Over the past few years, I have tried to post once every month or at least every other month with updates from my research or outreach. This came to a crashing halt after BioBlitz last year as I finished off the last few sections of my dissertation and prepared to defend. After a successful defense, … Continue reading PhD and future postdoc in Illinois!
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 to … Continue reading Quantifying invertebrate responses to nutrient additions in North American grasslands
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 fire … Continue reading NEW PAPER OUT! The role of temperature in competition and persistence of an invaded ant assemblage
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 should … Continue reading NEW PAPER OUT! Using metabolic and thermal ecology to predict temperature dependent ecosystem activity: a test with prairie ants
2018 will be my last field season as a PhD student, which is a bittersweet thing to think about. This summer I will be headed back to one of my favorite places to do research, the University of Oklahoma Biological Station. Here I will be collecting more data on the traits of ants, running some behavioral trials … Continue reading Summer is here…
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
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 UOBS … Continue reading NEW PAPER OUT! Disturbance mediates homogenization of above and belowground invertebrate communities