Dr. Brian D. Inouye
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Ph.D. in Ecology, Duke University, 1998. MS in Statistics, Duke University, 1998. Associate editor-in-chief, Ecology.
Graduate Faculty Status
Research and Professional Interests:
At each level of organization, from genes to species to communities, one of the most exciting aspects of biology is diversity. Why do some communities have many species, when others are dominated by just a few? The main goal of my research program is to join theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding how species coexist. In particular, I am interested in how spatial and temporal variation in species interactions influence population dynamics, patterns of community structure, and coexistence. One interesting cause of this variation in interactions is the variation inherent in structured populations, i.e. when individuals have different sizes, ages, sexes, or local neighborhoods that affect the strength of their interactions with competitors, predators, and mutualists. Making connections between data and theory requires use of mathematical models, knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis, and an appreciation of natural history. I am excited about and involved in research in each of these areas. The empirical side of my research program generally involves insect communities, focusing on community modules of tightly interacting species. Insects are ecologically and economically important and fantastically diverse, and most insect species are amenable to experimental manipulations.
My current research projects include (1) competition-coexistence trade-offs in a tropical ant-plant system, (2) experiments on effects of resource heterogeneity for host-parasitoid interactions, (3) effects of environmental and demographic variation on the spatial spread of invasive species, (4) collaborative work with Nora Underwood on the spatial ecology of plant-herbivore interactions, (5) the community ecology of cynipid gall-wasps on oak trees and their parasitoids.Selected Publications:
Ellison, A.M., N.J. Gotelli, B.D. Inouye, and D.R. Strong. 2013. P-values, hypothesis testing, and model selection: it's déjà vu all over again. Ecology. Introduction to a special Forum, in press.
Hambäck, P.A. B.D. Inouye, P. Andersson, and N. Underwood. A theory for relative attraction and associational effects. Ecology, in press.
Underwood, N., B.D. Inouye, and P.A. Hambäck. A conceptual framework for associational effects: when do neighbors matter and how would we know? Quarterly Review of Biology in press.
Spiesman B.J. and B.D. Inouye. 2013. Habitat loss alters the architecture of plant-pollinator interaction networks. Ecology, in press.
Kim T, N. Underwood, B.D. Inouye. 2013. Insect herbivores change the outcome of plant competition through effects on demographic processes. Ecology 94(8): 1753-1763.
Miller, T.E.X., and B.D. Inouye. 2013. Sex-biased dispersal affects the velocity of range expansion. Ecology Letters, 16(3): 354-361.
Kadowaki, K., B.D. Inouye, and T.E. Miller. 2012. Assembly-history dynamics of a pitcher-plant protozoan community in experimental microcosms. PLoS ONE, 7(8): e42651. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042651.
Inouye, B.D. 2012. Coevolution. pgs 131-136 in Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology, Hastings, A. and L. Gross, editors. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
Grinath, J.B., B.D. Inouye, N. Underwood, and I. Billick. 2012. The indirect consequences of a mutualism: comparing positive and negative components of the net interaction between honeydew-tending ants and host plants. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81:494-502.
Miller, T.E.X., and B. D. Inouye. 2011. Confronting two-sex demographic models with data. Ecology, 92(11):2141-2151.Hughes, A. R., B. D. Inouye, M. Johnson, N. Underwood, and M. Vellend. 2008. Ecological consequences of genetic diversity. Ecology Letters 11: 609–623.
Lee, C.T., B.D. Inouye, and T.E.X. Miller. 2011. Consumer effects on the vital rates of their resource can determine the outcome of competition between consumers. American Naturalist 178(4): 452-463.
Miller, T.E.X., A.K. Shaw, B.D. Inouye, and M.G. Neubert. 2011. Sex-biased dispersal and the speed of two-sex invasions. American Naturalist 177(5):549-561.
Chase, J.M., N.J.B. Kraft, K.G. Smith, M. Vellend, B.D. Inouye. 2011. Using null models to disentangle variation in community dissimilarity from variation in α-diversity. Ecosphere 2(2): art24. doi:10.1890/ES10-00117.1.
Anderson, M.J., T.O. Crist, J.M. Chase, M. Vellend, B.D. Inouye, A.L. Freestone, N.J. Sanders, H.V. Cornell, K.F. Davies, S.P. Harrison, N.J.B. Kraft, J.C. Stegen, N.G. Swenson. 2011. Navigating the multiple meanings of β diversity: a roadmap and compass for the practicing ecologist. Ecology Letters 14(1): 19-28.
A more complete list of publications, with links to .pdf files, can be found on my lab's webpage.