The Kaspari Lab

Category: new papers


As ecosystems heat and green, ant abundance and diversity increases; but too much heat and these communities lose colonies and species.

One paradox in the recent flurry of papers reporting insect declines is that insects—ectotherms that rely on external sources of heat—are often predicted to benefit as their environment warms. In an open access paper accepted as a Report in the…

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A slightly less paradoxical paradox

The Paradox of Enrichment is not the only outcome when you fertilize

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Herbivores like a little salt with their protein

When offered grassland plots fertilized with Nitrogen+Phosphorus, Sodium, or both, above and belowground invertebrates respond to salt differently.

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One way to build a dietary generalist

Karl Roeder gives some background on the dietary diversity hidden in a population of red imported fire ants

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Not all male ants are “sperm missiles”

When your mating system calls for patience, male ants will stick around for a while.

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On the salutary effect of the Kudos Email

If you like someone’s work, don’t just cite them, write them!

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Thermal Diversity: the importance of a community perspective

In a Figure that Jon Shik says used a “shocking” color choice–but that the lead author (who is color blind) finds pleasant and peaceful–we plot the distribution of thermal maxima (or, CTmax, or “death temp”) of an assemblage of 87…

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