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Brenda Molano-Flores

Principal Research Scientist, Plant Ecology

Research Interests

plant-insect interactions, reproductive biology of plants, population biology, conservation biology; restoration

Research Description

My research addresses a number of topics in plant reproductive ecology and conservation biology. Currently my emphasis is in four areas: plant interactions, rare plant conservation, reproductive ecology and seed ecology.


Ph.D., 1997, University of Iowa
M.S., 1991, Univ. of Puerto Rico

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Department Affiliate, Plant Biology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Entomology
Principal Research Scientist, Plant Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey

Recent Publications

Dunn, P. O., Ahmed, I., Armstrong, E., Barlow, N., Barnard, M. A., Bélisle, M., Benson, T. J., Berzins, L. L., Boynton, C. K., Brown, T. A., Cady, M., Cameron, K., Chen, X., Clark, R. G., Clotfelter, E. D., Cromwell, K., Dawson, R. D., Denton, E., Forbes, A., ... Whittingham, L. A. (2023). Extensive regional variation in the phenology of insects and their response to temperature across North America. Ecology, 104(5), Article e4036.

Glass, N., de Oliveira, E. D., Molano-Flores, B., Matamala, R., Whelan, C. J., & Gonzalez-Meler, M. A. (2023). Root litter decomposition rates and impacts of drought are regulated by ecosystem legacy. Applied Soil Ecology, 189, Article 104903.,

Haines, A., Carter, A., Leu, M., Molano-Flores, B., & Davis, O. (2023). Editorial: Imperiled species recovery under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 4, Article 1257662.

Harper, L. R., Niemiller, M. L., Benito, J. B., Paddock, L. E., Knittle, E., Molano-Flores, B., & Davis, M. A. (2023). BeeDNA: Microfluidic environmental DNA metabarcoding as a tool for connecting plant and pollinator communities. Environmental DNA, 5(1), 191-211.

Johnson, S. A., Coons, J., Zaya, D. N., & Molano-Flores, B. (2023). Assessing the Reproductive Ecology of a Rare Mint, Macbridea alba, an Endangered Species Act Protected Species. Plants, 12(7), Article 1485.

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