The Muchhala Lab
University of Missouri - St. Louis
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      Welcome to the Muchhala Lab at UMSL!

  We study the evolutionary ecology of pollination systems.  Counterclockwise from bottom left: Belen, Raj, Sebastian, Nathan, Ajith, Jordan, Rieka, Giulia.

   Representative Publications and Press Coverage:

Gamba, D. and N. Muchhala. (2023). Pollinator type strongly impacts gene flow within and among plant populations for six Neotropical species. Ecology 104 (1), e3845

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),, 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

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