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David Haak

211 Latham Hall (0390)
220 Ag Quad Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Assistant Professor

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.

Research Interests

Evolutionary ecological genomics / genetics in plant defense and physiology