Here's another paper from the Ant Warming experiment we did at Duke Forest and Harvard Forest. This one was led by the then undergrad Jacquelyn Fitzgerald.
Really fun fieldwork (or so I'm told) led to lots of interesting results in this paper led by Case Prager. It's open-access, so go check it out here.
Led by Dan McGlinn, this paper extends a framework for decomposing the drivers of spatial variation in biodiversity.
Both of these papers were a lot of fun to polish and submit for a Special Feature on Ant Ecology and Biogeography! Both are OA. Nice work JP and Lacy!
Chick LD, Lessard J-P, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2020) The coupled influence of thermal physiology and biotic interactions on the distribution and density of ant species along an elevational gradient. Diversity 12:456
Lessard J-P, Stuble KL, Sanders NJ (2020) Do dominant ants affect secondary productivity, behavior and diversity in a Guild of Woodland Ants? Diversity 12:460
Here's an exciting new collaboration with a stellar team of invasion ecologists from around the world, led by Franz Essl and Bernd Lenzner, published in Global Change Biology.
Dr. Julie Sheard, celebrating with Xim Cerda, Rob Dunn, Nate, and Kate Parr. Her thesis was a wonderful mix of biogeography, community ecology, and citizen science.
Thanks to the amazing work of Matt Lau (who I've known since he was an undergrad at Humboldt State in 2003), we know more about how one of the coolest genera on the planet might respond to climate change. The work came out recently in one of my favorite OA journals - PeerJ.
It's been a while since I've posted something here, but lots has happened. The group and our collaborators have published a series of papers on the usual topics - ant macroecology, alpine ecology, global change, and (in a twist) coral reefs, among other things. Check out the updated publications page here. And we've posted a few new photos here (and below).
We struck out in the field today. That happens. Long story short: site still under about two feet of snow. Flat tire. Broken lug nut. But, the view was still beautiful. And note the "watermelon" snow, which is caused by an algae.
Josefine defended her cool thesis on the effects of temperature and dominant plant species on plant community structure in the Alps. Not surprisingly, she did a wonderful job.
It's been a while since I've posted here because life has intervened. We've now (mostly) relocated to the University of Vermont. It's taken time to get settled, but things are great. Especially now that I've been skiing a few times.
Niklas presented and defended his thesis on urban ant macroecology this morning. It's a unique dataset that's going to lead to a really cool paper very soon, we promise!
We're wrapping up an incredible field season in the Rockies. We worked on WARM. We flew drones. We worked on SALT with Mike Kaspari. We worked on ants. We worked on plants, microbes, traits, fungi, flies, rodents (maybe), hoppers, deer, etc. etc. One more week, then back to Copenhagen for writing, thinking, teaching, collaborating, and getting hygge.
I'm happy to announce that the Carlsberg Foundation has just awarded us funding for our ongoing project looking at the effects of warming and dominant plant species in montane plant communities around the world. We'll be searching for a postdoc position in the very near future, so stay tuned.
Emilie Elten presented and defended her MSc thesis, and did an outstanding job. Now, we turn it into a manuscript! More soon on climate, invasions, and global patterns of ant diversity.