Tim Morton

Recovering from a very long day of photographing plants in Sweden.
Recovering from a very long day of photographing plants in Sweden.

Chemical Ecology; Natural Product Chemistry

Background
BS in Botany (USF 1985) classical botany and ecology
MS in Natural Product Chemistry (USF 1990) on nonprotein amino acids of a genus of tropical leguminous tree 
PhD SUNY Stony Brook working with Doug Futuyma to expand my research base to include insects (1990-1994) 
Penn State transfer to the Schultz for chemical analysis (PhD in Entomology 1997) 
Post Doc in Joy Bergelson’s lab (1997-2001) to help her lab develop chemical ecology  
Visiting Assistant Professor at Lake Forest College (2000-2003)
Visiting Assistant Professor at Ursinus College (2003-2006)
Associate Professor at College of Lake County (2007-2009)
Adjunct Professor at Carthage College (2012)
Returned to University of Chicago as Research Manager in Bergelson lab (2012-)

Selected Publications

Articles: (citations as of January 2015)

Jackrel, S,. Morton, T.C., and Wootten, T. Alder (Alnus rubra) phenolics.  In prep Journal of Chemical Ecology

Brachi, B., Meyer, C., Villoutreix, R. Platt, A., Morton, T., Roux, F., Bergelson, J. ‘Co-selected genes determine adaptive variation in herbivore resistance throughout the native range of Arabidopsis thaliana.’ accepted PNAS.

Juenger, T. E., Morton, T. C., Miller, R. E., and J. Bergelson. (2005) “Scarlet gilia resistance to insect herbivory; the effects of early season browsing, plant apparency, and chemical defense on patterns of seed fly attack.’  Evolutionary Ecology, 19:79-101.  (27 citations)

Vencl, F. V., Morton, T. C., Mumma, R. O., and Schultz, J. C. (1999) ‘Fecal shield defense of a larval tortoise beetle.’ Journal of Chemical Ecology, 25 (3): 549-566.  (44 citations)

Morton, T. C.  (1998) ‘Chemotaxonomic significance of hydroxylated pipecolic acids in Central American Inga (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae: Ingeae).’ Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 26 (4): 379-401.  (8 citations)

Morton, T. C., and Vencl, F. V.  (1998) ‘Larval beetles form defense from recycled host plant chemicals discharged as fecal wastes.’ Journal of Chemical Ecology, 24 (5): 765-75. (44 citations)

Vencl, F. V., and Morton, T. C.  (1998a) ‘The shield defense of the sumac flea beetle, Blepharida rhois (Chrysomelidae: Alticinae).’ Chemoecology, 8 (1), 25-32. (33 citations)

Olmstead, K. L., Denno, R. F., Morton, T. C., and Romeo, J. T.  (1997) ‘Influence of Prokelisia planthoppers on amino acid composition and growth of Spartina alterniflora.’ Journal of Chemical Ecology, 23 (2), 303-321. (37 citations)

Gurevitch, J., Taub, D. R., Morton, T. C., Gomez, P. L., and Wang, I.-N. (1996) ‘Competition and genetic background in a rapid-cycling cultivar of Brassica rapa (Brassicaceae).’  American Journal of Botany, 83 (7), 932-938. (9 citations)

Futuyma, D. J., Walsh, J. S., Morton, T., Funk, D. J., and Keese, M. C. (1994) ‘Genetic variation in a phylogenetic context: Responses of two leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) to host plants of their congeners.’  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 7, 127-146. (45 citations)

Morton, T. C., Zektzer, A. S., Rife, J. P., and Romeo, J. T.  (1991) ‘Trans-4 methoxypipecolic acid, an amino acid from Inga paterno.’ Phytochemistry, 30 (7), 2397-2399. (7  citations)

Weidenhamer, J. D., Morton, T. C., and Romeo, J. T. (1987) ‘Solution volume and seed number: Often overlooked factors in allelopathic bioassays.’ Journal of Chemical Ecology, 13 (6), 1481-1491. (58 citations)

 

Book chapters:

Vencl, F. V., and Morton, T. C. (1999) ‘Macroevolutionary aspects of larval shield defenses.’ Advances in Chrysomelidae Biology 1. Cox (ed.) Bachuys, Leiden, Neth. 217-239.  (14 citations)

Vencl, F. V., and Morton, T. C. (1998b) ‘Did chemical change in shield defenses promote diversification of shining leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae: Criocerinae)?’ Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on the Chrysomelidae. Biondi, Daccordi, and Furth, (eds.) Monografie del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino. 1-14. (4 citations)

Romeo, J. T., and Morton, T. C. (1994) ‘Nonprotein amino acids of the Ingeae: taxonomic and ecological considerations.’ Advances in Legume Systematics 5: The Nitrogen Factor, Sprent and McKey, eds. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, 89-99. (5 citations)

Lema trilinea feeding on Solanum dulcamara illustrating a fecal shield.
Lema trilinea feeding on Solanum dulcamara illustrating a fecal shield.
A slide outlining a different way of viewing the role of chemicals in plant defense.  I think we neglect the importance of the 'other' chemicals and focus too heavily upon the well-known 'big guns' of defense like alkaloids.
A slide outlining a different way of viewing the role of chemicals in plant defense. I think we neglect the importance of the ‘other’ chemicals and focus too heavily upon the well-known ‘big guns’ of defense like alkaloids.

 

University of Chicago, Dept. of Ecology & Evolution

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