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Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Brian D. Inouye

Dr. Brian D. Inouye

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Ph.D. in Ecology and MS in Statistics, Duke University, 1998.
Graduate Faculty Status

Research and Professional Interests:

I am a quantitative population and community ecologist, mostly working with plants and insects.  I am interested in how variation among individuals (in traits, stages, and spatial locations) affects population dynamics and species interactions.  Projects in the lab include work on spatial neighborhood effects on plants and insects, tritrophic interactions among plants-seed predators-parasitoids, mathematical models of communities, and phenological responses to climate change.  

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.

Selected Publications:

Recent publications

Zipkin, E., B.D. Inouye, and S.R. Beissinger. 2019. Innovations in data integration for modeling populations. [Introduction to a Special Feature section we organized and edited.] Ecology 100(6):e02713. 10.1002/ecy.2713.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2713

Inouye, B.D., J. Ehrlén, and N. Underwood. 2019. Phenology as a process rather than an event: from individual reaction norms to community metrics. Ecological Monographs 89(2): e01352. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1352

Verschut, T.A., B.D. Inouye, and P.A. Hambäck. 2018. Sensory deficiencies affect resource selection and associational effects at two spatial scales.  Ecology and Evolution 8:10569-10577. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4534

Spiesman, B.J., Stapper, A.P., and B.D. Inouye. 2018. Patch size, isolation, and matrix effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a landscape microcosm. Ecosphere 9(3): e02173.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2173

Ogilvie, J. E., S.R. Griffin, Z.J. Gezon, B.D. Inouye, N. Underwood, D.W. Inouye and R.E. Irwin. 2017. Interannual bumble bee abundance is driven by indirect climate effects on floral resource phenology. Ecology Letters 20:1507-1515. doi: 10.1111/ele.12854.

Merwin, A.C., N. Underwood, and B.D. Inouye. 2017.  Increased consumer density decreases the strength of neighborhood effects in a model system.  Ecology 98: 2904-2913.

Underwood, N. and B.D. Inouye. 2017. Pathways for effects of small-scale disturbances on a rare plant: How Mimulus angustatus benefits from gopher mounds. Ecosphere 8(6):e01838. 10.1002/ecs2.1838

Mutz, J., N. Underwood, and B.D. Inouye. 2017. Time since disturbance affects colonization dynamics in a metapopulation. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:1065-1073. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12689
A more complete list of publications, with links to .pdf files, can be found on my lab's webpage or through Google scholar or ResearchGate.

Postdoctoral Associates:

Prather, Rebecca

Graduate Students:

Ales, Penelope
Mutz, Jessie