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Dr. Jamin Eisenbach


Jamin Eisenbach 401L Mark Jefferson Science Complex




B.Sc., Cornell University, 1974

M.Sc., University of California, Berkeley, 1979

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Interests and Expertise

My main interest lies in insect-plant interactions. My research concerns the interactions involved in three trophic levels: plants, the herbivorous insects that feed on them and the natural enemies (predators and parasitoids) of these herbivorous insects. I am presently examining the question of whether or not plant hybrids act as sinks (magnets) for herbivorous insects and whether the natural enemies of these herbivores follow the same patterns as their hosts.


Fox, L. R., K. Kester, and J. Eisenbach. 1996. Direct and indirect responses of parasitoids to plants: sex ratio, plant quality, and herbivore diet breadth. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 80: 289-292.

Eisenbach, J. 1996. Three-trophic-level interactions in cattail hybrid zones. Oecologia 105: 258-265.

Gertz, A., J. Eisenbach and G. Walker. 1994. SEM Identification of Michigan cattails, Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia, and their hybrid, Typha x glauca. Michigan Botanist. 33:24-29.

Fox, L. R., and J. Eisenbach. 1992. Contrary choices: possible exploitation of enemy-free space by herbivorous insects in cultivated vs. wild crucifers. Oecologia 89:574-579.

Fox, L. R., D. K. Letourneau, J. Eisenbach and S. Von Nouhuys. 1990. Parasitism rates and sex ratios of a parasitic wasp: effects of herbivore and plant quality. Oecologia 89:414-419.

Eisenbach, J., and T. E. Mittler. 1987. Extra-nuclear inheritance in a sexually produced aphid: the ability to overcome host plant resistance by biotype hybrids of the greenbug, Schizaphis graminum. Experientia 43:332-334.

Courses Taught

BIO 105 Introductory Biology for Non-majors

BIO 106 Biology from a Human Perspective (planned new course)

BIO 110 Introductory Biology I

BIO 486 Entomology

BIO 586 Entomology


Recipient of the 2002 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching II Award

Recipient of the 2001 EMU Alumni Teaching Excellence Award

The Biology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold