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Kevin Quinteros

Kevin Quinteros

  • Ph.D. Student
My research focuses on the highly-coevolved plant-insect interactions of the fig and fig wasp pollination mutualism. Intimate interactions between figs and their pollinators have been traced back at least 60 million years and have resulted in an extraordinary level of biodiversity, with over 750 recognized species of Ficus found in tropical and subtropical habitats worldwide. In particular, I am interested in the genetic regulation of fig volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and their role in pollinator attraction. Further, I also study the genetic structure of fig wasps in Baja California and Mainland Mexico. Through this research, I hope to increase the understanding of the evolution and maintenance of mutualisms.

Contact Info

251 Bessey
2200 Osborn Dr.


  • B.S., Animal Ecology and Biology, Iowa State University, 2015

More Information


Cordero, G. A., and K. Quinteros. 2015. Skeletal remodeling suggests the turtle’s shell is not an evolutionary straitjacket. Biology Letters 11: 20150022.

Area of Expertise: 

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant-Insect Interactions

Major: Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics Graduate Program