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.


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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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.

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]

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]

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. [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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