Andy Hicks

… has a love of insect life that began as a child in Texas and Maryland and has led to experience in museum collections, research and field work with organizations including the Systematic Entomological Laboratory and Agricultural Research Service of the USDA, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Colorado’s Natural History Museum, and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program as well as numerous publications regarding insect systematics, biogeography & host plant associations.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Julian Resasco (NSF Postdoctoral Fellow)

Julian is an NSF postdoctoral fellow interested in how habitat fragmentation and connectivity affect community and trophic structure. His current work involves using stable isotopes to determine how fragmentation affects trophic structure and community structure of beetles within the Wog Wog Habitat Fragmentation Experiment. He is also interested in other topics including species invasions, conservation biology, plant-insect interactions, metacommunities, and ants.

Andrew King (CSIRO OCE Postdoctoral Fellow)

I am excited about the interaction between soil organisms and the ecosystems they are a part of, especially as these interactions determine ecosystem health and function. My current projects include one on the response of soil microorganisms to forest fragmentation and another on the resilience of floodplain microorganisms to extended time periods without flood. My previous work focused on landscape biogeographical distributions of alpine soil microbes and their interaction with the plant community.

Graduate Students

Jeff McClenahan

I am interested in community ecology and the mechanisms that influence species assembly within communities. I am studying insect species within the Wog Wog experiment and using simulation models to determine how environmental variables and species interactions determine species’ distributions. I hope that knowledge gained will help to establish successful conservation strategies.

Kika Tarsi

My research focuses on a simple question: what happens when you carve a forest into lots of little pieces? Contrary to what you might expect, lots of species across lots of trophic levels respond positively (especially for the first several years). My research explores the mechanisms behind the curious and often unexpected responses of populations to habitat fragmentation. Currently, I am using a common garden skink as a focal species within the Wog Wog Experiment, but much of my work expands to the entire trophic system in which they are a part. This research centers on landscape ecology, while integrating population biology, biophysical ecology, and ecosystem-level analyses.

John Evans

For my PhD project, I am studying the ability of beetle species to disperse through fragmented landscapes. I will use a variety of techniques including genetics and tracking, to test directly the dispersal ability of a number of beetle species at the Wog Wog experimental site, each with known responses to fragmentation over the experiment's 25 year history. I am based at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia and am jointly supervised by Dr Davies and Drs Don Driscoll and Sam Banks from the ANU.


Erin Collier-Zans, Amanda Tynan, Zach Meili

Prospective PhD Students

The  lab is currently full.

Prospective Postdocs

I encourage individuals who have their own funding, or are interested in pursuing funding, to email me to discuss research ideas. Potential funding sources are:  Smith Fellows Program.