Michael S Singer
Affiliation: Wesleyan University
- Behaviorally plastic host-plant use by larval Lepidoptera in tri-trophic food websMichael S Singer
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459, USA Electronic address
Curr Opin Insect Sci 14:56-60. 2016..Recent research on trait-mediated indirect interactions places adaptive behavioral plasticity of herbivores at the center of community and food web dynamics, with far-reaching consequences of issues such as community stability. ..
- Ecological immunology mediated by diet in herbivorous insectsMichael S Singer
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, 52 Lawn Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459, USA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA Department of Biology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV 89557, USA
Integr Comp Biol 54:913-21. 2014..We synthesize our work to generate the hypothesis that a diet-mediated defense by the host against parasites acts as a temporally explicit, multi-stage process. ..
- Herbivore diet breadth mediates the cascading effects of carnivores in food websMichael S Singer
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111:9521-6. 2014..We conclude that herbivore diet breadth is a key functional trait underlying the trophic effects of carnivores on both herbivores and plants. ..
- Tritrophic interactions at a community level: effects of host plant species quality on bird predation of caterpillarsMichael S Singer
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut 06459, USA
Am Nat 179:363-74. 2012..These results highlight the interrelatedness of plant-herbivore and herbivore-carnivore interactions and thus the importance of a tritrophic perspective...
- Disentangling food quality from resistance against parasitoids: diet choice by a generalist caterpillarMichael S Singer
Department of Entomology, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA
Am Nat 164:423-9. 2004..The resistance of individual caterpillars was associated with the relative amount of defensive plants eaten as well as with the sequestration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids from one such plant (Senecio longilobus)...
- Self-medication as adaptive plasticity: increased ingestion of plant toxins by parasitized caterpillarsMichael S Singer
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States of America
PLoS ONE 4:e4796. 2009....
- Can caterpillar density or host-plant quality explain host-plant-related parasitism of a generalist forest caterpillar assemblage?Timothy E Farkas
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 06459, USA
Oecologia 173:971-83. 2013..Instead, our findings point to other plant-related characteristics, such as plant-derived parasitoid attractants, which may have robust, community-wide effects...
- Insect defences: taste alteration and endoparasitesElizabeth A Bernays
Department of Entomology and Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neurobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 0036, USA
Nature 436:476. 2005....
- Complex effects of parasitoids on pharmacophagy and diet choice of a polyphagous caterpillarAngela M Smilanich
Department of Biology, Wesleyan University, 257 Hall Atwater Labs, Middletown, CT 06459, USA
Oecologia 165:995-1005. 2011..This study reveals the depth of complexity and the dynamic nature of herbivore host plant choice, and underscores the importance of considering multitrophic interactions when studying insect diet choice...
- What determines host range in parasitoids? An analysis of a tachinid parasitoid communityJohn O Stireman
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Oecologia 135:629-38. 2003....
- Multiple interaction types determine the impact of ant predation of caterpillars in a forest communityRobert E Clark
Biology Department, Wesleyan University, 52 Lawn Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459, USA
Ecology 97:3379-3388. 2016..These findings demonstrate that examining the multi-trophic impacts of mutualisms and predation in the context of the broader community can reveal patterns otherwise masked by compensatory interactions...
- Reduced consumption of protein-rich foods follows immune challenge in a polyphagous caterpillarA Peri Mason
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
J Exp Biol 217:2250-60. 2014..We discuss alternative mechanisms by which variation in protein intake could negatively or positively affect parasitized caterpillars, including nutritional interactions with the caterpillar's self-medication response. ..
- Phytophagous insect-microbe mutualisms and adaptive evolutionary diversificationEric M Janson
Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235, USA
Evolution 62:997-1012. 2008....