Katie Stuble


Research interests:

My research uses climate change manipulation to ask questions regarding how climatic warming may alter community assemblages. I use ants as a study system and examine how experimental warming in the field alters foraging behavior, interspecies interactions, and ultimately community composition. I examine factors including rates of foraging activity, resource discovery abilities, resource selection, and duirnal patterns of foraging, looking for shifts in these variables with increasing temperature.

I am also interested in how shifts in ant community composition and behavior may affect ecosystems more broadly and am studying disruption of ant-mediated seed dispersal, which could provide an indirect mechanism by which warming may alter the composition of plant communities.

I previously worked on the invasive red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in the threatened longleaf pine savanna ecosystem, examining it’s effects on both the native ant community and  ant-plant seed dispersal mutualisms.


Ph.D. 2013 (expected) University of Tennessee

M.S. 2008 University of Georgia

B.A. 2004 St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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