NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal tolerance of western corn rootworm: Critical thermal limits, knock-down resistance, and chill coma recovery

4th pub for 2022 just came out in Journal of Thermal Biology! This work is the first paper from USDA and contains ideas that I have been wanting for test for years. We measured how ramping rate, starting temperature, genetic line, and sex affected critical thermal limits. We then expanded these ideas to look at knock-downContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal tolerance of western corn rootworm: Critical thermal limits, knock-down resistance, and chill coma recovery”

NEW PAPER OUT! Woody perennial polycultures increase ant diversity and ant-mediated ecosystem services compared to conventional corn-soybean rotations

3rd pub for 2022 just came out in Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment! This work is the first paper from my postdoc at UIUC with Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt. We measured ants and how much insect prey ants were consuming in woody perennial polycultures and corn-soybean rotations monthly for an entire year! Our abstract sums up our resultsContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Woody perennial polycultures increase ant diversity and ant-mediated ecosystem services compared to conventional corn-soybean rotations”

NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal tolerance regulates foraging behaviour of ants

2nd pub for 2022 just came out in Ecological Entomology! This work was led by Dr. Diane Roeder and explores how temperature and physiological tolerances regulate foraging behaviour of harvester ants. We started this work many years ago as one of our first collaborations and I am excited to see this first paper out inContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal tolerance regulates foraging behaviour of ants”

NEW PAPER OUT! Testing the role of body size and litter depth on invertebrate diversity across six forests in North America

Probably the last pub for 2021 or our first for 2022. This paper in Ecology is technically my last “official” dissertation chapter and it feels fantastic to get it out. To provide some background, I started working on this project in the summer of 2014 and spent almost a year measuring >40000 mites, springtails, andContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Testing the role of body size and litter depth on invertebrate diversity across six forests in North America”

NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal traits predict the winners and losers under climate change: an example from North American ant communities

Our next pub for 2021 was just published in Ecosphere. This paper marks one of many papers from our group from our resampling events across the United States that took place in 2017 and 2018. In collaboration with Jelena Bujan, Kirsten de Beurs, Michael Weiser, and Michael Kaspari, we asked which ant genera are increasingContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal traits predict the winners and losers under climate change: an example from North American ant communities”

NEW PAPER OUT! Ant thermal tolerance: a review of methods, hypotheses, and sources of variation

Our 2nd pub for 2021 was just published in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. The idea for this review article started years ago at an annual meeting and we have been talking about topics to include ever since. In collaboration with Diane Roeder and Jelena Bujan, we put those ideas on paper. We spentContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Ant thermal tolerance: a review of methods, hypotheses, and sources of variation”

NEW PAPER OUT! Testing effects of invasive fire ants and disturbance on ant communities of the longleaf pine ecosystem

1st pub for 2021 was just published in Ecological Entomology. This manuscript was a few years in the making as Julian Resasco and I originally talked about this back in ~2018. After a few job changes and moves, I am happy to say we finally finished it up! Broadly, we were interested in how disturbance andContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Testing effects of invasive fire ants and disturbance on ant communities of the longleaf pine ecosystem”

NEW PAPER OUT! Bioenergy landscapes drive trophic shifts in generalist ants

The 6th and likely last pub for 2020 was just published in Journal of Animal Ecology. Led by Jackson Helms IV, this paper investigates isotopic and trophic relationships of ants in corn, switchgrass, and restored prairies in Michigan. A summary from Jackson in JAE… Changes in trophic niche—the pathways through which an organism obtains energy andContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Bioenergy landscapes drive trophic shifts in generalist ants”

Welcome Jesse!

After a brief delay, we are back. Please welcome Jesse Daniels as the 1st member of our research team! We are incredibly excited to have him join us in Brookings and are looking forward to what the future will hold. Jesse joins us from the Appalachian Mountains. His prior research experience involved analyzing plant-pollinator interactionsContinue reading “Welcome Jesse!”