Research Project: Enhancing Crop Pollination, Pest Control, and Yield in Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is a growing component of local and regional food systems, yet little is known about factors limiting crop productivity in urban environments. Dr Jamieson’s research will investigate beneficial insects and the ecosystem services, such as pollination and pest control, that they provide in urban agriculture. She will explore the composition of the insect community, evaluate strategies for enhancing ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects, and characterize the role that plant chemical compounds play in defending against insect pests and in attracting plant pollinators.

About Mary Jamieson, Ph.D.Mary Jamieson New Innovator portrait

Assistant Professor, Oakland University

Dr. Mary Jamieson is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research program investigates ecological relationships among plants and their insect herbivores and pollinators, with a focus on understanding how anthropogenic environmental change influences species’ traits and interactions. Dr. Jamieson received her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She completed a Master’s degree at the University of Texas and undergraduate degrees at the University of Kansas. Prior to her current position at Oakland University, Dr. Jamieson worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Colorado State University in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and as a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin in Entomology.