Research Technician and Lab Manager | Dunn Lab
I’m interested in how species adapt to their environment and how this affects inter-species interactions and evolutionary diversification, particularly in the context of anthropogenic environmental changes.
An evolutionary ecologist by training, I study how species adapt to their environment and how this affects inter-species interactions and evolutionary diversification. I’ve worked with a number of systems, including plants and invertebrates, recently focusing on the impact of climate change on ant communities.
I am particularly interested in engaging others in the process of science and sharing excitement over new knowledge and insights. Using data visualization and photography, I strive to present science in accessible and engaging ways to the general public.
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.1600842. View PDF.
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
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.
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 America. View PDF.
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.
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.
Sultan, S.E., T. Horgan-Kobelski, L.M. Nichols, C. Riggs, R. Waples. 2013. A Resurrection Study Reveals Rapid Adaptive Evolution Within Populations of an Invasive Plant. Evolutionary Applications. 6(2):266–278.
Shik, J.Z., L.M. Nichols, A. Lucky, and M.H. Hoefnagels. Ants as Model Organisms to Study Species Coexistence. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Vol. 34, 2013, p. 233-239.
Clark, J.S., D.M. Bell, M.H. Hersh, L. Nichols. 2011. Climate change vulnerability of forest biodiversity: climate and resource tracking of demographic rates. Global Change Biology 17(5): 1834-1849.