Matt Forister

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 784-6770
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Biology
  • Research Fields: Population Ecology, Evolution Of Ecological Interactions
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Biology, General, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation


The Forister lab works in the areas of specialization, diversification, and plant-insect ecology. Specific questions and topics include the evolution of diet breadth, evolutionary interactions across trophic levels, phenology and population regulation. We are also interested in the conservation and management of insect diversity. In the field, our research includes the Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada, and much of the western hemisphere including tropical sites. In the lab, we combine physiological and behavioral experiments with genomic sequencing of novel-model organisms.