Nathan Muchhala

Evolutionary Ecologist

About me

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Miami, and am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Nebraska. I have been studying pollination in Neotropical cloud forests for more than ten years, with a focus on plants pollinated by bats and hummingbirds. Many groups of plants in this biodiversity hotspot have undergone recent, explosive evolutionary diversification, and specialized interactions with pollinators are thought to have been key. My research focuses on how pollinators influence floral diversification, both in terms of the evolution of floral traits and the formation of new species. As a 2012 Rubenstein Fellow, my goal is to highlight pollination in the Neotropics with a series of plant and pollinator pages that are linked to each other based on flower-visiting records gleaned from the scientific literature. One of the centerpieces of this virtual web of interactions will be photos of pollination in action.

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Full name
Nathan Muchhala
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Curator level
Full Curator


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Curator qualifications

1. 2012 Rubenstein Fellow 2. Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 3. Published on pollination biology and bat and plant taxonomy, for example: Muchhala, N., and J.D. Thomson. 2010. Fur versus feathers: Pollen delivery by bats and hummingbirds, and consequences for pollen production. American Naturalist 175(6):717-726 Muchhala, N. 2006. Nectar bat stows huge tongue in its rib cage. Nature 444:701-702. Muchhala, N., P. Mena V., and L. Albuja V. 2005. A new species of Anoura (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from the Ecuadorian Andes. Journal of Mammalogy 86:457-461. Muchhala, N. and T. G. Lammers. 2005. A new species of Burmeistera (Campanulaceae) from Ecuador. Novon 15(1):176-179.
Curation scope
Pollination in the Neotropics