Quantifying invertebrate responses to nutrient additions in North American grasslands

A slight delay in posts as I have been gone or busy writing up portions of my dissertation. In September, our lab finished off the last sampling on the SALT grant for the year at three locations in the midwest United States. Having never visited two of these states before, I was quite excited toContinue reading “Quantifying invertebrate responses to nutrient additions in North American grasslands”

NEW PAPER OUT! The role of temperature in competition and persistence of an invaded ant assemblage

Third paper of 2018 is out in Ecological Entomology! Here we look at daily temperature changes, and how such changes regulate activity of red imported fire ants and other native species. This was a pretty fun project that arose from observations during data collection for my first dissertation chapter. Specifically, I was noticing that fireContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! The role of temperature in competition and persistence of an invaded ant assemblage”

NEW PAPER OUT! Using metabolic and thermal ecology to predict temperature dependent ecosystem activity: a test with prairie ants

Second paper of 2018 is out in Ecology! This one was led by Rebecca Prather, fellow graduate student in the Kaspari lab, and demonstrates how seasonal and daily temperature differences affect foraging for resources by ants. The abstract is listed below and sums up some of the key results… “As ecosystems warm, ectotherm consumer activity shouldContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Using metabolic and thermal ecology to predict temperature dependent ecosystem activity: a test with prairie ants”

Media coverage of our paper examining how floods impact invertebrate communities

Our recent work on the 2015 flood at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station and its impact on invertebrate communities was just covered in a EurekAlert from AAAS and by the Entomology Today blog hosted by the Entomological Society of America. You can find links to both below. EurekAlert: [CLICK HERE] Entomology Today Blog: [CLICK HERE] Paper:Continue reading “Media coverage of our paper examining how floods impact invertebrate communities”

NEW PAPER OUT! Disturbance mediates homogenization of above and belowground invertebrate communities

Our manuscript about the impact of flooding on invertebrate communities at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS) has been officially accepted at Environmental Entomology! This project has some interesting origins. In between my written and oral comprehensive exams, I desperately wanted to be outside doing well….anything. We had heard that an area of the UOBSContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Disturbance mediates homogenization of above and belowground invertebrate communities”

NEON ANTS Fieldwork Finale

Fieldwork for NEON ants is now complete. From Oregon to Southern California across to Florida and then up to Massachusetts—35 sites were resampled in deserts, grasslands, and forests. There is a hell of a lot of data from this project and I am very grateful that I was able to partake in part of it.Continue reading “NEON ANTS Fieldwork Finale”

NEON Ants 2017: Site 9 and 10 – Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Arizona

The final leg of the NEON ants 2017 project—an NSF funded project— has come and gone. We visited two beautiful locations: Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch. Both of these sites were in Arizona, a state that harbors some of the greatest ant diversity in North America. Now that the fieldwork is done,Continue reading “NEON Ants 2017: Site 9 and 10 – Organ Pipe National Monument and Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Arizona”

NEON Ants 2017: Site 8 – Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, California

Every once in a while you get the feeling of being in a magical place. A place few have been before, and one that few will probably visit in the future. While the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center is visited by students of the University of California system for field trips and field work,Continue reading “NEON Ants 2017: Site 8 – Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, California”

NEON Ants 2017: Site 7 – El Centro, California

The NEON ants crew is back at it after a short hiatus for the Ecological Society of America Annual meeting. This time we are headed to the lovely south western United States. Our first stop is right on the border of Southern California and Mexico around the town of El Centro. A funny story. HavingContinue reading “NEON Ants 2017: Site 7 – El Centro, California”