forests with the plant genus Bursera and their herbivores, the beetle genus Blepharida. These two groups have interacted for the last 100 million years and are both highly diverse, with spectacular adaptations and counteradaptations.

Publications

Becerra, J. X. (2018). A phytochemical and pharmacological review on lignans from different Mexican Bursera spp. Phytochemistry Review.
Noge, K., Shimizu, N., & Becerra, J. X. (2010). (R)-(-)-Linalyl Acetate and (S)-(-)-Germacrene D from the Leaves of Mexican Bursera linanoe. NATURAL PRODUCT COMMUNICATIONS, 5(3), 351-354.
BECERRA, J., & VENABLE, D. (1991). THE ROLE OF ANT-HOMOPTERA MUTUALISMS IN THE EVOLUTION OF EXTRAFLORAL NECTARIES. OIKOS.
Becerra, J. X. (2015). Macroevolutionary and geographical intensification of chemical defense in plants driven by insect herbivore selection pressure. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 8, 15-21. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.01.012
BECERRA, J. (1994). SQUIRT-GUN DEFENSE IN BURSERA AND THE CHRYSOMELID COUNTERPLOY. ECOLOGY, 75(7), 1991-1996.