School of Biological Sciences
Professor Scott Armbruster
- Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BA
- Role Title: Professor of Ecology and Evolution
- Address: King Henry Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2DY
- Telephone: 023 9284 2081
- Email: Scott.Armbruster@port.ac.uk
- Department: School of Biological Science
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
PhD and MSc studies at the University of California, Davis. Previous professorships at Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Trondheim) and University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Evolutionary biology
- Plant and insect ecology
- Community ecology
- Modern methods in comparative biology
- Tropical ecology
- Evolution and ecology of plant-insect interactions, with emphasis on pollination ecology and insect herbivory. Long-term (macroevolutionary) perspectives on plant-insect (co-)evolution, based on molecular-phylogenetic studies of the evolution of chemical and floral traits and ecological relationships.
- Quantitative genetics and development of floral traits involved in attracting, rewarding, and manipulating pollinators; correlated evolution, constraint, and evolvability of floral traits.
- Community ecology, including biotic interactions and effects of local variation in microclimate on the composition and function of plant and insect communities; latitudinal patterns in beta-diversity (species turnover across microhabitats).
- Biogeography: molecular phylogeography and ecology of Beringian plants and insects.
- Evolution of plant mating systems and correlated floral traits, with current emphasis on Collinsia and Tonella (Plantaginaceae).
- Tropical conservation biology, biological consequences of forest fragmentation.
- Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
- Royal Society International Research Grant
Ongoing collaborations with academic staff at:
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- University of California, Berkeley
- California Academy of Sciences
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Postgraduate Research Supervised
Aidan Vey: Evolution of plant signalling to pollinators
Achievement and Recognition
Editorial & Advisory Boards
- Journal of Pollination Ecology (2013-present)
- AoB PLANTS (2013-present)
- Proceeding of the Royal Society, B (Biological Sciences) (2011-present)
- Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research (2007-present)
- Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2001-2004)
- Ecology and Ecological Monographs (1996-1999)
- Evolutionary Processes Panel, US National Science Foundation, USA (2010)
- Ecology Panel, National Science Foundation, USA (2002)
- European Society of Evolutionary Biology
- Society for the Study of Evolution
- Ecological Society of America
- Botanical Society of America
- Association of Tropical Biology & Conservation