Consuelo M. De Moraes

2002 Fellow

Fellowship Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Current Institution: ETH Zürich

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology

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About Consuelo M. De Moraes's Work

I lead a research program focused on biological communication and the role of information in shaping inter-specific ecological interactions. A major focus of my work explores the role of olfactory cues and signals in plant-insect interactions and in the transmission of plant and animal diseases by insect vectors. This work aims to address key questions in ecology that also have applied relevance for sustainable agriculture, ecological conservation and human health.

Awards and Achievements

Elected Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) (2013)

The International Society of Chemical Ecology Silverstein-Simeone Lecture Award (Recognizes outstanding recent or current work at the frontiers of Chemical Ecology) (2013)

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAs) (2011)

The Bobby C. Pass Speaker Award  “award scientists who have had a significant impact in the field of Entomology and inspired scientific creativity among graduate students”, University of Kentucky (2011)

The spirit of Internationalization award, Penn State University (2011)

Early Career Innovation award (2008)

Entomological Society of America (Sponsored by BASF), Perry Adkisson Distinguished Speaker Award, Texas A&M Universit (2008)

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2007-12) (2007)

Sawicki Lecture Honored Speaker (2007)

Rothamstead Research, England Community of Teaching Excellence Award, Pennsylvania State University (2007)

DuPont Young Professor Award (2006-09) (2006)

Emerald Award, (Sponsored by Science Spectrum Magazine) (2005)

Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award (2003-07) (2003)

David and Lucile Packard Foundation Award (2002-08) (2002)

Outstanding PhD Student Award, Dept. of Entomology, University of Georgia (1998)

First Place, MENSA Student Essay Competition (1997)

In the News

Malarial mice smell better to mosquitos
Scientific American

Malaria parasite 'can manipulate body odour of mice
BBC News

Malaria Makes You Smell Delicious To Mosquitoes, Thus Helping The Disease Complete Its Life Cycle
Medical Daily

Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice
The Scientist

Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes
LA Time Science Now

Malaria may change the way you smell making you irresistible to mosquitoes
The Daily Mail

Your Scent May Change When You're Infected with Malaria: Natural Mosquito Attractant
Science World Report

Documentary: How Do Aliens Think? Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
Discovery Science Channel

Documentary: What Plants talk about
Nature, PBS TV

Plants Smell Danger
Science Update

Put off the Scent
Natural History

Common Scents: Plants Constantly Catch a Whiff of their Neighbors’ Perfume
Scientific American

Documentary: Plant behavior and communication
The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, CBC TV

Documentary: Invisible Nature
Monalisa Productions

A quick sniff and she’s off
Nature: Research Highlights

Aphid deception
Wired Science

Plant virus tricks teach evolutionary pest management
Wired Science

Virus makes plants lie to insects
Science News

Sorry Vegans: Brussels Sprouts like to live, too
New York Times

Loyal to its roots
New York Times - Science Times

This plant has the sense of smell
New York Times