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!”

NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal diversity of North American ant communities: Cold tolerance but not heat tolerance tracks ecosystem temperature

Our second NEON ants and 5th pub for 2020 was just published in Global Ecology and Biogeography. Led by Jelena Bujan, this is our first paper linking physiological traits like critical thermal max and min (CTmax and CTmin ) to different environmental abiotic conditions at a large geographical scale. A summary from Jelena in GEB… “InContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Thermal diversity of North American ant communities: Cold tolerance but not heat tolerance tracks ecosystem temperature”

NEW PAPER OUT! Seasonal plasticity of thermal tolerance in ants

Great to see another publication out from one of my favorite places to do field work, the University of Oklahoma Biological Station. This is the 4th pub for 2020, which is shaping up to be quite the productive year! Recently published in Ecology, Jelena and I were interested in seeing if thermal tolerance, an importantContinue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Seasonal plasticity of thermal tolerance in ants”

NEW PAPER OUT! Invasive Saltcedar and Drought Impact Ant Communities and Isopods in South-Central Nebraska

It has been a busy March as our third paper of 2020 was recently published in Environmental Entomology! This was a fun collaboration with Wyatt Hoback at Oklahoma State University, who I first met while working on our Ants of Oklahoma project. We decided to tackle a data set that had been collected almost 15Continue reading “NEW PAPER OUT! Invasive Saltcedar and Drought Impact Ant Communities and Isopods in South-Central Nebraska”