The unifying theme of our lab's research is to understand how human stressors to the environment affect biodiversity and how to mitigate those impacts. These stressors include changes to landscapes, climate change, and species introductions. We often study spatial and temporal dynamics and use field studies at large spatial and long temporal scales to test theory and link ecological pattern with process. Areas of research include landscape connectivity/corridors, habitat fragmentation, plant-pollinator networks, insect community ecology, stable isotope ecology, and conservation biology. We work on a variety of taxa but have a particular fondness for insects. Settings for our field work include the longleaf pine ecosystem of the southeastern US and forests and meadows of the Rocky Mountains.
Resasco J, Bitters ME, Cunningham SA, Jones HI, McKenzie VJ, and Davies KF. (2019) Experimental habitat fragmentation disrupts nematode infections in Australian skinks. Ecology 100(1): e02547. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2547.
Resasco J, Tuff KT, Cunningham SA, Melbourne BA, Hicks AL, Newsome SD, and Davies KF. (2018) Generalist predator’s niche shifts reveal ecosystem changes in an experimentally fragmented landscape. Ecography 41(7):1209-1219. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03476.
Chacoff NP, Resasco J, and Vázquez DP. (2018) Interaction frequency, network position, and the temporal persistence of interactions in a plant-pollinator network. Ecology 99(1): 21–28. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2063.
Resasco J, Bruna EM, Haddad NM, Banks-Leite C, and Margules CR. (2017) The contribution of theory and experiments to conservation in fragmented landscapes. Ecography (Habitat Fragmentation Special Issue) 40(1): 109-118. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02546.
Brudvig, LA, Leroux SJ, Albert CH, Bruna EM, Davies KF, Ewers RM, Levey DJ, Pardini R, and J Resasco. (2017) Evaluating conceptual models of landscape change. Ecography (Habitat Fragmentation Special Issue) 40(1): 74–84. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02543.
Haddad NM, Brudvig LA, Damschen, Evans DM, Johnson BL, Levey DJ, Orrock JL, Resasco J, Sullivan LL, Tewksbury JJ, Wagner SA, and AJ Weldon. (2014) A review of the potential negative ecological effects of landscape corridors. Conservation Biology 28:1178-1187. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12323.
Resasco J, Haddad NM, Shoemaker DD, Orrock JL, Brudvig LA, EI Damschen, Tewksbury JJ, and Levey DJ. (2014) Landscape corridors can increase invasion by an exotic species and reduce diversity of native species. Ecology 95: 2033–2039. DOI: 10.1890/14-0169.1.
Resasco J, Pelini SL, Stuble KL, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR, Diamond SE, Ellison AM, Gotelli NJ, and Levey DJ. (2014) Using historical and experimental data to reveal warming temperature effects on ant assemblages. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88029. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088029.
Resasco J, Porter SD, Sanders NJ, and DJ Levey. (2014) Assessing the effects of sodium on fire ant foraging in the field and colony growth in the laboratory. Ecological Entomology 39: 267-271. DOI: 10.1111/een.12089.
Resasco J, Levey DJ, and Damschen EI. (2012) Habitat corridors alter trophic position of fire ants. Ecosphere 3: art. 11. DOI: 10.1890/ES12-00266.1