Heather Briggs

Heather Briggs

Heather Briggs

Postdoctoral Fellow, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Fellow of the Arboretum of Harvard University

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.384.5631
Fax: 617.384.6596


University of Nevada, Reno, B.S     2004
University of Michigan, M.S    2009
University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D   2016

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how floral signals influence pollinator foraging behavior. Currently I am conducting experiments to understand the implications of this behavior for pollen movement within and between plant species and ultimately how this affects the strength of selection on plant traits involved in reproductive isolation between plant species.

My dissertation research explored how interspecific interactions between pollinators altered their patterns of plant visitation, and showed how such behavioral plasticity impacted plant reproductive success. My work demonstrated that the functional contributions of pollinator species in a community can be dynamic, and that these dynamic species roles influence ecosystem functions and services.


  • Briggs, H.M, L. Anderson, L. Atalla, A. Delva, E. Dobbs and B.J. Brosi. 2015. Heterospecific pollen deposition in Delphinium barbeyi: linking stigmatic pollen loads to reproductive output in the field. Annals of Botany. doi:10.1093/aob/mcv175
  • Gilbert, G. S., H.M. Briggs, and R. Magarey. 2015. The Impact of Plant Enemies Shows a Phylogenetic Signal. PLoS ONE 10:e0123758.
  • Brosi, B. J., and H.M. Briggs. 2013. Single pollinator species losses reduce floral fidelity and plant reproductive function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:13044–13048.
  • Briggs, H. M., I. Perfecto, and B. J. Brosi. 2013. The Role of the Agricultural Matrix: Coffee Management and Euglossine Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) Communities in Southern Mexico. Environmental Entomology 42:1210–1217.
  • L. Reid, H. Briggs, S. Crandall, J. Eldon, C. Magdahl, J. Ohayon, E. Olimpi, D. Schweizer, G. Tadesse, and Y. Wang (CenTREAD Working Group). 2012. Tropical Ecology by John Kricher. Quarterly Review of Biology 87:380.