NEW PAPER OUT! Importance of color for artificial clay caterpillars as sentinel prey in maize, soybean, and prairie

5th pub for 2022 just came out in¬†Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata! This was Matt Dorland’s summer project from an USDA Plains Area internship during our first field season here in South Dakota. We set out almost 2000 caterpillars in corn fields, soybean fields, and prairie near Brookings to test whether the color of sentinel preyContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Importance of color for artificial clay caterpillars as sentinel prey in maize, soybean, and prairie”

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”