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John Couture


  • Assistant Professor
WSLR Room 224
170 S. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Assistant Professor

My research has four focal themes: 1) integrating chemical and landscape ecology to advance our understanding of the influence of trophic-level interactions on ecosystem functioning, 2) examining the influence of environmental change on plant and insect ecology, across multiple levels of biological organization, to better understand how ecosystems will function in future environments, 3) advancing the ability of hyperspectral data to characterize plant chemical and metabolic profiles, and 4) utilizing spectroscopy to improve precision agriculture. Work in my lab combines analytical chemistry, hyperspectral and remote sensing technology, field-based measurements, manipulative experiments, statistical modeling, and interdisciplinary collaborations to test basic ecological theory, ultimately providing a better understanding of ecosystem functioning and producing solutions to better manage natural and agricultural resources.

Awards & Honors

(2017) Purdue Big Idea Challenge. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Hillstrom, M. L., Couture, J. J., Meehan, T. D., Mondor, E. B., & Lindroth, R. L. (2010). Consequences of atmospheric change for plant-insect interactions in forest ecosystems.

Hillstrom, M. L., Couture, J. J., Meehan, T. D., Mondor, E. B., & Lindroth, R. L. (2010). OOS 47-6: Consequences of atmospheric change for plant-insect interactions in forest ecosystems.

Couture, J. J., Servi, J. S., & Lindroth, R. L. (2010). Increased nitrogen availability influences predator--prey interactions by altering host-plant quality. Chemoecology, 20(4), 277--284.

Couture, J. J., Meehan, T. D., & Lindroth, R. L. (2008). PS 2-45: Impact of atmospheric change on community herbivory in a northern temperate forest.

Couture, J. J., Meehan, T. D., Rubert-Nason, K. F., & Lindroth, R. L. (2017). Effects of Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Tropospheric Ozone on Phytochemical Composition of Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides) and Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) Journal of chemical ecology, 43(1), 26--38.

Cotrozzi, L., Townsend, P. A., Pellegrini, E., Nali, C., & Couture, J. J. (2017). Reflectance spectroscopy: a novel approach to better understand and monitor the impact of air pollution on Mediterranean plants. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1--19.

Cotrozzi, L., Couture, J. J., Cavender-Bares, J., Kingdon, C. C., Fallon, B., Pilz, G., . . . Townsend, P. A. (2017). Using foliar spectral properties to assess the effects of drought on plant water potential. Tree physiology, 37(11), 1582--1591.

Rubert-Nason, K. F., Couture, J. J., Gryzmala, E. A., Townsend, P. A., & Lindroth, R. L. (2017). Vernal freeze damage and genetic variation alter tree growth, chemistry, and insect interactions. Plant, Cell & Environment.

Cotrozzi, L., Pellegrini, E., Couture, J., Kingdon, C., Singh, A., Fallon, B., . . . Others (2016). Spectroscopy: an efficacious approach for better understanding of stress responses of Mediterranean plants. 11.

Cavender-Bares, J., Meireles, J. E., Couture, J. J., Kaproth, M. A., Kingdon, C. C., Singh, A., . . . Others (2016). Associations of leaf spectra with genetic and phylogenetic variation in Oaks: Prospects for remote detection of biodiversity. Remote Sensing, 8(3), 221.

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