Kaoru Tsuji (Ph.D)


My research interests focus on how sexual differences in floral traits have evolved, how they are maintained, and how they affect flower visitors including pollinators, florivores and nectar microbes.  (20min. talk at a symposium  https://youtu.be/gozksIrpFUo)


I am studying Eurya japonica flowers, which exhibit different morphologies and chemical defense strategies between females and males. 


My doctoral research investigated the adaptation and evolution of florivorous geometrid moths on E. japonica. This revealed female flowers are lethal for moth larvae whose host is male flowers, and also that mother moths have evolved adaptive oviposition preferences for male flowers.