University of Missouri - St. Louis
Welcome to the Muchhala Lab at UMSL!
We study the evolutionary ecology of pollination systems. Follow the links above to learn more about our research interests and goals.
Note we are currently inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher (details here).
Representative Publications and Press Coverage:
Gamba, D., A. G. Linan and N. Muchhala. (2020). Global patterns of population genetic differentiation in seed plants. Molecular Ecology 29:3413-3428
Armbruster, S., and N. Muchhala. 2020. Floral reorientation: the restoration of pollination accuracy after accidents. New Phytologist 227: 232–243
* Featured in Science Friday (audio), Vox.com, UMSL Daily, and Science Daily News
Moreira, J. and N. Muchhala. 2019. Importance of pollinator-mediated interspecific pollen transfer for angiosperm evolution. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 50:191-217
Muchhala, N., and J.D. Thomson. 2010. Fur versus feathers: Pollen delivery by bats and hummingbirds, and consequences for pollen production. American Naturalist 175(6):717-726
* Featured in Science Podcast (audio) and ScienceNOW
Muchhala, N., and J.D. Thomson. 2009. Going to great lengths: selection for long corolla tubes in an extremely specialized bat-flower mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:2147-2152
* Featured in Nature's Research Highlights, Nature 458:388
Muchhala, N. and M.D. Potts. 2007. Character displacement among bat-pollinated flowers of the genus Burmeistera: analysis of mechanism, process, and pattern. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274:2731-2737
* Featured in Science Daily News
Muchhala, N. 2006. Nectar bat stows huge tongue in rib cage. Nature 444:701-702
* Featured in The New York Times, Quirks & Quarks (audio), Nature Podcast (audio), New Scientist