Rupesh   Kariyat

Assistant Professor  

Office: ESCNE 1.340
Phone: (956) 665-2953
Email: rupesh.kariyat@utrgv.edu
Website: https://phenotype2017.wixsite.com/kariyatlab

Dr. Rupesh Kariyat

I am an insect-plant ecologist interested in understanding mechanisms and ecological effects of plant-herbivore-pollinator interactions- in both domesticated and non-domesticated ecosystems.





Selected Publications


  • Rupesh Kariyat, Jason Smith, Andrew Stephenson, Consuelo De Moraes, and Mark Mescher. "Non-glandular trichomes of Solanum carolinense deter feeding by Manduca sexta caterpillars and cause damage to the gut peritrophic matrix," Proc. R. Soc. B. 284, no. 1849 2017: 20162323.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Sean Hardison, Consuelo De Moraes, and Mark Mescher. "Plant spines deter herbivory by restricting caterpillar movement," Biology Letters 13, no. 5 (2017): 20170176.

  • Jason Smith and Rupesh Kariyat. "Plants are Not Sitting Ducks: Teaching Module on Plant Biochemical Interactions with Insects," Natural Sciences Education 46, no. 1 (2017).

  • Rupesh Kariyat and Scott Portman. "Plant--herbivore interactions: Thinking beyond larval growth and mortality," American journal of botany 103, no. 5 (2016): 789--791.

  • Scott Portman, Rupesh Kariyat, Michelle Johnston, Andrew Stephenson, and James Marden. "Cascading effects of host plant inbreeding on the larval growth, muscle molecular composition, and flight capacity of an adult herbivorous insect," Functional Ecology 29, no. 3 (2015): 328--337.

  • Scott Portman, Rupesh Kariyat, Michelle Johnston, Andrew Stephenson, and James Marden. "Inbreeding compromises host plant defense gene expression and improves herbivore survival," Plant signaling \& behavior 10, no. 5 (2015): e998548.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Sarah Scanlon, Ryan Moraski, Andrew Stephenson, Mark Mescher, and Consuelo De Moraes. "Plant inbreeding and prior herbivory influence the attraction of caterpillars (Manduca sexta) to odors of the host plant Solanum carolinense (Solanaceae)," American journal of botany 101, no. 2 (2014): 376--380.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Christopher Balogh, Ryan Moraski, Consuelo De Moraes, Mark Mescher, and Andrew Stephenson. "Constitutive and herbivore-induced structural defenses are compromised by inbreeding in Solanum carolinense (Solanaceae)," American journal of botany 100, no. 6 (2013): 1014--1021.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Jordan Sinclair, and Edward Golenberg. "Following Darwin’s trail: Interactions affecting the evolution of plant mating systems," American journal of botany 100, no. 6 (2013): 999--1001.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Kerry Mauck, Christopher Balogh, Andrew Stephenson, Mark Mescher, and Consuelo De Moraes. "Inbreeding in horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) alters night-time volatile emissions that guide oviposition by Manduca sexta moths," Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 280, no. 1757 (2013): 20130020.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Rupesh Kariyat. Transforming Our World Strategic Plan , $17,700.00 (2018-01-01)



Selected Presentations


  • Hsuying Ward, Ian Werkheiser, Bradley Christoffersen, Ignacio Rodriguez, Arlett Lomeli, Rupesh Kariyat, and Angela Chapman. "Accessibility Learning Community: Creating Student Success through Universal Design for Learning," UTRGV Teaching Excellence Symposium, Center for Teaching Excellence, Edinburg (February 2018)

Current Courses

BIOL 4202 04 - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4202 D - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4201 D - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 3409 01 - Ecology:
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BIOL 4201 04 - Biology Problems I:
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