Ecological stoichiometry of plant-herbivore interactions

Principal Investigators:

James J. Elser, and William F. Fagan

We propose a working group to investigate how the ecological stoichiometry of plant-herbivore interactions influences community dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. The relative availability of the elements carbon [C], nitrogen [N], and phosphorous [P] in autotrophic resource species in comparison with the relative demand for those elements in the body tissues of consumer species is believed to underlie major aspects of community organization in pelagic systems. Similar stoichiometric perspectives are rarely applied in studies of... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Graduate Student1st January—30th May 1999Participant List  
Working Group1st—4th June 1999Participant List  
Graduate Student10th September—31st December 1999Participant List  
Graduate Student10th September—31st December 1999Participant List  
Working Group5th—7th December 1999Participant List  
Working Group30th April—2nd May 2000Participant List  
Working Group24th—26th October 2000Participant List  
Working Group21st—24th January 2001Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Dean R. Dobberfuhldean.dobberfuhl@asu.eduArizona State University
Robert F. DennoUniversity of Maryland
James J. Elserj.elser@asu.eduArizona State University
William F. Faganbfagan@glue.umd.eduArizona State University
Gretchen GettelUnknown
Sebastian Interlandiinters@drexel.eduDrexel University
Susan S. Kilhamkilhams@drexel.eduDrexel University
Edward McCauleymccauley@ucalgary.caUniversity of Calgary
Kimberly L. Schulzkschulz@syr.eduUniversity of Minnesota
Evan Siemannsiemann@rice.eduRice University
Ayoola Folarinafolarin@imap3.asu.eduArizona State University
Andrea Hubertyah97@umail.umd.eduUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Thomas Andersentom.andersen@niva.noNorwegian Institute for Water Research
Roger M. Nisbetnisbet@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Jotaro University
Dag Hessendag.hessen@bio.uio.noUniversity of Oslo
Charles Mittercmitter@umd.eduUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Erik B. Mullermuller@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Denno, Robert F.; Fagan, William F. 2003. Might nitrogen limitation promote omnivory among carnivorous arthropods?. Ecology. Vol: 84. Pages 2522-2531.
Journal Article Elser, James J.; Fagan, William F.; Denno, Robert F.; Dobberfuhl, Dean R.; Folarin, Ayoola; Huberty, Andrea; Interlandi, Sebastian; Kilham, Susan S.; McCauley, Edward; Schulz, Kimberly L.; Siemann, Evan; Sterner, R. W. 2000. Nutritional constraints in terrestrial and freshwater food webs. Nature. Vol: 408. Pages 578-580.
Presentations Elser, James J. 2001. Modeling the effects of herbivore stoichiometry on the stability of plant-herbivore systems. Annual meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, February 2001. Albuquerque, NM.
Journal Article Fagan, William F.; Siemann, Evan; Mitter, Charles; Denno, Robert F.; Huberty, Andrea; Woods, H. A.; Elser, James J. 2002. Nitrogen in insects: Implications for trophic complexity and species diversification. American Naturalist. Vol: 160. Pages 784-802.
Data Set Fagan, William F. 2006. Ecological stoichiometry of plant-herbivore interactions. (Online version)
Journal Article Muller, Erik B.; Nisbet, Roger M.; Kooijman, S. A. L. M.; Elser, James J.; McCauley, Edward. 2001. Stoichiometric food quality and herbivore dynamics. Ecology Letters. Vol: 4. Pages 519-529.
"Ecological stoichiometry of plant-herbivore interactions" is project ID: 2154