Ecology and evolution in changing environments: Mechanisms to Responses

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Peer-Reviewed Journals


  1. Reeves, W., R. Thayer*, and M. Veeman. 2014. Anterior-posterior regionalized gene expression in the Ciona notochord. Developmental Dynamics 243: 612-620. - Thayer and Reeves were co-first authors and had equal contributions to this work.

  2. Rivers, J.W., M.A. Blundell* and S.I. Rothstein. 2014. Mismatched begging displays between foreign and host offspring reduce brood parasite fitness. Behavioral Ecology. doi:10.1093/beheco/aru055


  1. DiRienzo, N.* and J.L. Marshall. 2013. Function of the hemolymph nuptial gift in the ground cricket, Allonemobius socius.  Ethology 119:104-109.

  2. Rivers, J.W., M.A. Blundell*, T.M. Loughin, B.D. Peer, and S.I. Rothstein. 2013. The exaggerated begging behaviour of an obligate avian brood parasite is shared with a nonparasitic close relative. Animal Behaviour 86: 529-536.

  3. Ungerer, M.C., C.A Weitekamp*, A. Joern, G.Towne, and J.M. Briggs. 2013. Genetic Variation and Mating Success in Managed American Plains Bison. J Heredity 104:182-191. doi:10.1093/jhered/ess095


  1. Mandyam, K*, C. Fox, and A. Jumpponen. 2012. Septate endophyte colonization and host responses of grasses and forbs native to a tallgrass prairie. Mycorrhiza 22:109–119. DOI 10.1007/s00572-011-0386-y.

  2. Marshall, J.L. and N. DiRienzo*. 2012. Noncompetitive gametic isolation between sibling species of cricket:a hypothesized link between within-population incompatibility and reproductive isolation between species. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology doi:  10.1155/2012/593438.

  3. Singer*, CL, NM Bello, and BA Snyder. 2012. Characterizing prevalence and ecological impact of non-native terrestrial isopods (Isopoda, Oniscidea) in tallgrass prairie. Crustaceana 85 (12): 1499 – 1511.

  4. Nippert, JB, RA Wieme*, TW Ocheltree, JM Craine. 2012. Root characteristics of C4 grasses limit reliance on deep soil water in tallgrass prairie. Plant and Soil doi: 10.1007/s11104-011-1112-4.


  1. Craine, J. M. and T. M. Gelderman*. 2011. Soil moisture controls on temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43:455-457.

  2. Kawakami, T., P. Dhakal, A.N. Katterhenry, C.A. Heatherington*, and M.C. Ungerer. 2011.  Transposable element proliferation and genome expansion are rare in contemporary sunflower hybrid populations despite widespread transcriptional activity of LTR retrotransposons.  Genome Biology and Evolution 3:156-167. 

  3. Kawakami, T., T.J. Morgan, J.B. Nippert, T.W. Ocheltree, R.A. Keith*, P. Dhakal, and M.C. Ungerer.  2011.  Natural selection drives clinal life history patterns in the perennial sunflower species, Helianthus maximiliani. Molecular Ecology 20:2318-2328.

  4. Klug, P.E., J. Fill*, and K.A. With. 2011. Spatial ecology of eastern yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor flaviventris) and great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) in a contiguous tallgrass-prairie landscape. Herpetologica 67: 428-439.

  5. Kohler*, T., K.B. Gido, J.M. Murdock and W.K. Dodds. 2011. Nutrient loading and grazing by the minnow Phoxinus erythrogaster shift periphyton abundance and stoichiometry in experimental streams. Freshwater Biology 56:1133-1146.

  6. LaPierre, K.J., S. Yuan, C.C. Chang, M.L. Avolio, L.M. Hallett*, T. Schreck, and M.D. Smith. 2011.  Explaining temporal variation in above-ground productivity in a mesic grassland: the role of climate and flowering. Journal of Ecology 99:1250-1262.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01844.x .

  7. Loaiza*, V., J.L. Jonas, and A. Joern. 2011. Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) select vegetation patches in local-scale responses to foliar nitrogen but not phosphorus in native grassland. Insect Science doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2010.01376.x

  8. Mandyam, K., C. Fox*, and A. Jumpponen. 2011. Septate endophyte colonization and host responses of grasses and forbs native to a tallgrass prairie. Mycorrhiza  doi: 10.1007/s00572-011-0386-y

  9. Nippert, J.B., T.W. Ocheltree, A.M. Skibbe, L.C. Kangas*, J.M. Ham, K.B. Shonkwiler Arnold, and N.A. Brunsell  2011.  Linking plant growth responses across topographic gradients in tallgrass prairie. Oecologia 166:1131-1142.  DOI 10.1007/s00442-011-1948-6

  10. Ratajczak*, Z., J.B. Nippert, J.C. Hartman, and T.W. Ocheltree.  (2011) Positive feedbacks amplify rates of woody encroachment in mesic tallgrass prairie. Ecosphere 2(11):121. doi:10.1890/ES11-00212.1

  11. Reisinger, A. J., D.L. Presuma*, K. B. Gido, and W. K. Dodds. 2011. Direct and indirect effects of central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum) on mesocosm recovery following a flood: can macroconsumers affect denitrification? Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:840-852.

  12. VanderWeide, B.L.* and D.C. Hartnett.  2011.  Fire resistance of tree species explains historical gallery forest community composition. Forest Ecology and Management 261:1530-1538.

  13. Walker, J.F., L. Aldrich-Wolfe, A. Riffel*, H. Barbare, N.B. Simpson, J. Trowbridge, and A. Jumpponen.  2011.  Diverse Helotiales associated with the roots of three species of arctic Ericaceae provide no evidence for host specificity.  New Phytologist 191:515-527. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03703.x.

  14. Westphal, M.F., J. Massie, J.M. Bronkema*, B. Smith  and T.J. Morgan. 2011. Heritable variation in garter snake color patterns in a postglacial populations. PLoS One 6:e24199.


  1. Craine, J. M., R. Spurr*, K. McLauchlan, and N. Fierer.  2010.  Landscape-level variation in temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42:373-375.

  2. Johnson, N.C., G.W.T. Wilson, M.A. Bowker, J.A. Wilson*, and R.M. Miller.  2010.  Resource limitation is a driver of local adaptation in mycorrhizal symbioses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:2093-2098.

  3. Kawakami, T, P. Dhakal, R.A. Keith*, N.C. Kane, and M. Ungerer.  2010.  Development and characterization of 13 polymorphic EST-SSR loci for the perennial sunflower species, Helianthus maximiliani.  In: Aurelle et al.  2010.  Permanent genetic resources added to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 February 2010-31 March 2010.  Molecular Ecology Resources 10:751-754.

  4. Klug, P.E., S.L. Jackrel*, and K.A. With. 2010. Linking snake habitat use to nest predation risk in grassland birds: the dangers of shrub cover. Oecologia 162:803-813.

  5. White, K.*, J. Gerken, C. Paukert, and A. Makinster.  2010.  Fish community structure in natural and engineered habitats in the Kansas River.  River Research and Applications 26:797-805


  1. Fill*, J.F., P.E. Klug, and B.K. Sandercock.  2009.  The influence of habitat variation on snake body temperature and behavior on Konza Prairie. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:E55.

  2. White*, K., J. Gerken, C. Paukert, and A. Makinster.  2009.  Fish community structure in natural and engineered habitats in the Kansas River.  River Research and Applications DOI: 10.1002/rra.1287.


  1. Blundell*, M.A., and B. Von Korff. 2008. Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) nesting at Konza Prairie Biological Station, Riley County, Kansas. Bulletin of the Kansas Ornithological Society 59:21-23.

  2. Loaiza*, V., J.L. Jonas, and A. Joern. 2008.  Does dietary-P affect feeding and performance in the mixed-feeding grasshopper (Acrididae) Melanoplus bivittattusEnvironmental Entomology 37: 333–339.

  3. Sandercock, B.K., E.L. Hewett*, and K.L. Kosciuch. 2008. Effects of experimental cowbird removals on brood parasitism and nest predation of a grassland songbird. Auk 125:820-830.

  4. Schook*, D.M., M. D. Collins, W.E. Jensen, P.J. Williams*, N. E. Bader, and T. H. Parker. 2008. Geographic patterns of song similarity in the Dickcissel (Spiza americana). Auk 125:953-964.


  1. Eitzmann*, J.L., A. S. Makinster, and C. P. Paukert.  2007.  Distribution and growth of blue sucker in a Great Plains, USA river.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 14:255-262.

  2. Ross*, B.E., A.W. Reed, R.L. Rehmeier, G.A. Kaufman and D.W. Kaufman. 2007. Effects of prairie vole runways on tallgrass prairie. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110: 100-106.

  3. Volk*, M.D., D.W. Kaufman, and G.A. Kaufman. 2007. Diurnal activity and habitat associations of white-tailed deer in tallgrass prairie of eastern Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 110:145-154.


  1. Benson*, E. and D. C. Hartnett. 2006. The role of seed and vegetative reproduction in plant recruitment and demography in tallgrass prairie. Plant Ecology 187:163-177.

  2. Dodds, W.K. and J.A. Nelson*. 2006. Re-defining the community: a species-based approach.  Oikos 112: 464-472.

  3. Franssen, N.R., K.B. Gido, C.S. Guy, J.A. Tripe, S.S. Shrank, T.R. Strakosh, K.N. Bertrand, C.M. Franssen*, K.L. Pitts*, and C.P. Paukert.  2006. Effects of floods on fish assemblages in an intermittent prairie stream.  Freshwater Biology 51:2072-2086.

  4. Strakosh, T.R, K.B. Gido, C.S. Guy, and J.L. Eitzmann*. 2006. The response of water willow, Justicia americana, to different inundation and desiccationregimes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:1476-1485.


  1. Baer, S. G., S. L. Collins, J. M. Blair, A. Fiedler*, and A. K. Knapp. 2005. Soil heterogeneity effects on tallgrass prairie community heterogeneity: an application of ecological theory to restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology 13: 413-424.

  2. Jumpponen, A., J. Trowbridge*, K. Mandyam, and L. Johnson. 2005. Nitrogen enrichment causes minimal changes in arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization but shifts community composition - Evidence from rDNA data. Biology and Fertility of Soils 41: 217-224.

  3. Kaufman, G. A., D. W. Kaufman and S. D. Kocher*. 2005. Distribution of carnivore burrows in a prairie landscape. Great Plains Research 15: 15-29.

  4. Fay, P.A., and H.L. Throop*. 2005. Branching responses in Silphium integrifolium (Asteraceae) following mechanical or gall damage to apical meristems and neighbor removal. American Journal of Botany 92: 954-959.


  1. Benson*, E., D.C. Hartnett and K. Mann*. 2004. The role of belowground bud banks and meristem limitation in tallgrass prairie plant populations. American Journal of Botany 91: 416-421.

  2. Heisler, J.L, J.M. Briggs, A.K. Knapp, J.M. Blair, and A. Seery*. 2004. Direct and indirect effects of fire on shrub expansion in a mesic grassland. Ecology 85: 2245-2257.

  3. Pearse*, A. T., J. F. Cavitt, and J. F. Cully, Jr. 2004. Effects of food supplementation on female nest attentiveness and incubation: mate-feeding in two sympatric wren species. Wilson Bulletin 116: 23-30.

  4. Smith, M. D., J. Wilcox, T. Kelly*, and A. K. Knapp. 2004. Dominance not diversity determines invasibility of tallgrass prairie. Oikos 106: 253-262.

  5. Trager*, M., G.W.T. Wilson, and D.C. Hartnett. 2004. Interactive effects of burn regime and bison activity on tallgrass prairie vegetation. American Midland Naturalist 152: 37-47.


  1. Evans-White*, M. A., W. K. Dodds, and M. R. Whiles. 2003. Ecosystem significance of crayfishes and central stonerollers in a tallgrass prairie stream: Functional differences between co-occurring omnivores. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22: 423-441.


  1. Beckmann*, J. P., G. A. Kaufman, and D. W. Kaufman. 2002. Distribution of eastern woodrats in a grassland-woodland mosaic: influence of vegetation and fire. Great Plains Research 12: 157-166.

  2. Dodds, W. K., A. L. López*, W. B. Bowden, S. Gregory, N. B. Grimm, S. K. Hamilton, A. E. Hershey, W. B. McDowell, J. L. Meyer, D. Moral, P. J. Mulholland, B. J. Peterson, J. L. Tank, H. M. Vallet, J. R. Webster, W. Wohleim. 2002. N uptake as a function of concentration in streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 21: 206-220.

  3. Fay, P.A., J.D. Carlisle, B.T. Danner, M.S. Lett, J.K. McCarron, C. Stewart*, A.K. Knapp, J.M. Blair, S.L. Collins. 2002. Altered rainfall patterns, gas exchange, and growth in grasses and forbs. International Journal of Plant Sciences 163: 549-557.

  4. Owens*, A., M. Trager*, and E.A. Horne. 2002. Phrynosoma cornutum (Texas horned lizard) reproduction. Herpetological Review 33: 308-309.


  1. Evans-White*, M., W. K. Dodds, L.J. Gray and K. M. Fritz. 2001. A comparison of the trophic ecology of crayfish (Orconectes nais [Faxon] andOrconectes neglectus [Faxon]) and the central stoneroller minnow (Compostoma anomalum [Rafinesque]): omnivory in a tallgrass prairie stream. Hydrobiologia 462: 131-144.

  2. Johnson, L. and J. R. Matchett*. 2001. Fire and grazing regulate belowground processes in tallgrass prairie. Ecology 82: 3377-3389.

  3. Wilson, G. W., D. C. Hartnett, M. D. Smith, and K. L. Kobbeman*. 2001. Effects of mycorrhizae on the growth and demography of tallgrass prairie forbs. American Journal of Botany 88: 1452-1457.

  4. Dodds, W. K., M. A. Evans-White*, N. Gerlanc, L. Gray, D. A. Gudder, M. J. Kemp, A. L. López*, D. Stagliano, E. Strauss, J. L. Tank, M. R. Whiles and W. Wollheim. 2000. Quantification of the nitrogen cycle in a prairie stream. Ecosystems 3: 574-589.


  1. McMillan, B. R., M. R. Cottam*, and D. W. Kaufman. 2000. Wallowing behavior of American bison (Bos bison) in tallgrass prairie: an examination of alternate explanations. American Midland Naturalist 144: 159-167.


  1. Eom, A. H., D.C. Hartnett, G.W.T. Wilson, and D.A.H. Figge*. 1999. The effect of fire, mowing and fertilizer amendment on arbuscular mycorrhizas in tallgrass prairie. American Midland Naturalist 142: 55-69.

  2. Cavitt, J. F., A. T. Pearse*, and T. A. Miller. 1999. Brown thrasher nest reuse: a time saving resource, protection from search-strategy predators, or cues for nest-site selection? Condor 101: 859-862.

  3. Papon*, S. G., R. J. Robel, and K. E. Kemp. 1999. Nutrient and energy characteristics of invertebrates from two locations in Kansas. Prairie Naturalist 31: 173-186.

  4. Throop*, H. L. and P. A. Fay. 1999. Effects of fire, browsers, and gallers on New Jersey tea (Caenothus herbaceous) growth and reproduction. American Midland Naturalist 141: 51-58.


  1. Cavitt, J. F., A. T. Pearse*, and D. A. Rintoul. 1998. Hybridization of mountain bluebird and eastern bluebird in northeastern Kansas. Bulletin of the Kansas Ornithological Society 49: 21-32.

  2. Robel, R. J., C. A. Desjardins* and K. E. Kemp. 1998. Nutrient and energetic characteristics of grasshoppers of different life stages. Prairie Naturalist 30: 37-48.


  1. Turner, C. L., J. M. Blair, R. J. Schartz* and J. C. Neel*. 1997. Soil N availability and plant response in tallgrass prairie: Effects of fire, topography and supplemental N. Ecology 78:1832-1843.


  1. Hartnett, D.C., R.J. Samenus*, L.E. Fischer and B.A.D. Hetrick. 1994. Plant demographic responses to mycorrhizal symbiosis in tallgrass prairie. Oecologia 99:21-26.

Undergraduate Theses

  1. Strauss*, A. 2009. Effects of habitat on geographic patterns of song sharing in Dickcissels (Spiza americana). Bachelor of Arts in Biology senior thesis, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington.

  2. Fill*, J.  2008.  The influence of habitat variation on snake body temperature and behavior on Konza Prairie Biological Station.  Bachelor of Science independent capstone thesis, University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  Amherst, Massachusetts.

  3. Blundell*, M. A. 2008. Brown-headed cowbird begging and feeding by host parents: Does exaggerated begging lead to exaggerated provisioning?. Bachelor of Science honor's thesis, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

  4. Dalisio*, A. 2007. Response of male Dickcissels to geographic song variation.  Bachelor of Science thesis, Sterling College,Craftsbury Common, Vermont.

  5. Matonis*, M. 2007. Watching the grass grow: The effects of moisture and temperature manipulation on the relative growth rates of Andropogon gerardii and Sorghastrum nutans.  Bachelor of Science honor's thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

  6. Schook*, D.M. 2007. Microgeographic song sharing and the formation of dialects in the dickcissel, Spiza americana. Bachelor of Science thesis, College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.

  7. Haller*, S.J. 2005. Reproductive biology of Lespedeza cuneata.  Bachelor of Arts thesis, William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri.

  8. Hewett*, E.L. 2005. The effect of brown-headed cowbird removal on the demography of the dickcissel (Spiza americana).Bachelor of Science thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

  9. Deal*, I. 2004. Life-history and mark-recapture analysis of the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia Drury). Bachelor of Science thesis, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina.

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