Graduate student publications

Recent peer-reviewed papers with EEB graduate student authors (bold). * Indicates papers published while at UConn, but based on research conducted prior to joining EEB.


Albert, L, S Rumschlag, A Parker, G Vaziri, and SA Knutie. 2023. Elevated nest temperature has opposing effects on host species infested with parasitic nest flies. Oecologia 201:877-886. [link]

*Beever, EA, JL Wilkening, PD Billman et al. (+47 authors). 2023. Geographic and taxonomic variation in adaptive capacity among montane mammals: implications for conservation status and actions. Biological Conservation. 282:109942. [link]

Billman PD, EA Beever, ML Westover, and DK Ryals. 2023. Spatio-temporal variability in the strength, directionality, and relative importance of climate on occupancy and population densities in a philopatric mammal, the American pika (Ochotona princeps). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11:1202610. [link]

Grames, EM, G Montgomery, C Youngflesh, M Tingley, and CS Elphick. 2023. The effect of insect food availability on songbird reproductive success and chick body condition: evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 26:658-673. [link]

*Martin, EJ, FN Gigliotti, and PFB Ferguson. 2023. Red-cockaded woodpecker habitat characteristics associated with partial brood loss in the East Upper Gulf Coastal Plain. Endangered Species Research 50:249-265. [link]

*Shaw, DG, R Aguirre-Gamboa, MC Vieira, S Gona, N DiNardi, A Wang, A Dumaine, J Gelderloos, Z Earley, K Meckel, et al. 2023. Antigen-driven colonic inflammation is associated with development of dysplasia in primary sclerosing cholangitis. Nature Medicine 29:1520-1529. [link]

Solomon, G, AC Love, GJ Vaziri, JA Harvey, T Verrett, K Chernicky, S Simons, L Albert, J Chaves, and SA Knutie. 2023. Effect of urbanization and parasitism on the gut microbiota of Darwin’s finch nestlings. Molecular Ecology. [link]

*Vaziri G, M Jones, H Carr, C Nuñez. 2023. Out of the stable: Social disruption and concurrent shifts in the feral mare (Equus caballus) fecal microbiota. Ecology and Evolution 13:e10079. [link]

Wang, YB, A Milkey, A Li, MH Chen, L Kuo, and PO Lewis. 2023. LoRaD: marginal likelihood estimation with haste (but no waste). Systematic Biology 72:639-648. [link]


Basso, B, E Poryanda, E Grames, K Grond, SA Knutie, SM Hird. 2022. Eggshell microbiota of a brood parasite reflects environment, not species. Journal of Ornithology 163:757–766. [link]

Bolnick, DI, AK Hund, P Nosil,  F Peng, M Ravinet, S Stankowski, S Subramanian, J Wolf, and R Yikilevich. 2022. A multivariate view of the speciation continuum. Evolution qpac004. [link]

Clifton, EM, PO Lewis, E Jockusch, and E Adams. 2022. An experimental test of Lanchester’s models of combat in the neotropical termite Nasutitermes corniger (Blattodea: Termitidae) Proceedings of the Royal Society. B. 289: 20220343. 20220343. [link]

DeMott, WG, A Stillman, JB Kolb, and CS Elphick. 2022. NEXRAD highlights the effects of wind and date at a Tree Swallow roost during fall migration. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. [link]

*Feng, M-LE, OO Owolabi, LJ Schafer, S Sengupta, L Wang, DS Matteson, JP Che-Castaldo, and DA Sunter. 2022. Analysis of animal-related electric outages using species distribution models and community science data. Environmental Research: Ecology 1:011004. [link]

Freni, O, J Freni, CD Anderson, L Hallock, MR Lambert, N Van Gilder, DB Wake, and EL Jockusch. 2022. First record of a slender salamander (genus Batrachoseps) introduced to Washington state and molecular source identification from San Francisco, CA. Northwestern Naturalist 103: 81–87. [link]

*Gigliotti, FN, TP Franzem, and PFB Ferguson. 2022. Rapid, recurring, structured survey versus bioblitz for generating biodiversity data and analysis with a multispecies abundance model. Conservation Biology 37:e13996. [link]

Goulet, H, DR Smith, and T Matson. 2022. Identity of the North American Adventive Abia Species (Hymenoptera: Cimbicidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 124(2): 362-366. [link]

Grames, EM, PL Stepule, SZ Herrick, BT Ranelli, and CS Elphick. 2022. Separating acoustic signal into underlying behaviors with self-exciting point process models. Ecological Modelling 468:109965. [link]

Grames, EM, GA Montgomery, DH Boyes, LV Dicks, ML Forister, TA Matson, S Nakagawa, KS Pendergast, NG Taylor, MW Tingley, DL Wagner, TE White, P Woodcock, and CS Elphick. 2022. A framework and case study to systematically identify long-term insect datasets. Conservation Science and Practice e12687. [link]

Grames, EM, D Schwartz, and CS Elphick. 2022. A systematic method for hypothesis synthesis and conceptual model development. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 13:2078-2087. [link]

Haji, D, J Vailionis, M Stukel, E Gordon, E Lemmon, A Lemmon, and C Simon. 2022.  Lack of host phylogenetic structure in the gut bacterial communities of New Zealand cicadas and their interspecific hybrids. Scientific Reports 12: 20559. [link]

Henry, WJ, KS Omland, HA Frye, and DL Wagner. 2022. Mark-recapture study and habitat assessment for the northern metalmark butterfly, Calephelis borealis (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae). Journal of Insect Conservation, 1-12. [link]

Hernández GG, T Perez, OM Vargas, WJ Kress, R Molina, R Cordero, JR Seemann, C García-Robledo. 2022. Evolutionary history constrains heat tolerance of native and exotic tropical Zingiberales. Journal of Functional Ecology 36:3073-3084. [link]

Kuprewicz, EK, FMS Muzio, and GNackid. 2021. Operation Bone Rescue—A case study of remediating flood damage to mammal specimens. Collection Forum 35: 21–31. [link]

Macedo, A, N Van Gilder, and K Cook. 2022. Examining Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) presence in Coastal Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei) populations across an elevational gradient in the Klamath Mountains of Northern California. Herpetological Review 53:408-412.

*Maillard F, MA Jusino, E Andrews, M Moran, GJ Vaziri, MT Banik, N Fanin, CC Trettin, DL Lindner, JS Schilling. 2022. Wood-decay type and fungal guild dominance across a North American log transplant experiment. Fungal Ecology 59:101151. [link]

Matson TA. 2022. A new monotypic genus from the American Southwest to accommodate “Semiothisa” kuschea (Geometridae: Ennominae). Zootaxa 5093(1): 67-74. [link]

Matson TA, and IJ Garzón-Orduña. 2022. A new species of Eutrepsia Herrich-Schäffer from Mexico (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae). Zootaxa 1590(4): 591-594. [link]

Morales-Gálvez M, R Villegas-Luján, R Plowes, L Gilbert, T Matson, G Gallegos-Morales, and S SanchezPeña. 2022. Natural egg parasitism by Scelionidae on a phycitine cactus moth in Mexico. Florida Entomologist 105(2):174-177. [link]

Phillips, JR, AE Hewes, MC Womack, and K. Schwenk. 2022. The mechanics of air-breathing in African clawed frog tadpoles, Xenopus laevis (Anura: Pipidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 225:jeb243102. [link]

Romine M, SA Knutie, CM Crow, GJ Vaziri, J Chaves, JAH Koop, and S Lamichhaney. 2021. The genome sequence of the avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi), an invasive nest parasite of Darwin’s finches in Galápagos. G3 12:jkab414. [link]

Sandor, M, CS Elphick, and MW Tingley. 2022. Extinction of biotic interactions due to habitat loss could accelerate the current biodiversity crisis. Ecological Applications e2608.

Spence, AR, EE Wilson Rankin, and MW Tingley. 2022. DNA metabarcoding reveals broadly overlapping diets in three sympatric North American hummingbirds. Ornithology 139:ukab074. [link]

Spence, AR, H LeWinter, and MW Tingley. 2022. Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) physiological response to novel thermal and hypoxic conditions at high elevations. Journal of Experimental Biology 225: jeb243294 [link]

Stillman, AN, MV Caiafa, TJ Lorenz, MA Jusino, and MW Tingley. 2022. DNA metabarcoding reveals broad woodpecker diets in fire-maintained forests. Ornithology. [link]

Tang, B, HA Frye, AE Gelfand, JA Silander. 2022. Zero-inflated beta distribution regression modeling. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics 28:117-137. [link]

Wagner, DL, TA Matson, and JD Palting. 2022. A New Norape from the Southwestern United States (Megalopygidae, Trosiinae). The Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 76:1-9. [link]

Weber, JN  NC Steinel, F Peng, KC Shim, BK Lohman, LE Fuess, S Subramanian, SP De Lisle, DI Bolnick. 2022. Evolutionary gain and loss of a pathological immune response to parasitism. Science 377:1206-1211.

Webster, C, L Figueroa-Corona, ID Méndez-González, L Álvarez-Soto, DB Neale, JP Jaramillo-Correa, JL Wegrzyn, and A Vázquez-Lobo. 2022. Comparative analysis of differential gene expression indicates divergence in ontogenetic strategies of leaves in two conifer genera. Ecology and Evolution 12:e8611. [link]

White, PA, H Frye, MF Christensen, AE Gelfand, and JA Silander. 2022. Spatial functional data modeling of plant reflectances. The Annals of Applied Statistics 16:1919-1936. [link]


Bizzarri, L, CS Baer, and C Garcia-Robledo. 2021. DNA barcoding reveals generalization and host overlap in hummingbird flower mites: implications for the Mating Rendezvous Hypothesis. The American Naturalist [link]

Frye, HA, Z Muscavitch, and B Goffinet. In press. Discovery of epiphytic lichen in Connecticut suggests novel introduction and reintroduction via horticultural practices. The Bryologist.

Frye, HA, ME Aiello-Lammens, D Euston-Brown, CS Jones, HK Mollmann, C Merow, JA Slingsby, H van der Merwe, AM Wilson, JA Silander Jr. Accepted. Plant spectral diversity as a surrogate for species, functional, and phylogenetic diversity across a hyper-diverse biogeographic region. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Garzón-Orduña IJ, and TA Matson. 2021. First report of Meris paradoxa Rindge (Geometridae: Ennominae) in the central mountains of Mexico with first description of female and comparison of caterpillar variation among kin. Zootaxa 5032:104-112. [link]

Goyes Vallejos, J, J Gomez, AD Hernández-Figueroa, R Vera, DM Green. 2021. Fertilization success suggests random pairing in frogs with regard to body size. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 75: 140. [link]

Gruber JW, TA Matson, and DL Wagner. 2021. Alypiodes flavilinguis Grote, 1883 as a valid species (Noctuidae, Agaristinae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 75:81-87. [link]

Gurung, V, Y Yuan, and PK Diggle. 2021. Comparative analysis of corolla tube development across three closely related Mimulus species with different pollination syndromes. Evolution & Development.2021; e12368. [link]

Herder, EA, AR Spence, MW Tingley, SM Hird. 2021. Elevation correlates with significant changes in relative abundance in hummingbird fecal microbiota, but composition changes little. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8:534. [link]

Lech, JD, and MR Willig. 2021. Unraveling the effects of multiple types of disturbance on an aquatic plant metacommunity in freshwater lakes. Freshwater Biology 66:1395-1409.

Loverin, JK, AN Stillman, RB Siegel, RL Wilkerson, M Johnson, and MW Tingley. 2021. Nestling provisioning behavior of Black-backed Woodpeckers in post-fire forest. Journal of Field Ornithology. [link]

Matson TA, and DC Ferguson. 2021. A new geometrid genus from the Southwestern United States (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 123:350-359. [link]

Pier, JQ, SK Brisson, JA Beard, MT Hren, AM Bush. 2021. Accelerated mass extinction in an isolated biota during Late Devonian climate changes. Scientific Reports 11:24366. [link]

Presley, SJ, J Graf, AF Hassan, AR Sjodin, and MR Willig. 2021. Effects of host species identity and diet on biodiversity of oral and rectal microbiomes of Puerto Rican bats. Current Microbiology 78: 3526-3540.

Sayers, CJ, MR Roeder, L Forrette; D Roche, GLB Dupont, SE Apgar, AR Kocek, AM Cook, WG Shriver, CS Elphick, B Olsen, and DN Bonter. 2021. Geographic variation of mercury in breeding tidal marsh sparrows of the northeastern United States. Ecotoxicology. [link]

*Slot, M, T Nardwattanawong, GG Hernández, A Bueno, M Riederer, K Winter. 2021. Large differences in leaf cuticle conductance and its temperature response among 24 tropical tree species from across a rainfall gradient. New Phytologist. [link]

Spence, AR, and MW Tingley. 2021. Body size and environment influence both intraspecific and interspecific variation in daily torpor use across hummingbirds. Functional Ecology. [link]

Stillman, AN, TJ Lorenz, PC Fischer, RB Siegel, RL Wilkerson, M Johnson, and MW Tingley. 2021. Juvenile survival of a burned forest specialist in response to variation in fire characteristics. Journal of Animal Ecology​. [link]

Van Leeuwen, M, HA Frye, and AM Wilson. 2021. Understanding limits of species identification using simulated imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing of Environment 112405. [link]

*Vaziri, GJ, MA Jusino, JM Palmer, MT Brewer, JS Adelman. 2021. Anthelmintic drugs modulate the acute phase immune response but not the microbiota in wild Song Sparrows. Ornithology 138:ukaa066 [link]

Wagner, DL, EM Grames, ML Forister, MR Berenbaum, and D Stopak. 2021. Insect decline in the Anthropocene: Death by a thousand cuts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118:e2023989118. [link]


Addesso, AM, JA Harvey, GJ Vaziri, TB Verrett, L Albert, T Arthur, K Chernicky, S Simons, JA Chaves, and SA Knutie. 2020. Effect of introduced parasites on the survival and microbiota of nestling cactus finches (Geospiza scandens) in the Galapagos Islands. Journal of Ornithology 161:1011-1019. [link]

Ding, B, R Xia, Gurung, JM Sagawa, LE Stanley, M Strobel, Q Lin, PK Diggle BC Meyers, and YYuan. 2020. Developmental genetics of corolla tube formation: role of the tasiRNA-ARF pathway. Plant Cell. [link]

Ding, B, EL Patterson, S Holalu, J Lid, GA Johnson, LE Stanley, AB Greenlee, F Peng, HD Bradshaw Jr, ML Blinov, BK Blackman, and YW Yuan. 2020. Two MYB proteins in a self-organizing activator-inhibitor system produce spotted pigmentation patterns. Current Biology 30: 802-814. [link]

Evans, AE, MC Urban, and EL Jockusch. 2020. Developmental temperature influences color polymorphism but not hatchling size in a woodland salamander. Oecologia 192:909918. [link]

Frye, HA, K Mocko, TE Moore, CD Schlichting, and CS Jones. 2020. Leaf margins in a deciduous lineage from the Greater Cape Floristic Region track climate in unexpected directions. American Journal of Botany 107:735-748. [link]

García-Robledo, C, EK Kuprewicz, C Baer, E Clifton, GG Hernández, and DL Wagner. 2020. The Erwin Equation of Biodiversity: From little steps to quantum leaps in the discovery of tropical insect diversity. Biotropica 52:590-597. [link]

Grames, EM, and CS Elphick. 2020. Use of study design principles would increase the reproducibility of reviews in conservation biology. Biological Conservation 241, 108385. [link]

Hart, AJ, S Ginzburg, M Xu, CR Fisher, N Rahmatpour, JB Mitton, R Paul, and JL Wegrzyn. 2020. EnTAP: Bringing faster and smarter functional annotation to non‐model eukaryotic transcriptomes. Molecular Ecology Resources 20:591-604. [link]

*Hernández, GG, M Slot, and K Winter. 2020. Similar temperature dependence of photosynthetic parameters in sun and shade leaves of three tropical tree species. Tree Physiology 40:637-651. [link]

Kasper JM, J Brust, A Caskenette, J McNamee, JC Vokoun, and ET Schultz. 2020. Using harvest slot limits to promote stock recovery and broaden age structure in marine recreational fisheries: a case study. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. [link]

Matson TA, and DL Wagner. 2020. A new Stamnodes from the southwestern United States (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Larentiinae). ZooKeys 923:79-90. [link]

Mickley, JG, and N Taylor. 2020. Occurrence of thymeleaf sandmat Euphorbia serpillifolia Persoon (Euphorbiaceae) in Vermont. Rhodora 121:353-356.

Milici VR, D Dalui, JG Mickley, and R Bagchi. 2020. Responses of plant-pathogen interactions to precipitation: implications for tropical tree richness in a changing world. Journal of Ecology 108:1800-1809. [link]

Montgomery, G, R Fox, E Jongejans, S Leather, ME Saunders, CR Shortall, MW Tingley, and DL Wagner. 2020. Is the insect apocalypse upon us? How to find out. Biological Conservation 108327. [link]

Moore, TE, CS Jones, C Chong, and CD Schlichting. 2020. Impact of rainfall seasonality on intraspecific trait variation in a shrub from a Mediterranean climate. Functional Ecology 34:865-876. [link]

Nakagawa, S, AG Dunn, M Lagisz, A Bannach-Brown, EM Grames, …, and NR Haddaway. 2020. A new ecosystem for evidence synthesis. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4:498-501. [link]

Nolting, KM, R Prunier, GF Midgley, and KE Holsinger. 2020. Intraspecific trait variation influences physiological performance and fitness in the South Africa shrub genus Protea (Proteaceae). Annals of Botany. [link]

Phillips, JR, AE Hewes, and K Schwenk. 2020 The mechanics of air-breathing in gray tree frog tadpoles, Hyla versicolor (Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 223: jeb219311. [link]

Schwenk, K, and JR Phillips. 2020. Circumventing surface tension: tadpoles suck bubbles to breathe air. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287:20192888. [link]

Stanley, LE, B Ding, W Sun, F Mou, C Hill, S Chen, and YW Yuan. 2020. A tetratricopeptide repeat protein regulates carotenoid biosynthesis and chromoplast development in monkeyflowers (Mimulus). Plant Cell 32:1536–1555. [link]

Stillman, GR, AN Stillman, and MS Beecher. 2020. Frailty is associated with early hospital readmission in older medical patients. Journal of Applied Gerontology. [link]

Tingley, MW, AN Stillman, RL Wilkerson, SC Sawyer, and RB Siegel. 2020. Black-backed woodpecker occupancy in burned and beetle-killed forests: Disturbance agent matters. Forest Ecology and Management 455:117694. [link]

Trouern-Trend, AJ, T Falk, S Zaman, M Caballero, DB Neale, CH Langley, AM Dandekar, KA Stevens, and JL Wegrzyn. 2020. Comparative genomics of six Juglans species reveals disease-associated gene family contractions. The Plant Journal, 102:410-423. [link]


Field, CR, and CS Elphick. 2019. Quantifying the return on investment of social and ecological data for conservation planning. Environmental Research Letters 14:124081. [link]

Fisher, CR, JL Wegrzyn, and EJ Jockusch. 2019. Co-option of wing-patterning genes underlies the evolution of the treehopper helmet. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4:250-260. [link]

Grames, EM, AN Stillman, MW Tingley, and CS Elphick. 2019. An automated approach to identifying search terms for systematic reviews using keyword co-occurrence networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:1645-1654. [link]

Hsieh, S, AM Bush, and JB Bennington. 2019. Were bivalves ecologically dominant over brachiopods in the late Paleozoic? A test using exceptionally preserved fossil assemblages. Paleobiology 45:265-279.  [link]

Janowiecki, M, E Clifton, A Avalos, and EL Vargo. 2019. Upper thermal tolerance of tropical and temperate termite species (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae, Termitidae): a test of the climate variability hypothesis in termites. Insectes Sociaux 67:51-57. [link]

Łukasik, P, RA Chong, K Nazario, Y Matsuura, D Bublitz, Ma A Campbell, M Meyer, JT Van Leuven, P Pessacq, C Veloso, C Simon, and JP McCutcheon. 2019. One hundred mitochondrial genomes of cicadas. Journal of Heredity 110:247-256. [link]

Matson TA, DL Wagner, and SE Miller. 2019. A revision of North American Lactura (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Lacturidae). ZooKeys 846:75-116. [link]

Mickley, JG, TE Moore, CD Schlichting, A DeRobertis, E Mason, and R Bagchi. 2019. Measuring microenvironments for global change: DIY environmental microcontroller units (EMUs). Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:578-584. [link]

Nadeau, CP, and MC Urban. 2019. Eco-evolution on the edge during climate change. Ecography 42:1280-1297. [link]

Pregler, KC, N Hagstrom, ET Schultz, and J Vokoun. 2019. Landscape factors predict local extirpation in an imperilled minnow species, the bridle shiner (Notropis bifrenatus). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 29:1227-1237. [link]

Schultz, ET, MG Smircich, and DL Strayer. 2019. Changes over three decades in feeding success of young American Shad Alosa sapidissima are influenced by invading zebra mussels Dreissena polymorpha. Marine Ecology Progress Series 628:141-153. [link]

Stanley, LE, and YW Yuan. 2019. Transcriptional regulation of carotenoid biosynthesis in plants: So many potential regulators, so little consensus. Frontiers in Plant Science 10:1017. [link]

Stillman, AN, RB Siegel, RL Wilkerson, M Johnson, CA Howell, and MW Tingley. 2019. Nest site selection and nest survival of Black-backed Woodpeckers after wildfire. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 121:duz039.  [link]

Stillman, AN, RB Siegel, RL Wilkerson, M Johnson, and MW Tingley. 2019. Age-dependent habitat relationships of a burned-forest specialist emphasise the role of pyrodiversity in fire management. Journal of Applied Ecology 56:880-890. [link]

Terlova, E, and LA Lewis. 2019. A new species of Tetradesmus adustus (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) isolated from desert soil crust habitats in southwestern North America. Plant and Fungal Systematics 64:25-32. [link]

Tsai, T, PK Diggle, HA Frye, and CS Jones. 2018. Contrasting lengths of Pelargonium floral nectar tubes result from late differences in rate and duration of growth. Annals of Botany, 121:549-560. [link]

Villegas-Luján, R, M Felipe-Victoriano, K Keegan, MA Solis, and SR Sánchez-Peña. 2019. Identity and first report of the four-spotted moth Palpita quadristigmalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) as a pest of Japanese privet, Ligustrum japonicum Thunb. (Oleaceae) in Mexico. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 121:290–298. [link]

Wagner, DL, KL Keegan, BB Nall, VG Bugh, and J Rota. 2019. A tale of two caterpillars and reclassification of Cerathosia Smith and Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). The Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 73:1-4. [link]

Wagner, D, KJ Metzler, and HA Frye. 2019. Importance of transmission line corridors for conservation of native bees and other wildlife. Biological Conservation. 235:147-156. [link]

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