K-State Division of Biology



Anthony Joern

University Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Graduate Affairs Committee

Ph.D. 1977, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Zoology/Population Biology-Insect Ecology

Insect community ecology; insect/plant interactions; grassland ecology.


103 Bushnell Hall
(785) 532-7073

The Joern Lab: Herbivory and Its Impact on Grasslands

Selected Research Publications

Parsons, S. and A. Joern. 2013. Life history traits associated with body size covary along a latitudinal gradient in a generalist grasshopper. Oecologia (in press, DOI : 10.1007/s00442-013-2785-6).

Joern, A. and A. Laws. 2013. Ecological mechanisms underlying arthropod species diversity in grasslands. Annual Review of Entomology 58: 19-36.

Allred, B. W., S.D. Fuhlendorf, T.J. Hovick, R.D.W. Elmore, D.M. Engle, and A. Joern. 2013. Conservation implications of native and introduced ungulates in a changing climate.  Global Change Biology 19: 1875-1883.

Jonas, J.L. and A. Joern. 2013.  Dietary selection and nutritional regulation in a common mixed-feeding insect herbivore. Experimentalis et Applicata Entomologia 148: 20-26.

Ungerer, M.C., C.A. Heatherington, A. Joern, E.G. Towne, and J.M. Briggs. 2013.  Genetic variation and patterns of mating success in managed American plains bison (Bison bison bison).  Journal of Heredity 104: 182-191.

Russell, D.M., B. Grudzinski, M. Daniels, W.K. Dodds, M.D. Daniels, A. Skibbe, and A. Joern. 2013. Blazing and grazing: influences of fire and bison on tallgrass prairie stream water quality. Freshwater Science 32: 779-791.

Laws, A. and A. Joern. 2012. Predator-prey interactions in a grassland food chain vary with temperature and food quality. Oikos 122: 977-986.

Laws, A. and A. Joern. 2012. Variable effects of dipteran parasitoids on grasshopper fecundity in a tallgrass prairie. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102: 123-130.

Joern, A. T. Provin, and S.T. Behmer. 2012. Not just the usual suspects:  Insect herbivore populations and communities are associated with multiple plant nutrients. Ecology 93: 1002-1015.

Laws, A. and A. Joern. 2011. Grasshopper fecundity responses to grazing and fire in a tallgrass prairie. Environmental Entomology 40:979-988.

Apple, J. T. Grace, A. Joern, P. St. Amand, and S. Wisely. 2010.  Comparative genome scan detects host-related divergent selection in the grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis. Molecular Ecology 19: 4012–4028.

Grace, T., F. Dowell, A. Joern, S.M. Wisely, S.J.Brown, and E. Maghirang. 2010. Divergent host plant adaptation drives the evolution of reproductive isolation in the grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis (Orthoptera: Acrididae).  Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 100: 866-878. 

Craine, J.M., E.G. Towne, Joern, A. and R.G. Hamilton. 2009. Consequences of climate variability for the performance of bison in tallgrass prairie.  Global Change Biology 15: 772-779.

Behmer, S. and A. Joern. 2008.  Coexisting generalist herbivores occupy unique nutritional feeding niches.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 105: 1977-1982.

Jonas, J.L. and A. Joern.  2008.  Host plant quality alters grass:forb consumption by a mixed-feeding insect  herbivore, Melanoplus bivittatusEcological Entomology 33: 546-554.


Complete List of Research Publications -(PDF)


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