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”

Neon Blog Post: “Researchers leverage NEON field sites to find out what ants can tell us about changing climates”

The National Ecological Observatory Network (or NEON for short) just released a blog post about some of the work that we have been doing over the past two years. In it, they describe what we are up to (like the above image of how we sample 1-m² plots for ants) and some things still toContinue reading “Neon Blog Post: “Researchers leverage NEON field sites to find out what ants can tell us about changing climates””

Neon Ants 2017-Part 3: Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts and Cedar Creek LTER, Minnesota

I haven been quite busy catching up on writing and reviewing manuscripts so this update will more or less be just a slide show of the last 2 sites that we visited before coming home to Oklahoma. Sites 5 and 6 of the Neon Ants 2017 project visited the beautiful Myles Standish State Forest inContinue reading “Neon Ants 2017-Part 3: Myles Standish State Forest, Massachusetts and Cedar Creek LTER, Minnesota”

Neon Ants 2017-Part 2: Virginia Coast Reserve LTER, Virginia and Harvard Forest LTER, Massachusetts

Sites 3 and 4 of the Neon Ants 2017 project visited two wonderful LTER sites on the east coast of the USA: Virginia Coast Reserve LTER, Virginia and the Harvard Forest LTER, Massachusetts. The LTER (Long Term Ecological Research: https://lternet.edu/) program covers 25 different ecosystems from Alaska to the Caribbean including deserts, estuaries, lakes, oceans,Continue reading “Neon Ants 2017-Part 2: Virginia Coast Reserve LTER, Virginia and Harvard Forest LTER, Massachusetts”

Neon Ants 2017-Part 1: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri and Bankhead National Forest, Alabama

The 2017 leg of the Neon Ants project is officially underway! So far we have visited two sites: (1) Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri and (2) Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. Both forests were quite nice, albeit the humidity is always surprising in the south. Mark Twain National Forest Bankhead National Forest   Next post IContinue reading “Neon Ants 2017-Part 1: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri and Bankhead National Forest, Alabama”

Student Research Award and a Little Update for the Summer…

Every April the Biology department at the University of Oklahoma hands out awards to graduate students for either teaching or research they have done during the last scholastic year. This year our paper in Ecology, “From cryptic herbivore to predator: stable isotopes reveal consistent variability in trophic levels in an ant population” was awarded the bestContinue reading “Student Research Award and a Little Update for the Summer…”

NEW PAPER OUT! Sodium co-limits and catalyzes macronutrients in a prairie food web

“Nitrogen and phosphorus frequently limit terrestrial plant production, but have a mixed record in regulating the abundance of terrestrial invertebrates. We contrasted four ways that Na could interact with an NP fertilizer to shape the plants and invertebrates of an inland prairie. We applied NP and Na to m² plots in a factorial design. AbovegroundContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Sodium co-limits and catalyzes macronutrients in a prairie food web”

NEW PAPER OUT! From cryptic herbivore to predator: stable isotopes reveal consistent variability in trophic levels in an ant population

We are incredibly excited to announce that our work on fire ants and isotopes has just been accepted in Ecology! The work primarily revolves around understanding trophic variation across a population of one of the model organisms of myrmecology: the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Essentially, we are looking at where you rank in aContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! From cryptic herbivore to predator: stable isotopes reveal consistent variability in trophic levels in an ant population”

NEW PAPER OUT! A checklist and assemblage comparison of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma

I am excited to announce our first paper of 2016! This was a really fun project that we worked on in the latter half of 2015 with new county and state records for a number of ant species. We also found interesting differences in patterns of local diversity between habitat types. We hope to follow this work upContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! A checklist and assemblage comparison of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma”