Alex Bajcz

Dr. Bajcz’s research focuses on how and why plants, especially flowering plants, reproduce in the ways that they do. In particular, his past research on plants in the raspberry (Rubus) and blueberry (Vaccinium) genera has investigated the trade-offs that limit the extent to which plants can reproduce in any one way, including ways of importance to humans. He is also interested in finding out what makes for a “successful” reproductive structure on evolutionary time scales and how plant reproductive behaviors may change as a result of global change processes. He also prioritizes integration of advanced statistical and computation tools (such as simulation models) into modern ecological research to answer otherwise difficult questions. He is currently supervising student researchers studying competition for pollinators between native and non-native shrubs and trade-offs between reproduction and defense in shrubs native to New Jersey.