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 underlying mechanisms and ecological effects of plant-herbivore-pollinator interactions- in both domesticated and non-domesticated ecosystems.





Selected Publications


  • Theodora Petanidou, Mary Price, Judith Bronstein, Aphrodite Kantsa, Thomas Tscheulin, Rupesh Kariyat, Nikos Krigas, Mark Mescher, and Nickolas Waser. "Pollination and reproduction of an invasive plant inside and outside its ancestral range," ACTA OECOLOGICA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 89, (2018): 11-20.

  • Rupesh Kariyat and Jasleen Kaur. "An Inexpensive and Comprehensive Method to Examine and Quantify Field Insect Community Influenced by Host Plant Olfactory Cues ," Edinburg,: 8, no. 16 (August 2018): 13.

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Sean Hardison, Aisling Ryan, Andrew Stephenson, Consuelo De Moraes, and Mark Mescher. "Leaf trichomes affect caterpillar feeding in an instar-specific manner," Communicative and Integrative biology 2018/8/9, (August 2018): 1-6.

  • Rupesh Kariyat and Jesus Chavana. "Field data on plant growth and insect damage on the noxious weed Solanum eleaegnifolium in an unexplored native range," Edinburg,: Elsevier, Data In Brief 19, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018): 2348-2351.

  • 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.

  • Rupesh Kariyat and Jason Smith. "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.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Rupesh Kariyat. UT System Rising Star: Chemical ecology of insect plant interactions, UT, $300,000.00 (January 2018 - January 2021)

  • Lucia Carreon-Martinez. Establishing a butterfly garden at UTRGV Brownsville, Office of the Provost/EVP for Academic Affairs, UTRGV, $12,060.00 (February 2018 - December 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. Integrating cover crops as potential weed and pest management strategy in organic vegetable farms in south Texas, SOUTHERN SARE, ( )

  • Rupesh Kariyat. Starting an insect collection at UTRGV, UTRGV, $4,600.00 (September 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. Chemical ecology of invasive weeds, UTRGV CoS, $25,000.00 (May 2018)

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



Selected Presentations


  • Rupesh Kariyat and Jasleen Kaur. "Using chemical ecology to understand sorghum-aphid interactions in Rio Grande Valley," CoS Graduate Exhibition, CoS UTRGV, Edinburg (April 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. "Chemical ecology of herbivore-plant interactions in natural and agricultural systems in LRGV," USDA Seminar series, USDA and UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. "Flower color polymorphism has cascading effects on floral defenses in Solanum elaeagnifolium," Entomology Society of America -North Central Branch Annual Meeting, Entomology Society of America, Madison, Wisconsin (March 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. "Effects of structural and chemical defenses on specialist herbivores in Solanaceae. ," Entomology Society of America North Central Branch Annual Meeting, Entomology Society of America, Madison (March 2018)

  • Rupesh Kariyat and Joe Louis. "Ecological effects and molecular mechanisms underlying insect-plant interactions," Entomology Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Entomology Society of America, Madison (March 2018)

  • 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)

  • Rupesh Kariyat, Pushpa Soti, and Alexis Racelis. "Cover cropping for attracting pests and predators in subtropical organic vegetable farms.," Annual Meeting of Texas Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (TOFGA), Texas Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (TOFGA), Georgetown (February 2018)

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BIOL 6185 05 - Graduate Research:
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BIOL 4202 04 - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 4202 D - Biology Problems II:
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BIOL 6285 06 - Graduate Research:
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BIOL 7100 01 - Thesis Proposal:
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BIOL 3409 01 - Ecology:
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