Brenda Molano-Flores


Affiliate in Plant Biology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Science
Affiliate in Entomology
Research Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey


Illinois Natural History Survey
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
room 2011

office: 217-265-8167




Ph.D., 1997, University of Iowa,
M.S., 1991, Univ. of Puerto Rico


Area(s) of Expertise


Plant-Insect Interactions, Rare Plant Conservation, Restoration Ecology




My research addresses a number of topics in plant reproductive ecology and conservation biology. Currently my emphasis is in four areas: plant interactions, rare plant conservation, reproductive ecology and seed bank dynamics. The main habitat that I am conducting my research is prairies.


Web page:




Ruffatto, D.M., D.N. Zaya, and B. Molano-Flores. 2015. Reproductive success of the gynodioecious Lobelia spicata Lam. (Campanulaceae): female frequency, population demographics, and latitudinal patterns. The International Journal of Plant Sciences 176:120-130.


Chi, K. and B. Molano-Flores. 2014. Can floral display size compensate for Allee effects caused by low population abundance and density in Synthyris bullii (Plantaginaceae), a rare species? American Journal of Botany 101:428-436.


Molano-Flores, B. and T. Bell. 2012. Projected population dynamics and extinction rates for a federally endangered plant under different climate change emission scenarios. Biological Conservation 145:130-138.