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MICHAEL DENNIS WEISER


Curriculum Vitae

September 2016
University of Oklahoma Department of Biology
730 Van Vleet Oval, Room 314
Norman, OK, 73019
michael.d.weiser@ou.edu
(405) 508-9628

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2007
M.S. Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2001
B.S. Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 1998

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Oklahoma Department of Biology, Research Fellow, 2012-present
North Carolina State University Department of Biology, Research Fellow, 2007-2012

AWARDS

NSF-EAGER, University of Oklahoma 2016-2018 (Co-Author with PI M. Kaspari)
NASA-ROSES Biodiversity, North Carolina State University, 2009-2012 (Co-Author with C. Jenkins and PI R.R. Dunn)

PUBLICATIONS

2017

Weiser, M.D.,N.G. Swenson, B.J. Enquist, S. Michaletz, R. Waide and M. Kaspari. 201X. Taxonomic Decomposition of the Latitudinal Gradient in Species Diversity of North American Floras. In press at Journal of Biogeography

Weiser, M.D., V. Buzzard, Z. He, S. Michaletz, L. Shen, B.J. Enquist, R. Waide, J. Zhou and M. Kaspari. 2017. Toward a theory for diversity gradients: the Abundance-Adaptation Hypothesis. Ecography doi:10.1111/ecog.02314

Swenson, N.G., M.D. Weiser, L. Mao, M.B. Araujo, J.A.F. Diniz-Filho, J. Kollman, D. Nogués, R. Garcí-Valdeé and J.-C. Svenning. 2017. Phylogeny and predicting tree functional diversity across novel continental settings. Available online early at Global Ecology and Biogeography

Parr, C.L., R.R. Dunn, N.J. Sanders, M.D. Weiser, M. Photakis, T.R. Bishop, M.C. Fitzpatrick, X. Arnan, F. Baccaro, C. Brandão, L. Chick, D. Donoso, T.M. Fayle, G. Gómez, B. Grossman, T.C. Munyai, R. Pacheco, J. Retana, A. Robinson, K. Sagata, R.R. Silva, M. Tista, H. Vasconcelos, M. Yates and H. Gibb. 2017. GlobalAnts: a new database on the geography of ant traits (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Conservation and Diversity 10(1): 5-20

Guénard, B.S., M.D. Weiser , K. Gomez, N. Narula and E.P. Economo. 2017. The Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics (GABI) database: synthesizing data on ant species geographic distribution. Myrmecological News24:83-89

2016

Gibb, H., R. Dunn, N.Sanders, B. Grossman, M. Photakis, S. Abril, D. Agosti, A. Andersen, E. Angulo, I. Armbrecht, X. Arnan, F. Baccaro, T. Bishop, R. Boulay, C. Brühl,C. Castracani, X. Cerdá, I. Del Toro, Israel; T. Delsinne, M. Diaz, D. Donoso, A. Ellison, M. Enriquez, T. Fayle, D. Feener Jr., B. Fisher, M. Fitzpatrick, C. Gómez, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, D. Grasso, S. Groc, B. Guénard, N. Gunawardene, B. Heterick, B. Hoffmann, M. Janda; M. Kaspari, P. Klimes, L. Lach, T. Laeger, J. Lattke, E. Laurent, M. Leponce, J.-P. Lessard, J. Longino, A. Lucky, S. Luke, J. Majer, T. McGlynn, S. Menke, D. Mezger, A. Mori, J. Moses, C. Munyai, R. Pacheco, O. Paknia, J. Pearce-Duvet, M. Pfeiffer, S. Philpott, J. Resasco, J. Retana, R. Silva, D. Sorger, J. Souza, A. Suarez, M. Tista, H. Vasconcelos, M. Vonshak, M.D. Weiser, M. Yates and C. Parr. 2016. A global database of ant species abundances. Ecology DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1682.

Kaspari, M., K. Roeder, B.R. Benson, M.D. Weiser and N. Sanders. 2016. Sodium co-limits and catalyzes macronutrients in a prairie food web. In press at Ecology DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1677

Jia, X., Z. He, M.D. Weiser, T. Yin, S. Akbar, K. Xiangshi, K. Tian, Y. Jia, H. Lon, M. Yu, X. Tian. 2016. Evidence for the contribution of soil microbes and corresponding environments to the decomposition of Pinus massoniana and Castanopsis sclerophylla litter from Thousand Island Lake. European Journal of Soil Biology doi:10.1016/j.ejsobi.2016.10.003.

Michaletz, S.T., M.D. Weiser, N.G. McDowell, J. Zhou, M. Kaspari, B.R. Helliker and B. Enquist. 2016. The energetic and carbon economic origins of leaf thermoregulation. Nature Plants 2: 1629. doi:10.1038/nplants.2016.129.

Zhou, J., Y. Deng, L. Shen, C. Wen., Q. Yan, D. Ning, Y. Qin, K. Xue, L. Wu, Z. He, J.W. Voordeckers, J.D. Van Nostrand, V. Buzzard, S.T. Michaletz, B.J. Enquist, M.D. Weiser, M. Kaspari, R.B. Waide, Y. Yang and J.H. Brown. 2016. Temperature mediates continental-scale diversity of microbes in forest soils. Nature Communications 7: 12083.

Swenson, N., M.D. Weiser, L. Mao, M. Cao, L. Lin and J.-C. Svenning. 2016. Constancy in functional space across a species richness anomaly. American Naturalist. 187(4).

Tu, Q., Y. Deng, Q. Yan, L. Shen, Z. He, L. Wu, V. Buzzard, S.T. Michaletz, B.J. Enquist, M.D. Weiser, M. Kaspari, R.B. Waide, J.H. Brown, and J. Zhou. 2016. Biogeographic patterns of soil diazotrophic communities across six forests in the North America. Molecular Ecology 25(12): 2937-48. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13651

2015

Michaletz, S.T., M.D. Weiser, J. Zhou, M. Kaspari, B. Helliker and B.J. Enquist. 2015. Plant Thermoregulation: Energetics, trait-environment interactions and carbon economics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30(12): 714-724.

Jia, Y., X. Kong, M.D. Weiser, Y. Lu, S. Akbar, X. Jia, K. Tian, Z. He, H. Lin and Z. Bei. 2015. Sodium limits litter decomposition rates in a subtropical forest: Additional tests of the sodium ecosystem respiration hypothesis. Applied Soil Ecology 98:93-104.

Hulshof, C.M., N.G. Swenson and M.D. Weiser. 2015. Tree height–diameter allometry across the United States. Ecology and Evolution 5(6): 1193-1204.

Economo, E.P, P. Klimov, E.M. Sarnat, B.S. Guénard, M.D. Weiser, B. Lecroq and L.L. Knowles. 2015. Global phylogenetic structure of the hyper-diverse ant genus Pheidole reveals the repeated evolution of macroecological patterns. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1798).

2014

Kerkhoff, A.J., P. Moriarty and M.D. Weiser. 2014. The latitudinal species richness gradient in New World woody angiosperms is consistent with the tropical conservatism hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 1111(22): 8125-8130.

Swenson, N.G. and M.D. Weiser 2014. On the packing and filling of functional space in Eastern North American tree assemblages. Ecography 37(11): 1056-1062.

Xing, D., N.G. Swenson, M.D. Weiser and Z. Hao. 2014. Determinants of species abundance for eastern North American trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:903-911.

M. Kaspari and M.D. Weiser. 2014. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Science 343: 974-975.

2013

Lucky, A., M.D. Trautwein, B.S. Guénard, M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2013. Tracing the Rise of Ants - Out of the Ground. PLOS One 8(12): e84012.

Jenkins, C.N., B.S. Guénard, S.E. Diamond, M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2013. Conservation implications of divergent global patterns of ant and vertebrate diversity. Diversity and Distributions 19(8): 1084-1092.

Vargo, E.L., L. Leniaud, L.E. Swoboda, S.E. Diamond, M.D. Weiser, D.M. Miller and A.-G. Bagneres. 2013. Clinal variation in colony breeding structure and level of inbreeding in the subterranean termites Reticulitermes flavipes and R. grassei. Molecular Ecology 22(5): 1447-1462.

Siefert, A., C. Ravenscroft, M.D. Weiser and N.G. Swenson. 2013. Functional beta diversity patterns reveal deterministic community assembly processes in eastern North American trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 682-691.

2012

Swenson, N.G., B.J. Enquist, J. Pither, A.J. Kerkhoff, B. Boyle, M.D. Weiser, et al. 2012. The biogeography and filtering of woody plant functional diversity in North and South America. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21(8): 798-808.

Guénard, B., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2012. Global models of ant diversity suggest regions where new discoveries are most likely are under disproportionate deforestation threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(19): 7368-7373.

2011

Lessard J.-P., M.K. Borregard, J.A. Fordyce, C. Rahbek, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn and N.J. Sanders. 2011. Strong influence of regional species pools on continent-wide structuring of local communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B279(1727): 266-274.

Kaspari, M. and M.D. Weiser. 2011. Energy, taxonomic aggregation, and the geography of ant abundance. Ecography 35(1): 65-72.

Fitzpatrick, M.C., N.J. Sanders, S. Ferrier, J.T. Longino, M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2011. Forecasting the future of biodiversity: a test of single- and multi-species models for ants in North America. Ecography 34(5): 836-847.

Stegen, J.C., N.G. Swenson, B.J. Enquist, E.P. White, O.L. Phillips, P.M. Jorgensen, M.D. Weiser, A. Monteagudo-Mendoza, and P. Núñez Vargas. 2011. Variation in aboveground forest biomass across broad climatic gradients. Global Ecology and Biogeography20: 744-754.

Jenkins, C.N., N.J. Sanders, et al., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2011. Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions 17(4): 652-662.

Menke, S.B., B. Guénard, J.O. Sexton, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn and J. Silverman. 2011. Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems 14(2): 135-163

2010

M.D. Weiser, N.J. Sanders, et al, and R.R. Dunn. Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate-species density relationships. Biology Letters 6: 769-772.

N.G. Swenson and M.D. Weiser 2010. The biogeography of plant functional traits: An example from Eastern North American trees. Ecology 91: 2234-2241.

Guénard, B., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. 2010. Global generic diversity and distribution: new maps of the world of ants with examples of their use in the context of Asia. Asian Myrmecology 3: 21-28.

McGlynn, T.P., M.D. Weiser and R.R. Dunn. More individuals but fewer species - testing the More Individuals Hypothesis in a diverse tropical fauna. Biology Letters 6: 769-772.

pre-2010

Dunn, R.R., D. Agosti, et al., M.D. Weiser and N.J. Sanders. 2009. Climatic drivers of hemispheric asymmetry in global patterns of ant species richness. Ecology Letters 12: 324-333.

M. Kaspari and M.D. Weiser. 2007. The size-grain hypothesis: do macroarthropods see a fractal world? Ecological Entomology 32: 279-282.

Weiser, M.D., B. J. Enquist, B. Boyle, et al. 2007. Range size distributions and the latitudinal gradient in New World woody plant species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography 16(5): 679-688.

McGill, B., B. Maurer, and M.D. Weiser. 2006. Empirical evaluation of neutral theory. Ecology 87(6): 1411-1423.

Weiser, M.D. and M. Kaspari. 2006. Ecological morphospace of New World ants. Ecological Entomology 31: 131-142.

Triantis, K.A., M. Mylonas, M.D. Weiser, K. Lika, and K. Vardinoyannis. 2005 Species richness, environmental heterogeneity and area: A case study based on land snails in Skyros archipelago (Aegean Sea, Greece). Journal of Biogeography 32(10): 1727-1736.

Weiser, M.D. 2002. Removal of Rhododendron macrophyllum petals by Camponotus modoc. Western North American Naturalist 62(4): 498-499.

Cahan, S. H., J.D. Parker, S.W. Rissing, R.A. Johnson, T.S. Polony, M.D. Weiser and D.R. Smith. 2002. Extreme genetic differences between queens and workers in hybridizing Pogonomyrmex harvester ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B269: 1871-1877.

Enquist, B.J., J. Sanderson and M.D. Weiser. 2002. Modeling macroscopic patterns in ecology. Science 295(5561): 1835-1836.

Lomolino, M. V. and M.D. Weiser. 2001. Towards a more general species-area relationship: diversity on all islands, great and small. Journal of Biogeography 28(4): 431-445.

Kaspari, M. and M.D. Weiser. 2000. Ant activity along moisture gradients in a Neotropical forest. Biotropica32(4): 319-325.

Kaspari, M. and M.D. Weiser. 1999. Interspecific scaling in ants: the size grain hypothesis Functional Ecology 13(4): 530-538.

Book Chapter

Dunn, R.R., B. Guénard, M.D. Weiser and N.J. Sanders. 2010. Geographic gradients, pages 35-58 in Ant Ecology, L. Lach, C.L. Parr and K.L. Abbott, editors, Oxford University Press.

Published Abstracts

2017. Thermal physiology and ant diversity: Using a coordinated research network approach to predict assemblage dynamics. Weiser, M.D., J. Bujan, K. Roeder and M. Kaspari. Invited Ignite Talk for Challenges and Opportunities for Investigating Ecological Communities Across Space and Time: Insights from Coordinated Research Networks. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2017. The macroecology of diversification in ants Economo, E., B. Guénard, N. Narula, E. Sarnat, Friedman, Fischer, M. Janda, Huang, M.D. Weiser, J. Longino and L. Knowles . Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Portland, OR.

2016. NEONAnts: Spatial and temporal dynamics of North American ant assemblages. Weiser, M.D.and M. Kaspari. Invited Ignite Talk. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2014. Variation in plant growth rates across broad climate gradients: Toward a general metabolic scaling model linking climate, functional traits, and growth rate. Michaletz, S.T., B.J. Enquist, J.H. Brown, V. Buzzard, Y. Deng, S.T. Hammond, Z. He, A.N. Henderson, M. Kaspari, Y. Malhi, J. McGann, H. Morin, C. Sides, R.B. Waide, M.D. Weiser, J. W. Voordeckers, and J. Zhou. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

2014. New frontiers in trait-based ecology: Testing theory by comparing functional diversity of forest trees and soil microbes across latitude. Enquist, B.J., V. Buzzard, Y. Deng, Z. He, S.T. Hammond, J.H. Brown, A.N. Henderson, M. Kaspari, Y. Malhi, J. McGann, H. Morin, C. Sides, R.B. Waide, M.D. Weiser, J. W. Voordeckers, and J. Zhou. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 2014

2014. The distribution and diversity of N2O-reducing microbial communities in forest soils along a temperature gradient. Wu, B. F. Lu, L. Shen, Y. Deng, L. Wu, M.D. Weiser, M. Kaspari, B.J. Enquist, R.B. Waide, J.H. Brown, S. Chen, J. Zhou and Z. He. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 2014

2014. Temperature-dependent latitudinal gradients in forest soil microbial diversity. 2014. Zhou, J., Y. Deng, L. Shen, K. Xue, Z. He, M.D. Weiser, M. Kaspari, S.T. Michaletz, B.J. Enquist, R.B. Waide, J. McGann, S.T. Hammond, J.H. Brown. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 2014

2014. Temperature drives spatial scaling of soil microbial community. 2014. Deng, Y., L. Shen, K. Xue, Z. He, M.D. Weiser, M. Kaspari, S.T. Michaletz, B.J. Enquist, R.B. Waide, J. McGann, S.T. Hammond, J.H. Brown and J. Zhou. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

2013. Climate, biogeochemistry and the thermal performance of decomposition in brown food webs. Weiser, M.D. L. Shen, J. Zhou and M. Kaspari. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN.

2013.Intra- and interspecific tree growth rates across a broad climate gradient: Toward a general metabolic scaling model linking climate, functional traits, and individual plant growth. Michaletz, S.T., B.J. Enquist, J.H. Brown, V. Buzzard, S.T. Hammond, A.N. Henderson, M. Kaspari, S. McMahon, L. Shen, I. Šímová, R.B. Waide, Weiser, M.D. and J. Zhou. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 2013. Minneapolis, MN.

2012.Patterns of functional beta diversity reveal deterministic assembly processes in North American tree communities. Siefert, A., C.H. Ravenscroft, Weiser, M.D. and N.G. Swenson. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

2011. Distribution of functional traits in trees of europe and eastern North America. Lake, J.K., J.-C. Svenning, Weiser, M.D. and N.G. Swenson. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America 2011.

2010. Determinants of community structure along climatic gradients: Insights from patterns of phylogenetic Β diversity. J.P. Lessard, M.K. Borregaard, J.A. Fordyce, S. Fritz, Weiser, M.D., R.R. Dunn, N.J. Sanders and C. Rahbek. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

2009. Global patterns in canopy ant diversity and abundance. M.D. Weiser, N.J. Sanders and R.R. Dunn. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

2008. History and latitudinal gradients in mammal species diversity. Weiser, M.D. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 2008. Milwaukee, WI.

2007. Taxonomic decomposition of latitudinal diversity gradients in New World vascular plants. Weiser, M.D., B.J. Enquist and N.G. Swenson. International Biogeography Society Biennial Meeting. 2007. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

2005. An ecoinformatics approach to test continental scale hypotheses: Synthesis and analysis of botanical inventories and collections across scales. Weiser, M.D., B. Boyle and B.J. Enquist. Invited presentation for “Emerging Eco-informatics Tools and Accomplishments for Synthetic Ecological Research Across Scales” Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Montreal, Canada.

2005. Range size and the latitudinal diversity gradient in New World woody plants. International Biogeography Society Biennial Meeting. Shepardstown, WV.

2003. Rapaport's rule, latitudinal patterns, and the frequency distributions of range sizes of New World woody plant species. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Weiser, M.D., B.J. Enquist, B. Boyle and S. Reddy. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Savannah, GA.

2003. The SALVIAS Project: Linking plant inventories, specimens, and taxonomy. Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Annual Meeting. 2003. Aberdeen, Scotland.

2003. Frequency distributions of species' ranges: Estimating the geographic extent of Hubbell's metacommunity for New World plant assemblages. International Biogeography Society Inaugural Meeting. 2003. Mesquite, NV.

2002. Quantifying 100 years of assemblage dynamics in a Sonoran Desert plant community: Assessing the role of climate, site specific and biotic interactions. M.D. Weiser, B.J. Enquist, J. Betancourt and J.D. Van Dyken. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Tucson, AZ.

2002. Long-term dynamics of individual plant canopies in Sonoran Desert perennials at Tumamoc Hill, AZ. Cable, J., M.D. Weiser, B.J. Enquist, T. Huxman. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Tucson, AZ.

Teaching Experience

North Carolina State University
Guest Lecturer: Field Ecology, Biogeography
University of Arizona
Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Biology I & II, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
Graduate Mentor: Conservation Biology Internship Program
University of Oklahoma
Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Zoology
Guest Lecturer: Community Ecology, Principles of Ecology

Mentorships

University of Oklahoma:
J. Kouri, K. Micek (NSF-REU Project 2016)
B. Hickerson, J.M. Petersen (NSF-REU Project 2014)
North Carolina State University:
B. Guénard (now faculty at the Univ. of Hong Kong),
N. McCoy (now science communicator at NCSU)
University of Arizona
P. Gaube (now at the Applied Physics Laboratory)
J. Merkle (now at Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit)
J.D. Van Dyken, now faculty at the University of Miami
University of Oklahoma
M.K. Johnston, (now faculty at Concordia University)
C. Green, (now faculty at Louisiana State University)

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Professional Affiliations

Association for Tropical Biology, Ecological Society of America, Entomological Society of America, International Association for Ecology, International Biogeography Society, International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Oklahoma Academy of Science, Sigma Xi, Society for the Study of Evolution, Southwestern Association of Biologists

Reviewer for:

American Naturalist (1), Austral Ecology (1) , Australian Journal of Entomology (2), Biodiversity and Conservation (1), Biotropica (3), Contributions to Zoology (1), Ecography (3), Ecology (4) , Ecological Entomology (2), Ecology Letters (1) , Ecology Reports (1) ,Ecosphere (1), Functional Ecology (1) , Global Ecology and Biogeography "Reviewer of the Year, 2015-16" (6), Insect Conservation and Diversity (1), Insectes Sociaux (4), Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution (1), Journal of Animal Conservation (1), Journal of Animal Ecology (2), Journal of Biogeography (10), Journal of Ecology (1), Journal of Evolutionary Biology (1), Journal of Vegetation Science(1), Methods in Ecology and Evolution (1), Myrmecological News (2), National Geographic (1), National Science Foundation (1), Nature-Scientific Reports (1), Northeastern Naturalist (2), PLOS ONE (1)