Nicholas J. Gotelli
| Nicholas J. Gotelli
Department of Biology
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
My research addresses basic questions about the organization of animal and plant communities. What are the forces that determine the species composition and abundance of natural assemblages? How do competition and predation affect local community structure? What are the biotic and abiotic factors that control population growth and the risk of extinction? Current research projects include enrichment and tipping points in aquatic ecosystems, effects of climate change on ant assemblages of eastern deciduous forests, and null model analyses of community structure and biodiversity.
Research projects of my talented graduate students include disease transmission in New England amphibians (Lauren Ash), temperature adaptation in common woodland ants and their responses to climate change (Andrew Nguyen), and proteomic indicators of tipping points in the aquatic food web of Sarracenia (Amanda Northrop).
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- Colwell, R. K., N. J. Gotelli, L. A. Ashton, J. Beck, G. Brehm, T. M. Fayle, K. Fiedler, M. L. Forister, M. Kessler, R. L. Kitching, P. Klimes, J. Kluge, J. T. Longino, S. C. Maunsell, C. M. McCain, J. Moses, S. Noben, K. Sam, L. Sam, A. M. Shapiro, X. P. Wang, and V. Novotny. 2016. Midpoint attractors and species richness: Modelling the interaction between environmental drivers and geometric constraints. Ecology Letters 19:1009-1022.
- Diamond, S. E., L. M. Nichols, S. L. Pelini, C. A. Penick, G. W. Barber, S. H. Cahan, R. R. Dunn, A. M. Ellison, N. J. Sanders, and N. J. Gotelli. 2016. Climatic warming destabilizes forest ant communities. Science Advances 2.
- Lyons, S.K., K.L. Amatangelo, A.K. Behrenstneyer, A. Bercovici, J.L. Blois, M. Davis, W.A. DiMichele, A. Du, J.T. Eronen, J.T. Faith, G.R. Graves, N. Jud, C. Labandeira, C.M. Looy, B. McGill, J.H. Miller, D. Patterson, S. Pineda-Munoz, R. Potts, B. Riddle, R. Terry, A. Toth, W. Ulrich, A. Villasenor, S. Wing, H. Anderson, J. Anderson, D. Waller, and N.J. Gotelli. 2016. Holocene shifts in the assembly of plant and animal communities implicate human impacts. Nature 529:80-U183.
- Nguyen, A.D., N.J. Gotelli, and S.H. Cahan. 2016. The evolution of heat shock protein sequences, cis-regulatory elements, and expression profiles in the eusocial Hymenoptera. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16.
- Prevedello, J. A., N. J. Gotelli, and J. P. Metzger. 2016. A stochastic model for landscape patterns of biodiversity. Ecological Monographs 86:462-479.
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