Judith X Becerra
Associate Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP
Associate Research Professor
Associate Research Scientist, BIO5 Institute
Associate Research Scientist, Biosphere 2
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Department Affiliations
(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., Venable, G. X., & Saeidi, V. (2015). Erratum to Wolbachia-Free Heteropterans Do Not Produce Defensive Chemicals or Alarm Pheromones (vol 41, pg 593, 2015). JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY, 41(9), 869-869.
Becerra, J. X., & Noge, K. (2010). THE MEXICAN ROOTS OF THE INDIAN LAVENDER TREE. ACTA BOTANICA MEXICANA, 91, 27-36.
Evans, P., Becerra, J., Venable, D., & Bowers, W. (1999). Chemical analysis of squirt-gun defense in Bursera and counterdefense by chrysomelid beetles. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY, 26(3), 745-754.
Becerra, J. (2010). Evolution of Mexican Bursera (Burseraceae) inferred from ITS, ETS, and 5S nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 26(2), 300-309.
Becerra, J. X., Venable, D. L., & Gerst, K. L. (2017). Reproductive consequences of female biased sex ratios at the range edge in Bursera microphylla (Burseraceae). Botanical Sciences.