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 Affiliation: *graduate student, **undergraduate student, ***high school student



Burke DJ, Carrino-Kyker SR, Hoke AJ, Galloway E**, Martin D, and L Chick. 2024.Effects of the nematode Litylenchus crenatae subsp. mccannii and beech leaf disease on leaf fungal and bacterial communities on Fagus grandifolia (American beech). Appl Environ Microbiol90:e00142-24.


Vishhvaan Gopalakrishnan*, Dena Crozier*, Kyle J Card, Lacy D Chick, Nikhil P Krishnan, Erin McClure, Julia Pelesko*, Drew FK Williamson, Daniel Nichol, Soumyajit Mandal, Robert A Bonomo, and Jacob G Scott (2022) Science Forum: A low-cost, open-source evolutionary bioreactor and its educational use. eLife 11:e83067

Perez A, Chick LD, Menke S, Lessard JP, Sanders NJ, Del Toro I, Sundebo N, and SE Diamond. Urbanization dampens the latitude-diversity cline in ants. Insect Conservation and Diversity 15:763-771. 


Martin RA, Chick LD, Garvin ML** and SE Diamond. In a nutshell, a reciprocal transplant experiment reveals local adaptation and fitness trade‐offs in response to urban evolution in an acorn‐dwelling ant. Evolution. 

Chick LD, Waters JA, and SE Diamond. Pedal to the metal: cities power evolutionary divergence by accelerating metabolic rate and locomotor performance. Evolutionary Applications, 14: 36-52.


Chick LD, Lessard JP, Dunn RR, and NJ Sanders. The coupled influence of thermal physiology and biotic interactions on the distribution and density of ant species along an elevational gradient. Diversity, 12 (12): 456.

Warren II, RJ, Candeias M, Lafferty A, and LD Chick. Regional-scale environmental resistance to non-native ant invasion. Biological Invasions, 22: 813-825.


Yilmaz AR*, Chick LD, Perez A*, Strickler SA, Vaughn S***, Martin RA, and SE Diamond. Remarkable insensitivity of acorn ant morphology to temperature decouples the evolution of physiological tolerance from body size under urban heat islands. Journal of Thermal Biology 85:102426.

Martin RA, Chick LD, Yilmaz A*, and SE Diamond. Evolution, not transgenerational plasticity, explains the adaptive divergence of acorn ant thermal tolerance across an urban-rural temperature cline. Evolutionary Applications.

Chick LD, Strickler SA, Perez A*, Martin RA, and SE Diamond. Urban heat islands advance the timing of reproduction in a social insect. Journal of Thermal Biology, 80: 119-125.


Diamond SE, Chick LD, Perez A*, Strickler SA, and RA Martin. Evolution of thermal tolerance and its fitness consequences: parallel and non-parallel responses to urban heat islands across three cities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285 (1885): 20180036.

Diamond SE, Chick LD, Perez A*, Strickler SA, and C Zhao***. Evolution of plasticity in the city: urban acorn ants can better tolerate more rapid increases in environmental temperature. Conservation Physiology, 6 (1): coy030;

Diamond SE and LD Chick. Thermal specialist ant species have restricted geographic ranges. Ecography, 41 (9): 1507-1509.

Diamond SE and LD Chick. The Janus of macrophysiology: stronger effects of evolutionary history, but weaker effects of climate on upper thermal limits are reversed for lower thermal limits in ants. Current Zoology, 64 (2): 223-230.


Warren II RJ, King JR, Chick L, and MA Bradford. Global change impacts on ant-mediated seed dispersal in Eastern North American forests. In: Ant-Plant Interactions: Impacts of humans on terrestrial ecosystems (pp.93-111). Eds. Oliveira, PA and S Koptur. Cambridge University Press.

Diamond SE, Chick LD, Dunn RR, Ellison AM, Sanders NJ, and NJ Gotelli. Heat tolerance predicts the importance of species interaction effects as the climate changes. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 57: 112-120. (Invited paper)

Chick LD, Perez A*, and SE Diamond. Social dimensions of physiological responses to global climate change: what we can learn from ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 25: 29-40. 

Diamond SE, Chick LD, Perez A*, Strickler SA, and RA Martin. Rapid evolution of ant thermal tolerance across an urban-rural temperature cline. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 121: 248-257.

Check out some press articles on our urban ant studies in The DailyAnthropoceneUndarkand The New York Times!

Webb AN*, Chick LD, Cobb VA, and M Klukowski. Effects of moderate food deprivation on plasma corticosterone and blood metabolites in water snakes (Nerodia sipedon)Journal of Herpetology, 51(1): 134-141.


Parr CL, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ, Weiser MD, Photakis M, Bishop TR, Fitzpatrick MC, Arnan X, Baccaro F, Brandão CRF, Chick L, Donoso, DA, Fayle TM, Gómez C, Grossman B, Munyai TC, Pacheco R, Retana J, Robinson A, Sagata K, Silva RR, Tista M, Vasconcelos H, Yates M, and H Gibb. GlobalAnts: a new database on the geography of ant traits (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Diversity and Conservation, 10(1): 5-20.

Warren II RJ, Chick LD, DeMarco B, McMillan A, De Stefano V, Gibson, R, and P Pinzone. Climate-driven range shifts prompts species replacement. Insectes Sociaux, 63(4): 593-601. 

Stanton-Geddes J, Nguyen A*, Chick L, Vincent J, Vangala M, Dunn RR, Ellison AM, Sanders NJ, Gotelli NJ, and SH Cahan. Thermal reactionomes reveal divergent responses to thermal extremes in warm and cool-climate ant speciesBMC Genomics, 17: 171.


Warren II RJ, McMillan A, King JR, Chick L, and MA Bradford. Forest invader replaces predation but not dispersal services by a keystone species. Biological Invasions, 17: 3153-3162. 


Stuble KL, Chick LD, Rodriguez-Cabal MA, Lessard JP, and NJ Sanders. Fire ants are drivers of biodiversity loss: a reply to King and Tschinkel. Ecological Entomology, 38:540-542. pdf

This publication is a reply to this article and has received further commentary in Ecological Entomology here and here


Warren II RJ and LD Chick. Upward ant distribution shift corresponds with minimum, not maximum, temperature tolerance. Global Change Biology, 19: 2082-2088. 

Kendall KD, Niemiller M, Dittrich-Reed D, Chick LD, Wilmoth L, Milt A, Burt M, Lopes N, Cantwell L, Rubio L, Allison A, and E Schussler. Departments can develop teaching identities of graduate students. CBE Life Sciences Education, 12: 316-317. 


Kendall KD, Cregger M, Pasachnik S, Chick LD, Riechert S, and E Schussler. Biology 130: Biodiversity Laboratory Manual. University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 


Camper J and LD Chick. 2010. Seasonal variation in the spatial ecology of the banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata). Herpetologica, 66(4): 464-475.

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