#AmNat150

Stand Alone Conference of the American Society of Naturalists

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, 5-9 January 2018



Schedule of Concurrent Contributed Paper Sessions, Symposia, and Evening Activities


Friday afternoon & evening, 6 January 2018

Registration Opens

3:00 PM in the Chapel

The Editors of The American Naturalist Celebrate 150 Years

7:30 PM in the Chapel

Welcome Reception Bonfire

8:30 PM at the BBQ Area & Fire Pit




Saturday morning, 6 January 2018

Adaptation | Chapel

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C1 8:30 Jesse Czekanski-Moir Modeling adaptive and nonadaptive radiations
C2 8:50 James Peniston The role of pulsed migration events in the adaptation to harsh sink environments
C3 9:10 Matthew Schrader Adaptation to a novel family environment involves both apparent and cryptic phenotypic changes
C4 9:30 Samuel Scheiner The role of multiple traits and trait interactions in the evolution of plasticity: a simulation
C5 9:50 Stephen Proulx Experimental evolution of transgenerational plasticity in fluctuating environments
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C6 10:40 Ryan Greenway Transcriptomic analyses of convergent evolution in sulfide spring fishes
C7 11:00 Courtney Van Den Elzen Dispersal trait evolution correlates with microhabitat adaptation in wind-dispersed vernal pool congeners
C8 11:20 Aaron Comeault Evolution of the thermal niche in three species of Drosophila from equatorial Africa.
C9 11:40 Jannice Friedman Loss of colour pigmentation is maintained at high frequency in a monkey flower population

Macroecology & Macroevolution | Sanderling

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C10 8:30 Holly Kindsvater Linking individual behavior to macroevolutionary life history variation in tunas
C11 8:50 David Hembry Mutualism breakdown and ecological opportunity in leafflower-moth interactions
C12 9:10 Eliot Miller Macroevolutionary drivers of plumage convergence: quantitative tests and new insights
C13 9:30 Joseph Tobias Convergent evolution connects form to function in the world’s birds
C14 9:50 David Reznick Mode of maternal provisioning builds a bridge between microevolution and macroevolution
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C15 10:40 Hannah Frank Signatures of ecology and biogeography on pathogen-interacting genes in bats
C16 11:00 Rui P B Diogo Evolution driven by organismal behavior: A new, unifying view of life, function, form, mismatches and trends
C17 11:20 Molly Hetherington-Rauth Island biogeography and the evolution of floral traits
C18 11:40

Niches | Marlin

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C19 8:30 Ari Martinez Fear-based niche shifts in Neotropical birds
C20 8:50 Luke Frishkoff Past niche evolution and its manifestations in an Anthropogenic biosphere
C21 9:10 Kelly Carscadden Niche breadth measures yield different estimates: Classifying and comparing measures from across ecology and evolutionary biology
C22 9:30 Parris Humphrey Sex increases the rate and predictability of adaptation while decreasing its pleiotropic costs
C23 9:50 Kinsey Brock Beyond sexual selection: a role for ecological niche breadth in the evolution of sexual dichromatism
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C24 10:40 Travis Ingram The dimensionality of individual niche variation
C25 11:00 Nicholas Kortessis Character displacementin a temporally varying environment: evolution of differential use of a fluctuating environment
C26 11:20 Robert Holt Spatial scale and ecological niche concepts
C27 11:40 Kaitlyn Brown Pollinator-mediated facilitation explains asymmetric neighborhood effects in experimental plant communities

Host-Parasite Dynamics | Scripps

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C28 8:30 Jeremy Draghi Red Queen dynamics oppose host-range generalists in an eco-evolutionary model of parasites and hosts
C29 8:50 Patrick Clay The impact of within-host priority effects on multi-pathogen epidemics
C30 9:10 Yun Tao The Art of Outbreak Control: transient models of movement and disease management
C31 9:30 Ryosuke Iritani Horizontal transmission of parasites can favour conditional host dispersal
C32 9:50 Jessica Hite Parasite-induced anorexia: consequences for the evolution of parasite and host traits
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C33 10:40 Amanda Hund Divergent sexual traits evolve independently with local parasites to signal relevant information to females
C34 11:00 Ben Wasserman The effect of intraspecific variation in predator defense traits on parasite infection within and across generations
C35 11:20 Emlyn Resetarits How interspecific competition influences eusociality across a guild of body-snatching trematodes
C36 11:40 Camille Wendlandt Host and symbiont contributions to nodule occupancy in the legume-rhizobium symbiosis

Mutualisms | Curlew

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C37 8:30 Kane Keller Rhizobium mutualists alter competitive interactions
C38 8:50 Katherine Eisen The effects of community context and wet-year vs. dry-year dynamics on pollinator-mediated selection inClarkia (Onagraceae) in the southern Sierra foothills (Kern County, CA)
C39 9:10 Gordon Smith Intraspecific variation in nectar use by foraging hawkmoths
C40 9:30 Judith Bronstein The behavioral ecology of nectar-robbing: how alluring is "the temptation to cheat"?
C41 9:50 Jeremy Yoder Sanctions, partner recognition, and variation in mutualism
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C42 10:40 Jacob Heiling Balancing costs and benefits when a gamete is also a pollinator reward
C43 11:00 Sarah Richman Evidence for asymmetric competition between mutualists of varying quality
C44 11:20 Kenji Quides Optimizing fitness benefits in the legume-rhizobium symbiosis
C45 11:40 Emily Hudson Does early heterospecific song exposure affect species recognition in wild nestling birds?

Saturday afternoon, 6 January 2018

Symposium: Maladaptive Evolution

Organizers: Steven Brady, Andrew P. Hendry, and Andrew Gonzalez

ID Time Presenter Title

Saturday evening, 6 January 2018

Presidential Debate

7:30 PM in the Chapel

Organized by ASN President Sharon Strauss

Resolved: Evolutionary history can tell us little about the functioning of ecological communities today.

Arguing For: Margaret Mayfield & Anthony Ives

Arguing Against: Jennifer Lau &: Joseph Tobias


Posters & Mixer

8:30 PM in the Chapel

ID Presenter Title
P1 Sarah Sanderson Phenotypic variation of native and exotic fish species along an ion gradient in the Upper St. Lawrence River
P2 Laura Vander Meiden Using network analysis to determine species' roles in mixed-species flocks
P3 Arthur Weis Adding the temporal dimension to isolation by distance
P4 Justin Bain The effects of floral resource removal on plant-pollinator interactions: evidence for a diversity of responses
P5 Ellen Simms Do rare or introduced rhizobia escape their enemies?
P6 Carrie Barker The effects of forest type and microclimate on growth traits of dominant tree species at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
P7 Luana Maroja Landscape genetics of Publilia concave OR Gene flow between races of Drosophila athabasca
P8 Joseph Braasch Effective populations sizes across the range expansion of an invasive plant
P9 Christopher Klausmeier Trait-based eco-evolutionary modeling with Mathematica
P10 Marion Donald Effects of forest fragmentation and keystone species loss on nectar microbial community composition
P11 Michael Brown De novo transcriptome assembly and functional annotation of a New World flying squirrel transcriptome (Glaucomys): variant discovery between hybridizing species
P12 Aubrie James Specialist bee pollinators phenologically matched with Clarkiai> blooming at the community level
P13 Gaku Takimoto Flower constancy by pollinators drives ecological speciation of flowering plants
P14 Marta Shocket Food resources as ecological and evolutionary drivers of seasonal disease in a Daphnia-fungus system
P15 David Smith Plasticity, population structure and tadpoles on a habitat gradient
P16 Joan Edwards Near-complete records of flower visitors support a neighborhood model of pollination
P17 Manuel Morales Plant-herbivore dynamics in an herbivore protection mutualism
P18 Hannah Justen Characterization of Clock gene polymorphism across Saxicola populations and migratory phenotypes



Sunday morning, 7 January 2018

Rapid Evolution & Environmental Effects | Chapel

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C46 8:30 Ron Bassar The evolution of coexistence: theoretical and empirical studies in a simple community
C47 8:50 Anne Panetta Selection in a warmer world: insights from a climate warming experiment
C48 9:10 Kiyoko Gotanda You are what you eat: urbanization erodes niche segregation in Darwin’s Finches
C49 9:30 Eben Gering Two tickets to paradise: rapid evolution of feral fowl from Kauai and Bermuda
C50 9:50 Michelle Tseng Rapid evolution of resources and consumers to temperature change
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C51 10:40 Susan Magnoli Rapid evolution in ecological restorations
C52 11:00 Axel Meyer Genomics of parallel adaptations and speciation in repeated species flocks of cichlid fishes
C53 11:20 Carol Boggs Temporal scale and timing of environmental variation: effects on insect life history and populations
C54 11:40 Elena Litchman Rapid evolution of thermal reaction norms in marine phytoplankton reveals constraints and trade-offs

Consumer-Resource Dynamics | Sanderling

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C55 8:30 Benjamin Toscano Long-term dynamics of life-history intraguild predation
C56 8:50 Benjamin Van Allen Thrift, gluttony and death: Population responses to resource availability in a tide pool copepod
C57 9:10 André de Roos When life history matters: Somatic maintenance costs and juvenile-adult stage-structure jointly overturn ecological rules-of-thumb
C58 9:30 Shannon Beston The evolution of vertebrate eye size across an environmental gradient in Trinidadian killifish
C59 9:50 Candace Low Optimal control and cold war dynamics between plant and herbivore
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C60 10:40 Michael McCoy Pulsed dynamics: A top down perspective
C61 11:00 Megan Sabal Trade-offs between migration speed and predator evasion with hatchery and wild salmon
C62 11:20 Grant Haines Integration of swimming kinematics and ram suspension feeding in American paddlefish
C63 11:40 Carina Baskett Traits contributing to stronger anti-herbivore defense at lower latitudes in a temperate herb

Method Development & Application | Marlin

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C64 8:30 Carl Boettiger Resolving an uncertainty paradox in ecological management
C65 8:50 Kevin Gross Funding science in an era of scarce funds: Would a modified lottery help?
C66 9:10 Silas Tittes A novel Bayesian inference method to model tolerance curves
C67 9:30 Erica Newman Revealing biases in the sampling of species interaction networks
C68 9:50 Shane DuBay Bird specimens track 135 years of atmospheric soot and environmental policy
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C69 10:40 Jonathan Davies Reconciling phenological observations with flowering records in herbaria
C70 11:00 Kyle Coblentz The neglected numerical response of consumers
C71 11:20 Charles Goodnight The phenotypic perspective: A post-modern synthesis
C72 11:40 Donald Waller Phantom species: Can we estimate pseudo-turnover?

Behavior & Mating Systems | Scripps

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C73 8:30 Helen McCreery Does individual persistence promote group coordination? A comparative approach to cooperative transport in ants
C74 8:50 Ryan Germain The consequences of polyandry for sibship structures, distributions of relatedness, and potential for inbreeding in a wild population
C75 9:10 Denon Start Causes and consequences of animal personality in larval dragonflies: individuals to ecosystems
C76 9:30 Sonya Auer Nutrients from salmon parents relax selection pressures on their offspring
C77 9:50 Jeremy Van Cleve Stags, hawks, and doves: Individual variation in helping in social evolution theory
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C78 10:40 William Fagan Intruder alert! How communication behaviors influence territory maintenance, expansion, and the persistence of local populations
C79 11:00 Michael Moore Thermoregulatory effects and the geographic diversification of sexual coloration in a North American dragonfly
C80 11:20 Heather Briggs Variation in context dependent foraging behavior across pollinators
C81 11:40 Gina Calabrese Diversity in mate preferences and signals in Spadefoot toads: causes and consequences

Environmental Change | Curlew

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C82 8:30 Susana Wadgymar Maternal effect mitigate maladaptation to climate change
C83 8:50 Christopher Johnson How climate warming affects plant phenology and reproduction
C84 9:10 Molly Albecker Adaptation to environmental change in species with complex life cycles: The influence of stage specific selection and density dependence
C85 9:30 Volker Rudolf Linking phenological shifts to species interactions in a changing world
C86 9:50 Hilary Rollins How do climate-change induced phenological shifts alter terrestrial competition between two amphibians?
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C87 10:40 Na Wei Functional traits and plasticity confer polyploid advantage in changing environments
C88 11:00 Johanna Schmitt Mechanisms of life history variation and climate adaptation in a native wildflower
C89 11:20 Melis Akman Species persistence under climate change: interplay between adaptation, plasticity and migration in common sugarbush (Protea repens) of South Africa
C90 11:40 Shannon Carter Linking phenological synchrony to species interactions

Sunday afternoon, 7 January 2017

Symposium: 150 Years of The American Naturalist

Organizers: Daniel I. Bolnick & Judith L. Bronstein

ID Time Presenter Title
S1 1:00 Joel Kingsolver Levene and polymorphism
S2 1:30 Maria Rebolleda-Gomez A relational view of life: moving past biological individuality
S3 2:00 Lukas Keller Inbreeding: origins, tools, and tasks
S4 2:30 Arvid Ågren The origin of the gene's-eye view of evolution
3:00 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
S5 3:30 Aleeza Gerstein Experimental evolution and test tube naturalism as key innovations to study repeatability and the genetic basis of adaptation
S6 4:00 Julia Saltz How to love and hate your neighbors: why animals seek out competitors
S7 4:30 Ambika Kamath A broader legacy of Orians 1969
S8 5:00 Alex Jordan Sexual selection in nature

Sunday evening, 7 January 2018

American Naturalist Editorial Board Meeting

7:00 PM in Marlin

Natural History Trivia & Karaoke Talks

7:30 PM in the Chapel

Organized by the ASN Graduate Student Council

Think you know natural history? Come compete for the gold at Natural History Trivia Night! This will be a pub-style trivia night with teams of 4-5 people testing their knowledge! Topics will range from famous scientists to biogeography to bird calls and strange animals behaviors! We are looking for 5 teams to sign up ahead of time, and we are also soliciting trivia questions! Additionally, in between rounds of trivia, we will have karaoke talks! To sign up a trivia team, give a karaoke talk, or give a trivia question suggestion, send an email to asngrads@gmail.com.




Monday morning, 8 January 2018

Lightning Talks | Chapel

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
L1 8:30 Holly Moeller Acquired metabolism as an evolutionary path to mixotrophy
L2 8:40 Simone Des Roches Ecological effects of variation within species
L3 8:50 Becky Fuller Using human vision to detect variation in avian coloration: How bad is it?
L4 9:00 Thomas Miller Quantifying resource niches in microbial communities
L5 9:10 Sharon Strauss Stature drought & rarity
L6 9:20 Andrius Jonas Dagilis Gene interactions and the location of genes
L7 9:30 Abigail Pastore Higher order interactions regulated by drought result in selection in semi-arid annual plants
L8 9:40 Raffica La Rosa Plasticity, specialization, and species distributions across environmental gradients
L9 9:50 Kelly Thomasson Long-term evolution of S. cerevisiae subjected to frequent dispersal by insect gut-vectoring.
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
L10 10:40 Maren Friesen Why fix nitrogen?
L11 10:50 Mauro Toshiro Caiuby Sugawara Subspecies richness and diversity gradients: a case study with birds
L12 11:00 Lesley Kim Stages of diversification for Neotropical electric fish Apteronotidae
L13 11:10 Léa Blondel Evidence for contemporary and historical gene flow between guppies in different watersheds
L14 11:20 Lotte Skovmand Keystone genes: how can single genes have large ecological effects?
L15 11:30 Jennifer Lau Restoration in a changing world: Can genetic diversity buffer restorations from climate change?

Phylogenetics & Genomics | Sanderling

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C91 8:30 Kira Delmore Comparative genomic analysis reveals repeatability in patterns of genomic divergence across birds
C92 8:50 David Rasmussen Recoupling adaptive molecular evolution to phylogenetics using a fitness-dependent birth-death model
C93 9:10 Rachael Bay Genomic signals of selection predict climate-driven population declines in a migratory bird
C94 9:30 Kathleen Donohue Pleiotropy across the life cycle: environmental regulation of germination and flowering
C95 9:50 Elizabeth Scordato A continent-spanning migratory divide reduces interbreeding across multiple barn swallow contact zones
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C96 10:40 Lawrence Uricchio Modulation of adaptation rate by background selection in the human genome
C97 11:00 Nathan Muchhala Genomic signature of asymmetric pollen transfer among Burmeistera
C98 11:20 Orlando Schwery Unveiling the factors behind the diversification of dung beetles (Scarabaeinae)
C99 11:40 Rachel Steward Genomic signatures of divergent host plant use in the context of an evolutionary trap

Demography & Dispersal | Marlin

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C100 8:30 Charlotte Lee Elasticity of population growth with respect to the intensity of biotic or abiotic driving factors
C101 8:50 Gideon Bradburd Isolation by distance as a null hypothesis of population structure
C102 9:10 Marc Mangel Blue whales in variable and disturbed environments: working in Pasteur's quadrant
C103 9:30 Mario Pesendorfer Declining seed production before death in a long-lived tree: senescence, not terminal investment?
C104 9:50 Bo Zhang Carrying capacity in a heterogeneous environment with habitat connectivity
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C105 10:40 Allison Shaw The evolution of marine larval dispersal kernels in spatially structured habitats
C106 11:00 Adrian Stier Environment, harvest, and the erosion of a population portfolio
C107 11:20 Joseph Travis Thinking realistically about density dependence
C108 11:40 Katrina Catalano Annually variable connectivity in yellowtail clownfish

Community Patterns & Coexistence | Scripps

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C109 8:30
C110 8:50 Trevor Price Assembly of Himalayan bird communities
C111 9:10 Alexander White Himalayan bird communities reveal the integration of tropical, temperate and arid biomes
C112 9:30 Chad Brassil Ecological communities in pursuit of an elusive equilibrium
C113 9:50 Malyon Bimler Assessing how microclimate impacts coexistence dynamics: a case study of Western Australian annual plants
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C114 10:40 Elizabeth Miller Extinction and time help drive the marine-terrestrial biodiversity gradient: Is the ocean a deathtrap?
C115 11:00 Margaret Mayfield Climate effects on coexistence outcomes.
C116 11:20 Rachel Germain The spatial scaling of plant diversity and its ecological correlates: experimental evidence from a global biodiversity hotspot
C117 11:40 Sara Jackrel The microbiome is associated with accelerated aquatic ecosystem function in response to intraspecific variation in a terrestrial ecosystem subsidy.

Social Networks & Invasion Ecology | Curlew

Moderator: TBD

ID Time Presenter Title
C118 8:30 Samuel Scarpino On the predictability of infectious disease outbreaks
C119 8:50 Theadora Block Familiarity breeds contempt for badge plumage experiments in sparrows
C120 9:10 Erol Akcay Evolution of cooperation on dynamic social networks
C121 9:30 Daizaburo Shizuka Demographic processes and social network dynamics in animal populations
C122 9:50 Casey terHorst Evolution to overcome biotic resistance to invasion is limited by multiple species interactions
10:10 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
C123 10:40 Priyanga Amarasekare Latitudinal variation in ectotherm invasion success
C124 11:00 Matthew Walsh Rapid evolution mitigates the ecological consequences of an invasive species (Bythotrephes longimanus) in lakes in Wisconsin
C125 11:20 Po-Ju Ke The effect of soil cultivation length on plant-soil microbe interaction
C126 11:40 Sahas Barve Big larders but skinny helpers: territory quality and density dependence in a highly social bird

Monday afternoon, 8 January 2018

Symposium: 150 Years of The American Naturalist

Organizers: Daniel I. Bolnick & Judith L. Bronstein

ID Time Presenter Title
S9 1:00 Marjorie Weber Macroevolution of plant defense: a letter from the future to a pioneering woman in science
S10 1:30 Allison Barner The missing theory of species co-occurrence in ecology
S11 2:00 Tadashi Fukami John Sutherland's legacy and the current effort to embrace historical contingency in ecological and evolutionary community assembly
S12 2:30 Opilie Ronce Metapopulation Genetics and the evolution of dispersal: an homage to slow science and to a unique scientific character, Isabelle Olivieri
3:00 Coffee Break - Refreshments in Chapel
S13 3:30 Yoel Stuart Parallel evolution through 150 years ofThe American Naturalist
S14 4:00 Stephen de Lisle Ecological character displacement: from between to within species
S15 4:30 Eric Svensson Evolution along latitudinal gradients: homage to Kirkpatrick and Barton
S16 5:00 Mathew Nielsen Misinformation in a new climate: the role of reliable information in the evolution of phenotypic plasticity

Monday evening, 8 January 2018

150th Celebration of The American Naturalist Bonfire Mixer

7:30 PM at the BBQ Area & Fire Pit