• jorge mena-ali
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Biology

Education

B.S. Universidad de Costa Rica
M.S. Universidad de Costa Rica
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

Research

Plant Reproductive Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary Disease Biology & Plant-pathogen interactions
Population Genetics, Molecular Ecology
Biology of Invasive Species, Conservation Biology , Tropical Biology

Grants & Awards

Directorate of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation. Research Initiation Grant: Disease as a driver of diversification in life history, pathogenicity and reproductive strategies. August 2009-July 2014

Directorate for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation. Post-Doctoral Minority Fellowship, Phylogenetic, ecological and life-history determinants of a globally distributed disease complex. July 2007-June 2009.

Publications

 Most Recent Publications: 

Gibson*, A. K., E. Petit, J. I. Mena-Ali, B. Oxelman, and M. E. Hood. 2013.  Life-history strategy defends against disease and may select against physiological resistance. Ecology and Evolution 3: 1741–50.

Kariyat, R. R., J. I. Mena-Ali, B. Forry*, M. C. Mescher, C. M. DeMoraes and A. G. Stephenson.  2012.  Inbreeding, herbivory, and the transcriptome of Solanum carolinense. Entomologia Experimentalis Applicata 144: 134–44

Gibson*, A. K., J. I. Mena-Ali and M. E. Hood2010.  Loss of pathogens and disease resistance in threatened plant species. Oikos 119: 1919–1928.

Hood, M. E., J. I. Mena-Ali, A. K. Gibson*, B. Oxelman, T. Giraud, R. Yockyeng, M. Arroyo, F. Conti, A. Pedersen, P. Gladieux and J. Antonovics.  2010.  The worldwide occurrence of the anther-smut fungus Microbotryum violaceum on species of the Caryophyllaceae. New Phytologist 187:217-229.

Mena-Ali, J. I., L. Kessler* and A. G. Stephenson.  2009.  Evidence for sheltered load around the S-locus in Solanum carolinense. Sexual Plant Reproduction 22:63-71

Good-Avila, S., J. I. Mena-Ali and A. G. Stephenson.  2008.  Chapter 2: Genetic and Environmental Causes and Evolutionary Consequences of Variations in Self-Fertility in Self Incompatible Species, pages 33-51.  In: Self-incompatibility in Flowering Plants – Evolution, Diversity, and Mechanisms, edited by Noni Franklin-Tong (Springer-Verlag)

Mena-Ali, J. I., L. Kessler* and A. G. Stephenson. 2008.  Inbreeding depression in Solanum carolinense, a species with a plastic self-incompatibility response.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:10 (DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-8-10)

Mena-Ali, J. I. and A. G. Stephenson. 2007.  Segregation analyses of partial self-incompatibility in self and cross progeny of Solanum carolinense reveal a leaky S-allele. Genetics 177: 501-510

Mena-Ali, J.I. and O. J. Rocha. 2005. Selective seed abortion affects the vigor of the offspring in Bauhinia ungulata L. (Fabaceae). Annals of Botany 95: 1017-1023

Mena-Alí, J.I. and O. J. Rocha. 2005. Effect of ovule position within the pod on the patterns of seed production in Bauhinia ungulata L. (Fabaceae). Annals of Botany 95: 449–455

Travers, S. E., J. I. Mena-Alí, and A. G. Stephenson. 2004. Plasticity in the self-incompatibility of Solanum carolinense. Plant Species Biology 19:127-135

Stephenson, A.G., S.E. Travers, J.I. Mena-Alí and J.A Winsor. 2003. Pollen performance before and during the autotrophic-heterotrophic transition of pollen tube growth. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 358: 1009-1018

Course Information

Fall 2014


FND 157: History of Natural History


Spring 2015


BIO 110: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Heredity