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

The Ants of Oklahoma Project is now funded by The Alongside Wildlife Foundation

We were recently awarded a grant from The Alongside Wildlife Foundation to support our citizen science research project: The Ants of Oklahoma! For the past few years, Diane and I have been talking and writing about some of the cool ants we have discovered in Oklahoma. In 2017, we decided we could do more. Based … Continue reading The Ants of Oklahoma Project is now funded by The Alongside Wildlife Foundation

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