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Allwood, J.S., Fierer, N., Dunn, R.R., Breen, M., Reich, B.J., Laber, E.B., Clifton, J., Grantham, N.S. and Faith, S.A., 2020. Use of standardized bioinformatics for the analysis of fungal DNA signatures applied to sample provenance. Forensic Science International, p.110250. LINK

Reese, A.T., Madden, A.A., Joossens, M., Lacaze, G. and Dunn, R.R., 2020. Influences of Ingredients and Bakers on the Bacteria and Fungi in Sourdough Starters and Bread. mSphere5(1). LINK

McDonald, B.W., Perkins, T., Dunn, R.R., McDonald, J., Cole, H., Feranec, R.S. and Kays, R., 2020. High variability within pet foods prevents the identification of native species in pet cats’ diets using isotopic evaluation. PeerJ8, p.e8337. LINK

Simon, L.M., Pinto-Ledezma, J.N., Dunn, R.R. and Rangel, T.F., 2020. Urban warming inverse contribution on risk of dengue transmission in the southeastern North America. bioRxivLINK


Montgomery, G.A., Dunn, R.R., Fox, R., Jongejans, E., Leather, S.R., Saunders, M.E., Shortall, C.R., Tingley, M.W. and Wagner, D.L., 2019. Is the insect apocalypse upon us? How to find out. Biological Conservation, p.108327. LINK

Allwood, J.S., Fierer, N. and Dunn, R.R., 2019. The Future of Environmental DNA in Forensic Science. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Lucas, J.M., Madden, A.A., Penick, C.A., Epps, M.J., Marting, P.R., Stevens, J.L., Fergus, D.J., Dunn, R.R. and Meineke, E.K. (2019) Azteca ants maintain unique microbiomes across functionally distinct nest chambers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B286(1908), p.20191026

Dunn, R. R., Reese, A. T., & Eisenhauer, N. (2019). Biodiversity–ecosystem function relationships on bodies and in buildings. Nature ecology & evolution3(1), 7.

Frank, S. D., Backe, K. M., McDaniel, C., Green, M., Widney, S., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Exotic urban trees conserve similar natural enemy communities to native congeners but have fewer pests. PeerJ7, e6531. LINK

Beaulieu, M. R. S., Hopperstad, K., Dunn, R. R., & Reiskind, M. H. (2019). Simplification of vector communities during suburban succession. PloS one14(5), e0215485. LINK

Beasley, D. E., Fitzgerald, J. L., Fowler, A., Keleher, K., López-Uribe, M. M., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments?. Southeastern Naturalist18(2), 183-191. LINK

Grantham, N. S., Reich, B. J., Laber, E. B., Pacifici, K., Dunn, R. R., Fierer, N., … & Faith, S. A. (2019). Global forensic geolocation with deep neural networks. arXiv preprint arXiv:1905.11765.

Fitzpatrick, M. C., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Contemporary climatic analogs for 540 North American urban areas in the late 21st century. Nature communications10(1), 614.

Mathews, S. L., Epps, M. J., Blackburn, R. K., Goshe, M. B., Grunden, A. M., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Public questions spur the discovery of new bacterial species associated with lignin bioconversion of industrial waste. Royal Society Open Science6(3), 180748.

Lau, M.K., Ellison, A.M., Nguyen, A., Penick, C., DeMarco, B., Gotelli, N.J., Sanders, N.J., Dunn, R.R. and Cahan, S.H., 2019. Draft Aphaenogaster genomes expand our view of ant genome size variation across climate gradients. PeerJ7, p.e6447.


Schuttler, S.G., Sears, R.S., Orendain, I., Khot, R., Rubenstein, D., Rubenstein, N., Dunn, R.R., Baird, E., Kandros, K., O’brien, T. and Kays, R., 2018. Citizen Science in Schools: Students Collect Valuable Mammal Data for Science, Conservation, and Community Engagement. BioScience69(1), pp.69-79.

Thoemmes, M.S., Stewart, F.A., Hernandez-Aguilar, R.A., Bertone, M.A., Baltzegar, D.A., Borski, R.J., Cohen, N., Coyle, K.P., Piel, A.K. and Dunn, R.R., 2018. Ecology of sleeping: the microbial and arthropod associates of chimpanzee beds. Royal Society open science5(5), p.180382.

Dunn, R. R., Duggan, G., Smith A. A. Ants, art, and science. SciArt Magazine Feb. 2018. Online:  [Reprinted in May-June 2018 issue of American Scientist]

Beasley, D.E., Penick, C.A., Boateng, N.S.*, Menninger, H.L. and Dunn, R.R. (2018). Urbanization disrupts latitude-size rule in 17-year cicadas. Ecol. Evol. 00: 1 – 8

Gebert, M.J., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Oliverio, A.M., Webster, T.M., Nichols, L.M., Honda, J.R., Chan, E.D., Adjemian, J., Dunn, R.R. and Fierer, N., 2018. Ecological analyses of mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms and their relevance to human health. Mbio9(5), pp.e01614-18.

Just, M.G., Nichols, L.M. and Dunn, R.R., 2019. Human indoor climate preferences approximate specific geographies. Royal Society Open Science6(3), p.180695.

Gebert MJ, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Oliverio AM, Webster TM, Nichols LM, Honda JR, Chan ED, Adjemian J, Dunn RR, Fierer N. (2018)  Ecological analyses of mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms and their relevance to human health. Mbio.  9(5):e01614-18.

Ryan SF, Adamson NL, Aktipis A, Andersen LK, Austin R, Barnes L, Beasley MR, Bedell KD, Briggs S, Chapman B, Cooper CB, Corn JO, Creamer NG, Delborne JA,  Domenico P,  Driscoll E, Goodwin J, Hjarding A, Hulbert JM, Isard S, Just MG, Kar Gupta K, López-Uribe MM, O’Sullivan J, Landis EA,  Madden AA, McKenney EA, Nichols LM, Reading BJ, Russell S, Sengupta N, Shapiro LR, Shell LK, Sheard JK, Shoemaker DD, Sorger DM, Starling C, Thakur S, Vatsavai RR, Weinstein M, Winfrey P, Dunn RR. (2018) The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research. Proc. R. Soc. B. 285(1891):20181977.

Madden AA, Epps MJ, Fukami T, Irwin RE, Sheppard J, Sorger DM, Dunn RR. 2018 The ecology of insect – yeast relationships and its relevance to human industry. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172733.

McKenney, E.A., Koelle, K., Dunn, R.R. and Yoder, A.D. (2018), The Ecosystem Services of Animal Microbiomes. Molecular Ecology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/mec.14532


Leong, M, M.A. Bertone, A.M. Savage, K.M. Bayless, R.R. Dunn, M.D. Trautwein. 2017. The Habitats Humans Provide: Factors affecting the diversity and composition of arthropods in houses. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 15347. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15584-2

Schuttler, S.G., D. Glenn, J. Hohm, D. Pasion, C. Belair, D. Humphries, R. Dunn, R. Kays. September 2017. What’s in your school yard? Using citizen science wildlife cameras to conduct authentic scientific investigations in the classroom. Science Scope 41: 63-71.

Penick CA, Diamond SE, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR (2017) Beyond thermal limits: Comprehensive metrics of performance identify key axes of thermal adaptation in ants. Functional Ecology 31: 1091-1100.

Diamond SE, Chick L, Penick CA, Nichols LM, Cahan SH, Dunn RR, Ellison AM, Sanders NJ, Gotelli NJ. (2017) Heat tolerance predicts the importance of species interaction effects as the climate changes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:112-120.

MacLean, H.J., Penick, C.A., Dunn, R.R., Diamond, S.E. (2017) Experimental winter warming modifies thermal performance and primes acorn ants for warm weather. Journal of Insect Physiology. 100: 77-81.

Craine, J.M., Barberán, A., Lynch, R.C., Menninger, H.L., Dunn, R.R., Fierer N. (2017) Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States. Aerobiologia. 33: 71. doi:10.1007/s10453-016-9451-5 View PDF


Dunn, R.R. (2016) The Evolution of Human Skin and the Thousands of Species It Sustains, with Ten Hypothesis of Relevance to Doctors. In Personalized, Evolutionary, and Ecological Dermatology (pp 57-66). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. View PDF.

Bertone MA, Leong M, Bayless KM, Malow TLF, Dunn RR, Trautwein MD. (2016) Arthropods of the great indoors: characterizing diversity inside urban and suburban homesPeerJ 4:e1582 PDF.

Council SE, Savage AM, Urban JM, Ehlers ME, Skene JHP, Platt ML, Dunn RR, Horvath JE. (2016) Diversity and evolution of the primate skin microbiomeProc. R. Soc. B 283: 20152586. View PDF.

Craine, J.M., Barberán, A., Lynch, R.C., Menninger, H.L., Dunn, R.R., and Fierer, N. (2016). Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States. Aerobiologia 1–16. doi:10.1007/s10453-016-9451-5View PDF.

Diamond, S.E., Nichols, L.M., Pelini, S.L., Penick, C.A., Barber, G.W., Cahan, S.H., Dunn, R.R., Ellison, A.M., Sanders, N.J., and Gotelli, N.J. (2016). Climatic warming destabilizes forest ant communities. Science Advances 2(10). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600842View PDF.

Dunn, R.R. (2016). The Evolution of Human Skin and the Thousands of Species It Sustains, with Ten Hypothesis of Relevance to Doctors. In Personalized, Evolutionary, and Ecological Dermatology, (Springer), pp. 57–66.

Miller, E.A., Beasley, D.E., Dunn, R.R. and Archie, E.A. (2016). Lactobacilli dominance and vaginal pH: Why is the human vaginal microbiome unique? Front. Microbiol. 7. doi: 10.3389%2Ffmicb.2016.01936.

Dunn, R.R., and Beasley, D.E. (2016). Democratizing evolutionary biology, lessons from insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 18, 89–92. PDF.

Dunn, R.R., Nunn, C.L., and Horvath, J.E. (2016). The Global Synanthrome Project: A Call for an Exhaustive Study of Human Associates. Trends in Parasitology PDF.

Dunn, R.R., Urban, J., Cavelier, D., and Cooper, C.B. (2016). The Tragedy of the Unexamined Cat: Why K–12 and University Education Are Still in the Dark Ages and How Citizen Science Allows for a Renaissance. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 17, 4. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1049View PDF.

Halse-Gramkow, M., Ernst, M., Rønsted, N., Dunn, R.R., and Saslis-Lagoudakis, C.H. (2016). Using evolutionary tools to search for novel psychoactive plants. Plant Genetic Resources 1, 10.

Karlik, J., Epps, M.J., Dunn, R.R., and Penick, C.A. (2016). Life Inside an Acorn: How Microclimate and Microbes Influence Nest Organization in Temnothorax Ants. Ethology 122, 790–797. doi:10.1111/eth.12525View PDF.

Leong, M., Bertone, M.A., Bayless, K.M., Dunn, R.R., and Trautwein, M.D. (2016). Exoskeletons and economics: indoor arthropod diversity increases in affluent neighbourhoods. Biology Letters 12, 20160322. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0322View PDF.

Marchin, R.M., Broadhead, A.A., Bostic, L.E., Dunn, R.R., and Hoffmann, W.A. (2016). Stomatal acclimation to vapour pressure deficit doubles transpiration of small tree seedlings with warming. Plant, Cell & Environment 39, 2221–2234. doi: 10.1111/pce.12790View PDF.

McKenney, E., Flythe, T., Millis, C., Stalls, J., Urban, J. M., Dunn, R. R., & Stevens, J. L. (2016). Symbiosis in the Soil: Citizen Microbiology in Middle and High School Classrooms. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 17(1), 60–62. PDF.

Meineke, E., Youngsteadt, E., Dunn, R.R., and Frank, S.D. (2016). Urban warming reduces aboveground carbon storage. In Proc. R. Soc. B, (The Royal Society), p. 1574. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1574View PDF.

Penick, C.A., Crofton, C.A., Appler, R.H., Frank, S.D., Dunn, R.R., and Tarpy, D.R. (2016). The contribution of human foods to honey bee diets in a mid-sized metropolis. Journal of Urban Ecology 2(1). DOI: 10.1093/jue/juw001View PDF.

Savage AM, Hills J, Driscoll K, Fergus DJ, Grunden AM, Dunn RR. (2016) Microbial diversity of extreme habitats in human homes. PeerJ 4:e2376 PDF.

Stanton-Geddes, J., Nguyen, A., Chick, L., Vincent, J., Vangala, M., Dunn, R. R., … Cahan, S. H. (2016). Thermal reactionomes reveal divergent responses to thermal extremes in warm and cool-climate ant species. BMC Genomics, 17, 171. PDF.

Tripp, E.A., Lendemer, J.C., Barberán, A., Dunn, R.R., and Fierer, N. (2016). Biodiversity gradients in obligate symbiotic organisms: exploring the diversity and traits of lichen propagules across the United States. Journal of Biogeography, 43: 1667–1678. doi:10.1111/jbi.12746View PDF.

Vitone, T., Stofer, K. A., Steininger, M.S., Hulcr, J., Dunn, R. and Lucky, A. (2016). ‘School of Ants goes to college: integrating citizen science into the general education classroom increases engagement with science’. JCOM 15 (01), A03. View PDF.

Youngsteadt, E., Ernst, A.F., Dunn, R.R., and Frank, S.D. (2016). Responses of arthropod populations to warming depend on latitude: evidence from urban heat islands. Global Change Biologydoi:10.1111/gcb.13550View PDF.

Madden, A.A., Barberan, A., Bertone M.A., Menninger H.L, Dunn, R.R., and N. Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. (**Cover**). doi: 10.1111/mec.13900View PDF.

López-Uribe MM, Cane JH, Minckley RL, Danforth BN. 2016 Crop domestication facilitated rapid geographical expansion of a specialist pollinator, the squash bee Peponapis pruinosaProc. R. Soc. B 283: 20160443. PDF.

López-Uribe MM, Sconiers WB, Frank SD, Dunn RR, Tarpy DR. (2016) Reduced cellular immune response in social insect lineagesBiol. Lett. 12: 20150984. PDF.

Urban J, Fergus DJ, Savage AM, Ehlers M, Menninger HL, Dunn RR, Horvath JE. (2016) The effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiomePeerJ 4:e1605


Palopoli M, Fergus DJ, Minot S, Pei D, Simison B, Fernandez-Silva I, Thoemmes MS, Dunn RR, & Trautwein M (2015) Global divergence of the human follicle mite Demodex folliculorum: Persistent associations between host ancestry and mite lineagesPNAS 112(52): 15958–15963.

D Magdalena Sorger 2015. Snap! Trap-jaw ants in Borneo also jump using their legs. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 574–575.

Barberán A, Dunn RR, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber EB, Menninger HL, Morton JM, Henley JB, Leff JW, Miller SL, Fierer N (2015) The Ecology of Microscopic Life in Household DustProc. R. Soc. B 282 20151139; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1139. View PDF.

Beasley DE, Koltz AM, Lambert JE, Fierer N, Dunn RR (2015) The Evolution of Stomach Acidity and Its Relevance to the Human MicrobiomePLoS ONE 10(7): e0134116. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134116

Epps MJ, Allison SE, and Wolfe LM (2015) Reproduction in Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum, Ericaceae): A Rare Case of Insect Wing PollinationThe American Naturalist. 186(2).

Penick C and Smith A. (2015) The True Odor of the Odorous House AntAmerican Entomologist 61(2): 85-87.

Barberan A, Ladau J, Leff JW, Pollard KS, Menninger HL, Dunn RR, and Fierer N. (2015) Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungiPNAS 112(18): 5756–5761.

Grantham NS, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber EB, Menninger HL, Henley JB Barberán A, Leff JW, Fierer N, and RR Dunn. (2015) Fungi Identify the Geographic Origin of Dust SamplesPLoS ONE 10(4): e0122605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122605

Penick CA, Savage AM, and RR Dunn. 2015. Stable isotopes reveal links between human food inputs and urban ant dietsProc. R. Soc. B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2608.

NESCent Working Group on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, Laura J. Martin, ,Rachel I. Adams, Ashley Bateman, Holly M. Bik, John Hawks, Sarah M. Hird, David Hughes, Steven W. Kembel, Kerry Kinney, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Gabriel Levy, Craig McClain, James F. Meadow, Raul F. Medina, Gwynne Mhuireach, Corrie S. Moreau, Jason Munshi-South, Lauren M. Nichols, Clare Palmer, Laura Popova, Coby Schal, Martin Täubel,Michelle Trautwein, Juan A. Ugalde, Robert R. Dunn (2015) Evolution of the indoor biome. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.001. View PDF

Flores, G.E., Caporaso, J.G., Henley, J.B., Rideout, J.R., Domogala, D., Chase, J., Leff, J.W., Vázquez-Baeza, Y., Gonzalez, A., Knight, R., Dunn, R.R., Fierer, N. 2015. Temporal variability is a personalized feature of the human microbiome. Genome biology 15 (12), 531 View PDF.


Youngsteadt, E., Henderson, R. C., Savage, A. M., Ernst, A. F., Dunn, R. R. and Frank, S. D. (2014), Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12791. View PDF.

Just MG*, Norton JF*, Traud AL*, Antonelli T*, Poteate AS*, Backus GA*, Snyder-Beattie A*, Sanders RW, and RR Dunn 2014. Global biogeographic regions in a human-dominated world: the case of human diseases. Ecosphere 5:art143. View PDF.

Meineke, E. K., Dunn, R. R., Frank, S. D. (2014) Early pest development and loss of biological control are associated with urban warming. Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0586. View PDF.

Savage, A. M., Hackett, B.**, Guénard, B., Youngsteadt, E. K., Dunn, R. R. (2014). Fine-scale heterogeneity across Manhattan’s urban habitat mosaic is associated with variation in ant composition and richness. Insect Conservation and Diversity. doi: 10.1111/icad.12098. View PDF.

Verdolin JL, Traud AL*, Dunn RR (2014). Key players and hierarchical organization of prairie dog social networks. Ecological Complexity 19, 140-147. View PDF.

Epps MJ, Menninger HL, LaSala N, Dunn RR. (2014). Too big to be noticed: cryptic invasion of Asian camel crickets in North American housesPeerJ 2:e523.

Thoemmes, MS*, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn RR (2014). Ubiquity and diversity of human-associated Demodex mitesPLoS ONE 9(8): e106265.

Youngsteadt, E., Dale, A. G.*, Terando, A. J., Dunn, R. R. and Frank, S. D. (2014). Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12692. View PDF.

Guenard, B.*, Cardinal-De Casas**, A, Dunn, RR (2014). High diversity in an urban habitat: are some animal assemblages resilient to long-term anthropogenic change? Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-014-0406-8. View PDF.

Terando AJ, Costanza J, Belyea C, Dunn RR, McKerrow A, et al. (2014) The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.SPLoS ONE 9(7): e102261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102261.

Lucky, A., Savage, A.M. (co-first author), Nichols, L.M., Castracani, C., Shell, L., Grasso, D.A., Mori, A. and Dunn R.R. (2014). Ecologists, educators and writers collaborate with the public to assess backyard diversity in The School of Ants Project. Ecosphere 5(7). View PDF.

Bewick, S., Stuble, K.L.*, Lessard, J. P., Dunn RR, Adler, F. R., Sanders, N. J. (2014). Predicting future coexistence in a North American ant community. Ecology and Evolution 4 (10), 1804-1819. View PDF.

Cregger MA*, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR, and Classen AT (2014). Microbial communities respond to experimental warming, but site mattersPeerJ 2:e358.

Harris, NC, Livieri, TM, Dunn RR (2014). Ectoparasites in black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) from the largest reintroduced population of the Conata Basin, South Dakota. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50 (2), 340-343.

Miravete, V., Roura-Pascual, N., Dunn, R. R., & Gomez, C. (2014). How many and which ant species are being accidentally moved around the world?. Biology Letters, 10(8). View PDF.

Pelini, S.L., S.E. Diamond, L.M. Nichols, K.L. Stuble, A.M. Ellison, N.J. Sanders, R.R. Dunn, N.J. Gotelli. 2014. Geographic differences in effects of experimental warming on ant species diversity and community composition. Ecological Society of AmericaView PDF.

Diamond SE, Cayton H, Wepprich T*, Jenkins CN, Dunn RR, Haddad NM, and Ries L (2014). Unexpected phenological responses of butterflies to the interaction of urbanization and geographic temperature. Ecology. 95:2613–2621. View PDF.

Stuble KL*, Patterson CM**, Rodriguez-Cabal MA*, Ribbons RR*, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2014). Ant-mediated seed dispersal is resistant to extreme experimental warmingPeerJ 2, e286.

Resasco J*, Pelini SL, Stuble KL*, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR, Ellison AM, Gotelli NJ, Levey DJ (2014). Using historical and experimental data to reveal warming effects on ant assemblagesPLoS One 9:e88029.

Burt MA*, Nichols LM, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2014). Interactions in a warmer world: effects of experimental warming, conspecific density, and herbivory on seedling dynamics. Ecosphere 5:9. View PDF.

Menke, SB, Harte, J, Dunn RR (2014). Changes in ant community composition caused by 20 years of experimental warming vs. 13 years of natural climate shift. Ecosphere. 5:1. View PDF.


Fitzpatrick MC, Sanders NJ, Normand S, Christian J-C, Ferrier S, Gove AD, Dunn RR (2013). Environmental and historical imprints on beta diversity: insights from variation in rates of species turnover along gradients. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London (B) 280: 1768. View PDF.

Gavin MC, Botero CA, Bowern C, Colwell RK, Dunn M, Dunn RR et al. (2013). Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Linguistic Diversity. BioScience 63: 524-535. View PDF.

Diamond, S. E., C. Penick, S. L. Pelini, A. M. Ellison, N. J. Gotelli, N. J. Sanders, and Dunn RR. (2013). Using physiology to predict the responses of ants to climatic warming. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53:965-974. View PDF.

Stuble KL*, Pelini SL, Diamond SE, Fowler DA**, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2013). Foraging by forest ants under experimental climatic warming: a test at two sites. Ecology and Evolution 3:482-491. View PDF.

Harris NC, Coonan TJ, King JL, Dunn RR (2013). Endemism in host–parasite Interactions among island populations of an endangered species. Diversity and Distributions 19(4): 377-385. View PDF.

Stuble KL, Rodriguez-Cabal MA, McCormick GL, Jurić I, Dunn RR, et al. (2013). Tradeoffs, competition, and coexistence in eastern deciduous forest ant communities. Oecologia 171: 981-992. View PDF.
Dunn RR, Fierer N, Henley JB, Leff JW, Menninger HL (2013). Home Life: Factors Structuring the Bacterial Diversity Found within and between HomesPloS ONE 8: e64133.

Meineke EK*, Dunn RR, Sexton JO, Frank SD (2013). Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street TreesPloS ONE 8: e59687.

Jenkins CN, Guénard B, Diamond SE, Weiser MD, Dunn RR (2013). Conservation implications of divergent global patterns of ant and vertebrate diversity. Diversity and Distributions 19(8): 1084-1092. View PDF.

Lucky, A., Trautwein, MD, Guenard, BS, Weiser, MD, Dunn RR (2013). Tracing the rise of ants-out of the groundPloS ONE 8 (12), e84012.

Harris, NC, Dunn RR (2013). Species loss on spatial patterns and composition of zoonotic parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280 (1771), 20131847. View PDF.


Colwell, R.K., Dunn RR and N.C. Harris * (2012). Coextinction and persistence of dependent species in a changing world. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 43:183-203 (invited) *Authors listed in alphabetical order with equal contribution. View PDF.

Canner JE*, Dunn RR, Giladi I, Gross K (2012) Redispersal of seeds by a keystone ant augments the spread of common wildflowers. Acta Oecologica 40: 31-39. View PDF.

Costanza, J. K., Hulcr J., Koch, F. H., Earnhardt, T., McKerrow, A. J., Dunn RR, Collazo, J. A. (2012) Simulating the effects of the southern pine beetle on regional dynamics 60 years into the future. Ecological Modeling 244: 94-103. View PDF.

Diamond SE, Nichols LM, McCoy N, Hirsch C**, Pelini SL, Dunn RR (2012) A physiological trait-based approach to predicting the responses of species to experimental climate warming. Ecology 93: 2305-2312. View PDF.

Diamond, S. E., D. M. Sorger*, J. Hulcr, S. L. Pelini, I. Del Toro*, C. Hirsch**, E. Oberg, and Dunn RR. 2012. Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants. Global Change Biology 18:448-456. View PDF.

Pelini SL, Diamond SE, MacLean H*, Ellison AM, Gotelli NJ, Dunn RR (2012) Common garden experiments reveal uncommon responses across temperatures, locations, and species of ants. Ecology and Evolution 2: 3009-3015. View PDF.

Rodriguez-Cabal MA*, Stuble KL*, Guénard B, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. (2012) Disruption of ant-seed dispersal mutualisms by the invasive Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis). Biological Invasions 14(3): 557-565. View PDF.

Dunn RR, Fitzpatrick MC (2012) Every Species Is an Insect (or Nearly So): On Insects, Climate Change, Extinction, and the Biological Unknown. Saving a Million Species: Island Press/Center for Resource Economics. pp. 217-237.

Patrick M*, Fowler** D, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2012) Effects of treefall gap disturbances on ant assemblages in a Tropical Montane cloud forest. Biotropica 44: 472-478. View PDF.

McGlynn TP, Diamond SE, Dunn RR (2012) Tradeoffs in the Evolution of Caste and Body Size in the Hyperdiverse Ant Genus PheidolePloS ONE 7: e48202.

Guénard B, Dunn RR (2012) A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.

Guénard B, McCaffrey KA, Lucky A, Dunn RR (2012) Ants of North Carolina: an updated list (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3552: 1-36.

Guénard B, Weiser MD, Dunn RR (2012) Global models of ant diversity suggest regions where new discoveries are most likely are under disproportionate deforestation threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 7368-7373. View PDF.

Hulcr, J., Latimer, A. M., Henley, J. B., Rountree, N. R.**, Fierer, N., Lucky, A., Lowman, M. D., Dunn RR 2012. A jungle in there: bacteria in belly buttons are highly diverse, but predictablePLoS ONE 7(11): e47712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047712

Dunn RR, Fitzpatrick MC (2012) Every Species is an Insect (or Nearly So): On insects, climate change, extinction and the biological unknown. Invited chapter in Hannah L (ed) Extinction Risk from Climate Change. Island Press, 217-237.

Hulcr, J., Rountree, N. R.**, Diamond, S. E., Stelinski, L. L., Fierer, N., Dunn RR 2012. Mycangia of ambrosia beetles host communities of bacteria. Microbial Ecology 64(3) 784-793. View PDF.


Dunn, R. R., Hulcr, J. 2011. The sudden emergence of pathogenicity in insect-fungus symbioses threatens naive forest ecosystems. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 278: 2866-2873.

Jenkins, C. + 22 authors, Dunn, R. R. 2011. Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions. 17: 652-662.

Machac, A., Janda, M., Dunn, R. R., and N. J. Sanders. 2011. Elevational gradients in phylogenetic structure of ant communities reveal the interplay of biotic and abiotic constraints on diversity. Ecography. 34: 364-371.

Menke, S. B., Guenard, B., Sexton, J., Silverman, J. and Dunn, R. R. 2011. Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems 14: 135-163.

Pelini, S. L., Boudreau, M., McCoy, N., Ellison, A. M., Gotelli, N. J., Sanders, N. J., Dunn, R. R. 2011. Effects of short-term warming on low and high latitude forest ant communities. Ecosphere 2: art62.

Pelini, S. L., Bowles, F. P., Ellison, A. M., Gotelli, N. J., Sanders, N. J., Dunn, R. R. 2011. Heating up the forest: open-top chamber warming manipulation of arthropod communities at Harvard and Duke Forests. Methods in Ecology and Evolution : doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00100.

Fitzpatrick MC, Sanders NJ, Ferrier S, Longino JT, Weiser MD, Dunn RR (2011) Forecasting the future of biodiversity: a test of single- and multi-species models for ants in North America. Ecography, 34: 836–847.

Zelikova TJ, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR (2011) The mixed effects of experimental ant removal on seedling distribution, belowground invertebrates, and soil nutrients. Ecosphere 2(5): 63.

Gotelli, Nicholas J., Aaron M. Ellison, Robert R. Dunn, and Nathan J. Sanders. 2011. Counting ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Biodiversity sampling and statistical analysis for myrmecologists. Myrmecological News 15: 13-19. View PDF.


Lengyel S., Gove A.D., Latimer A.M., Majer J.D., and Dunn R.R. 2010. Convergent evolution of seed dispersal by ants, and phylogeny and biogeography in flowering plants: A global survey. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 12 (1), pp. 43-55.

Dunn, R. R. 2010. Mapping of Ecosystem Disservices: The Unspoken Reality that Nature Sometimes Kills Us. Biotropica 42.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00698.

Dunn, R. R., Davies, T. J., Harris, N. C., and M. C. Gavin. 2010. Global drivers of human pathogen richness and prevalence. Proc. R. Soc. B DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0340

McGlynn, T., M. D. Weiser, and R. R. Dunn. 2010. More individuals but fewer species: testing the ‘more individuals hypothesis’ in a diverse tropical faunaBiology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0103

Weiser, M. D., Sanders, N. J., Agosti, D., Andersen, A. N., Ellison, A. M., Fisher, B. L., Gibb, H., Gotelli, Gove, A. D., Gross, K., Guenard, B., Janda, M., Kaspari, M., Lessard, J. P., Longino, J. T., Majer, J. D., Menke, S. B., McGlynn, T. P., Parr, C. L., Philpott, S. M., Retana, J., Suarez, A. V., Vansconcelos, H. L., Yanoviak, S. P. and R. R. Dunn. 2010. Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate–species density relationshipsBiology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0151

Pećarević M, Danoff-Burg J, Dunn RR, (2010). Biodiversity on Broadway – Enigmatic Diversity of the Societies of Ants (Formicidae) on the Streets of New York CityPLoS ONE 5(10): e13222. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013222

Menke, SB, Guénard B, Sexton JO, Weiser MD, Dunn RR, Silverman J (2010). Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems.

Guénard, B and Dunn RR (2010) A new (old), invasive ant in the hardwood forests of Eastern North America and its potentially widespread impactsPLoS ONE.

Menke SB, Booth W, Dunn RR, Schal C, Vargo EL, et al. (2010) Is it easy to be urban? Convergent success in urban habitats among lineages of a widespread native antPLoS ONE 5(2): e9194. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009194


Dunn, RR (2009). If co-extinctions are common, why are so many species specialists? In Holocene Extinctions. Edited by Samuel Turvey (Invited).Oxford University Press.

R.R. Dunn, N.J. Sanders, B. Guénard and M.D. Weiser. 2009. Geographic gradients in the diversity, abundance, size, and ecological consequences of ants. Ant Ecology, L. Lach C. Parr and K. Abbot, editors (Invited). Oxford University Press.

Sanders NJ, Dunn RR, et al. 2009. A diversity of elevational diversity gradients. In Data mining for global trends in mountain biodiversity, Edited by Körner C and Spehn E (Invited).

Dunn RR, Harris NC, Colwell RK, Koh LP, Sodhi, NS (2009) The sixth mass (co)-extinction–are most endangered species parasites and mutualistsProceedings of the Royal Society of London B.

Dunn, R.R., N.J. Sanders, S.B. Menke, M.D. Weiser, M.C. Fitzpatrick, E. Laurent, J.-P. Lessard, D. Agosti, A. Andersen, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A. Ellison, B. Fisher, H. Gibb, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, B. Guénard, M. Janda, M. Kaspari, J.T. Longino, J. Majer, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C. Parr, S. Philpott, M. Pfeiffer, J. Retana, A. Suarez, H. Vasconcelos. 2009. Climatic Drivers of Hemispheric Asymmetry in Global Patterns of Ant Species Richness. Ecology Letters. 12: 324–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01291.x.

Lessard J-P*, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ. 2009. Spatial variation in the abiotic environment mediates local interactions and shapes ground-dwelling ant assemblages. Insectes Sociaux 56(2): 149-156.

Lengyel S, Gove AD, Latimer AM, Majer JD & Dunn RR. 2009. Ants sow the seeds of global diversification in flowering plantsPloS ONE 4(5): e5480.

Gotelli, N + 15 authors including Dunn RR. 2009. Patterns and causes of species richness: a general simulation model for macroecology. Ecology Letters. 12 (9) 873-886.

Gove, AD, Fitzpatrick, MD, Majer, JD, Dunn RR. 2009. Dispersal traits linked to range size through range location, not dispersal ability, in Western Australian angiosperms. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 18(5): 596-606.


Gove AD, Dunn RR, Majer JD 2008. The importance of species range attributes and reserve configuration for the conservation of angiosperm diversity in Western Australia. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 817-831.

Zelikova TJ*, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2008) Variation in seed dispersal by ants along an elevational gradient in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Acta Oecologica 34: 155–162.

Fitzpatrick MC*, Gove AD, Sanders NJ, Dunn RR (2008) Climate change, plant migration, and range collapse in a global biodiversity hotspot: The Banksia (Proteaceae) of Western Australia. Global Change Biology 14: 1337-1352.

Fitzpatrick MC*, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2008) Datasets matter, but so do evolution and ecology: A response to Peterson and Nakazawa. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 562-565.


Lessard J-P**, Dunn RR, Sanders NJ (2007) Rarity and diversity in ant assemblages in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Southeastern Naturalist (Invited) 6:215-228.

McGlynn, T.P., R.R. Dunn, D.J. Salinas, T.E. Wood, D. Lawrence, and D.A. Clark. 2007. Phosphorus limits tropical rainforest litter fauna. Biotropica: 39: 50-53.

Dunn, R. R., McCain, C. M. and Sanders, N. J. (2007), When does diversity fit null model predictions? Scale and range size mediate the mid-domain effect. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16: 305–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2006.00284.x

Dunn, RR, Gove, A, Barraclough, TG, Givnish, TJ, Majer, JD (2007) Convergent evolution of an ant-plant mutualism across plant families, continents and time. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 9: 1349–1362.

Gove, A, Majer, JD, Dunn, RR (2007) A keystone ant species promotes seed dispersal in a “diffuse” mutualism. Oecologia 3:687-697.

Dunn RR, et al. (22 co-authors) (2007) Global ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) biodiversity and biogeography – a new database and its possibilities. Myrmecological News 10: 77-83.

Geraghty MJ**, Dunn, RR, Sanders NJ (2007) Body size, colony size, and range size in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): are patterns along elevational and latitudinal gradients consistent with Bergmann’s Rule? Myrmecological News 10: 51-58.

Dunn RR, Parker C, Sanders NJ (2007) Null models and temporal patterns of diversity: assessing the biotic and abiotic controls on ant community structure. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 91: 191-201.

Sanders NJ, Lessard J-P**, Fitzpatrick, MC*, Dunn RR (2007) Temperature, but not productivity or geometry, predicts elevational diversity gradients in ants across spatial grains. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01714.x

Sanders NJ, Crutsinger GM*, Dunn RR, Majer JD, Delabie JHC (2007) An ant mosaic revisited: dominant ant species disassemble arboreal ant communities but co-occur randomly. Biotropica 39: 422-427.

Dunn RR, Parker C, Geraghty M**Sanders NJ (2007) Reproductive phenologies in a diverse temperature ant fauna. Ecological Entomology 32: 135-142.

Dunn, R.R., Danoff-Burg, J (2007) Road size and Carrion Beetle Assemblages in a New York Forest. Journal of Insect Conservation. 11(4): 325-332.

Fitzpatrick MC*, Weltzin JF, Sanders NJ, Dunn, RR (2007) The biogeography of prediction error: Why doesn’t the introduced range of the fire ant predict its native range or vice versa? Global Ecology and Biogeography 16: 24-33.


Gove, A. D., 2006. Do isolated trees encourage arboreal ant foraging at ground level? Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment. 113: 272-276.

Gove, A.D., Majer, J.D. and Rico-Gray, V. 2005. Methods for conservation outside of formal reserve systems: the case of ants in the seasonally dry tropics of Veracruz, Mexico. Biological Conservation. 126: 328-338.

Cancela, M.C., R. R. Dunn, E. van Etten and B. Lamont. 2006. Long-distance dispersal of “ant-dispersed” seeds by Emus in Western Australia. Ecography. 29: 632-640.

Dunn, R. R., Gavin, M., Sanchez, M. and J. Solomon. 2006. The Pigeon Paradox: Dependence of Global Conservation on Urban Nature. Conservation Biology, 20: 1814–1816. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00533.x

S. R. Turner, B. Pearce*, D. Rokich, R. R. Dunn, D. J. Merritt, K. W. Dixon and J. D.Majer. 2006. Broadcast seeding in post-mining restoration. Restoration Ecology, 14 (2) 267-277.

Dunn, R. R., Gove, A. & Majer, J. 2006. Seed dispersal mutualisms with ants and patterns of plant diversity in western Australia. (In: eds Vilela, E. F., Santos, I. A., Schoereder, J. H. Campos, L. A. O. & Serrão, J. E.). Fronteiras do conhecimento em Insetos Socais. Editora Universidade Federal de Viçosa, MG. 178 p. 2006.

Kluge, J., Kessler, M., & Dunn, R. R. 2006. What drives elevational patterns of diversity? A test of geometric constraints, climate, and species pool effects for pteridophytes on an elevational gradient in Costa Rica. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 15: 358-371.

Dunn, R.R., R.K. Colwell, and C. Nilsson. 2006. The River Domain: Why are there so many species half way up the river? Ecography. 29 (2), 251-259.

Dunn, R.R. (2006) Review of “A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines: The Growing Threat of Species Invasions.” Biological Invasions. 8(2):393-394.


Dunn, R.R., and T. Romdal. 2005. The effects of local forest conversion on mean geographic range size of Neotropical bird assemblages. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 14 (4): 359-366.

N.S. Sodhi, T.M. Lee*, L.P. Koh* and R.R. Dunn. 2005. A century of avifaunal losses from a small tropical rainforest fragment. Animal Conservation. 8: 217-222.

Dunn, R.R. 2005. Insect extinctions, the neglected majority. Conservation Biology. 19 (4): 1030-1036.

Koh, L.P., R.R. Dunn (Joint First Author), N.S. Sodhi, R.K. Colwell, H.C. Proctor, & V.S. Smith. 2004. Species co-extinctions and the biodiversity crisis. Science 305: 1632-1634.

Dunn, R.R. 2004. Managing the tropical landscape: a comparison of the effects of logging and forest conversion to agriculture on ants, birds, and Lepidoptera. Forest Ecology and Management 191: 215-224.

Dunn, R.R. (2004) Recovery of faunal communities during tropical forest regeneration. Conservation Biology. 18: 302-309.

Dunn, RR (2004) Las Hormigas de Pampa Grande. In “Historia Natural de Pampa Grande , Bolivia.”

Dunn, RR (2000) Isolated trees as centers of ant diversity in active and fallow fields. Biological Conservation. 95: 317-321.

Dunn, RR (2000) Bromeliads in successional forests and forest remnant trees in a tropical montane forest, Las Palmeras, Ecuador. Selbyana. 21: 137-143.