Colleen Nell

Postdoctoral Scientist
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Colleen Nell

Current Research

I am broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multi-trophic interactions. At GWU, I am working with Dr. John Lill to characterize the structure of food webs containing trees, Lepidopteran herbivores, and their associated parasitoid natural enemies.


Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA. 2018.

B.A., Environmental Science & Biology, Drake University, Iowa, USA. 2011.


Nell, C.S., Abdala-Roberts, L., and Mooney, K.A. (2018). Tropical tree diversity mediates foraging and predatory effects of insectivorous birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285(1890): 20181842.

Moreira, X., Nell, C.S., Rasmann, S., and Mooney, K.A. (2018). Specificity of plant-plant communication for Baccharis salicifolia sexes but not genotypes. Ecology. 99. 12:2731-2739.

Nell, C.S., Meza-Lopez, M.M., Croy, J., Nelson, A., Moreira, X., Pratt, J., and Mooney, K.A. (2018). Relative effects of genetic variation sensu lato and sexual dimorphism on plant traits and associated arthropod communities. Oecologia. 187: 389.

Moreira, X., Nell, C.S., Rasmann, S., and Mooney, K.A. (2018). Herbivore specificity and the chemical basis of plant-plant communication. New Phytologist. 220(3):703-713.

Roslin, T., [et al, including Nell, C.S.] (2017). Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and high elevation. Science. 356(6339); 742-744.


John Lill