School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Haak's research focuses on the integration of the disciplines necessary to dissect the biochemical variation leading to differences in secondary plant compound production and understand how abiotic and biotic factors interact to shape the evolution of these traits in populations. As with other studies of adaptation, his research seeks to identify the genetic underpinnings, for both simple and complex secondary compound traits (e.g. from single compounds to induced cascades), that differentiate populations.
Evolutionary ecological genomics / genetics in plant defense and physiology