Benjamin Adams

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Postdoctoral Scientist
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Current Research

Insect community ecology


Ph.D., Biology, University of Louisville, U.S.A., 2018
M.S., Entomology, Louisiana State University, U.S.A., 2012
B.S., Biology, Louisiana State University, U.S.A., 2010


Adams B., E. Li, C. Bahlai, E. Meineke, T. McGlynn, and B. Brown. (2020) “Local and landscape scale variables shape insect diversity in an urban biodiversity hotspot.” Ecological Applications 30: e02089. doi: 10.1002/eap.2089

Schultz A., B. Adams, K. Bell, W. Ludt, G. Pauly, and J. Vendetti. (2020) “Natural history collections are critical resources for contemporary and future studies of urban evolution.” Evolutionary Applications. doi: 10.1111/eva.13045

Chen X., B. Adams, W. Plat, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2020) “Effects of a tropical cyclone on marsh insect communities and post-cyclone reassembly processes.” Ecography. 43: 834-847. doi: 10.1111/ecog.04932

Adams B., E. Gora, M. van Breugel, S. Estrada-Villegas, J. Hall, S. Schnitzer, and S. Yanoviak. (2019) “Do lianas shape ant communities in an early successional tropical forest?” Biotropica 51: 885-893. doi: 0.1111/btp.12709

McGlynn T., E. Meineke, C. Bahlai, E. Li, E. Hartop, B. Adams, and B. Brown. (2019) “Temperature accounts for the biodiversity of a hyperdiverse group of insects in urban Los Angeles.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286: 20191818. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019-1818

Adams B., S. Schnitzer, and S. Yanoviak. (2019) “Connectivity explains local ant community structure in a Neotropical forest canopy: a large-scale experimental approach.” Ecology 100: e02673. doi: 10.1002/ecy.2673

Adams B., S. Schnitzer, and S. Yanoviak S. (2017) “Trees as islands: canopy ant species richness increases with the size of liana-free trees in a Neotropical forest.” Ecography 40: 1067-1075. doi: 10.1111/ecog.02608

Chen X., B. Adams, M. Layne, C. Swarzenski, D. Norris, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2017) “Effects of isolation on ant assemblages depend on microhabitat.” Ecosphere 12: e02049. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.2049

Spicer M., A. Stark, B. Adams, R. Kneale, and S. Yanoviak. (2017) “Thermal constraints on foraging of tropical canopy ants.” Oecologia 183: 1007-1017. doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3825-4

Adams B., X. Chen, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2017) “A comparison of two insect collection techniques in oiled and non-oiled Spartina alternaflora salt marshes in Louisiana.” Florida Entomologist 100: 366-371. doi: 10.1653/024.100.0236

Stark A., B. Adams, J. Fredley, and S. Yanoviak. (2017) “Out on a limb: thermal microenvironments in the tropical forest canopy.” Journal of Thermal Biology 69: 32-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2017.06.002

Chen X., B. Adams, A. Sabo, T. Crupi, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2016). “Ant assemblages and co-occurrence patterns in Cypress-Tupelo swamp.” Wetlands 36: 849-861. doi: 10.1007/s13157-016-0795-y

Chen X., B. Adams, C. Bergeron, A. Sabo, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2015) “Ant community structure and response to disturbances on coastal dunes of Gulf of Mexico.” Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10841-014-9722-9

Adams B., J. Parker, and M. VanWeelden (Eds.) C. Abraham and L. Overall. (2013) “ESA student debates 2011: identify, clarify and speak out about the land-grant mission, organic agriculture, and host plant resistance programs.” American Entomologist 59: 214-228. doi: 10.1093/ae/59.4.214

Carlton C., and Adams B. (2013) “The search for an alternative commercial cricket for the U.S. industry.” Louisiana Agriculture 56: 26. 

Chen X., J. MacGown, B. Adams, K. Parys, R. Strecker, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2012) “First record of Pyramica epinotalis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) for the United States.” Psyche 2012: 850893. doi: 10.1155/2012/850893

Adams B., L. Hooper-Bùi, R. Strecker, and D. O’Brien. (2011) “Raft formation by the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.” Journal of Insect Science 11: 1-14. doi: 10.1673/031.011.17101

Adams B., X. Chen, and L. Hooper-Bùi. (2010) “Odontomachus clarus (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reported in Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana.” Midsouth Entomologist 3: 104-105.


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