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REU Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Everman, E.R., N. Ledbetter*, and T.J. Morgan. 2017. The persistence of short-term cold acclimation in Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Physiological Entomology. doi: 10.1111/phen.12191.
  • Ladner, J.*, M. H. Mayfield, L. A. Prather and C. J. Ferguson. In press. Polyploidy in Phlox (Polemoniaceae): variation in genome size in P. nana from the Pecos Plains of New Mexico and the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
  • Noh S.G., E.R., Everman, C. Berger*, and T.J. Morgan. 2017. Seasonal variation in basal and plastic cold tolerance: adaptation is influenced by both long- and short-term phenotypic plasticity. Ecology and Evolution. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3112.
  • Parra, M.*, A. C. Dalisio*, W. E. Jensen, and T. H. Parker. 2017. Male territorial aggression does not drive conformity to local vocal culture in a passerine bird. Ethology. doi: 10.1111/eth.12648
  • Ragland, G.J. and E. Keep*. 2017. Comparative transcriptomics support evolutionary convergence of diapause responses across Insecta. Physiological Entomology. doi: 10.1111/phen.12193.
  • Reeves, W.M., Y. Wu, M. Harder*, and M. Veeman. in press. Functional and evolutionary insights from the Ciona notochord transcriptome. Development.
  • Carrera-Martínez, R.*, and B.A. Snyder. 2016. First report of Amynthas carnosus (Goto & Hatai, 1899) (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) in the Western Hemisphere. Zootaxa, 4111: 297-300. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4111.3.7
  • Klodd, A.E.*, J.B. Nippert, Z. Ratajczak, H. Waring, G.K. Phoenix (2016) Tight coupling of leaf area index to canopy nitrogen and phosphorus across heterogeneous tallgrass prairie communities. Oecologia 182(3): 889-898 doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3713-3
  • Muench, A.T.*, K. O'Keefe, and J.B. Nippert. 2016. Comparative ecohydrology between Cornus drummondii and Solidago canadensis in upland tallgrass prairie. Plant Ecology 217: 267-276. doi: 10.1007/s11258-016-0567-z
  • Rosenzweig, S.T.*, M.A. Carson, S.G. Baer, and J.M. Blair. 2016. Changes in soil properties, microbial biomass, and fluxes of C and N in soil following post-agricultural grassland restoration. Applied Soil Ecology 100: 186-194. doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.01.001
  • Tetreault, H.M., T. Kawakami, M.C. Ungerer, and C. Levy*. 2016. Low temperature tolerance in the perennial sunflower Helianthus maximiliani. The American Midland Naturalist 175: 91-102. doi: 10.1674/amid-175-01-91-102.1


  • Msanne, J., Chen, M., Luttgeharm, K., Bradley, A.M., Mays, E.S.*., Paper, J.M., Boyle, D.L., Cahoon, R.E., Schrick, K., and Cahoon, E.B. 2015. Glucosylceramide is critical for cell-type differentiation and organogenesis, but not for cell viability in Arabidopsis. Plant J. doi:10.1111/tpj.13000
  • Reeves, W., R. Thayer*, and M. Veeman. 2014. Anterior-posterior regionalized gene expression in the Ciona notochord. Developmental Dynamics 243: 612-620.  doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24101- Thayer and Reeves were co-first authors and had equal contributions to this work.
  • 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
  • DiRienzo, N.* and J.L. Marshall. 2013. Function of the hemolymph nuptial gift in the ground cricket, Allonemobius socius.  Ethology 119:104-109. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dodds, W.K. and J.A. Nelson*. 2006. Re-defining the community: a species-based approach.  Oikos 112: 464-472.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smith, M. D., J. Wilcox, T. Kelly*, and A. K. Knapp. 2004. Dominance not diversity determines invasibility of tallgrass prairie. Oikos 106: 253-262.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Owens*, A., M. Trager*, and E.A. Horne. 2002. Phrynosoma cornutum (Texas horned lizard) reproduction. Herpetological Review 33: 308-309.
  • 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.
  • Johnson, L. and J. R. Matchett*. 2001. Fire and grazing regulate belowground processes in tallgrass prairie. Ecology 82: 3377-3389.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dalisio*, A. 2007. Response of male Dickcissels to geographic song variation.  Bachelor of Science thesis, Sterling College,Craftsbury Common, Vermont.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Haller*, S.J. 2005. Reproductive biology of Lespedeza cuneata.  Bachelor of Arts thesis, William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri.
  • 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.
  • 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.