Ph.D. – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. – University of Georgia
B.A. – St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Kent State University
I am a community ecologist interested in the mechanisms responsible for maintaining patterns of biodiversity, and understanding how global change will likely alter communities. My research focuses on two important drivers of global change: invasive species and global climate change. Much of my research centers around how global change affects interactions among species, ultimately shaping the structure and function of ecosystems. In particular, current research projects examine: 1) community assembly, and how dynamics between species during the early stages of community development are impacted by climate and ultimately influence the composition of emerging communities, 2) ant-mediated seed dispersal and the impacts of both non-native ants and climate change, and 3) the effects of changing community composition (both above and below-ground) on ecosystem functions such as carbon cycling.
Stuble KL, E Zefferman, K Wolf, KJ Vaughn, TP Young (2017) Outside the envelope: rare events disrupt the relationship between climate factors and species interactions. Ecology 98: 1623-1630.
Souza L, KL Stuble, MA Genung, AT Classen (2017) Plant genotype identity and intra-specific diversity trump soil nutrient availability to shape old-field structure and function. Functional Ecology 31(4): 965-974.
Werner CM, KJ Vaughn, KL Stuble, K Wolf, TP Young (2016) Persistent asymmetrical priority effects in a California grassland restoration experiment. Ecological Applications 26(6): 1624-1632.
Stuble KL, L Souza (2016) Priority effects: natives, but not exotics, pay to arrive late. Journal of Ecology 104(4): 987-993.
Stuble KL, CM Patterson, MA Rodriguez-Cabal, RR Ribbons, RR Dunn, NJ Sanders (2014) Ant-mediated seed dispersal in a warmed world. PeerJ 2: e286.
Stuble KL, MA Rodriguez-Cabal, GL McCormick, I Jurić, RR Dunn, NJ Sanders (2013) Tradeoffs, competition, and coexistence in eastern deciduous forest ant communities. Oecologia 171(4): 981-992.
Stuble KL, SL Pelini, SE Diamond, DA Fowler, RR Dunn, NJ Sanders (2013) Foraging by forest ants under experimental climatic warming: a test at two sites. Ecology and Evolution 3(3): 482-491.
Rodriquez-Cabal MA, KL Stuble, B Guénard, RR Dunn, NJ Sanders (2012) Disruption of ant-seed dispersal mutualisms by the invasive Asian Needle Ant (Pachycondyla chinensis). Biological Invasions 14(3): 557-565.
Stuble KL, LK Kirkman, CR Carroll, NJ Sanders (2011) Relative effects of disturbance on the red imported fire ant and native ant species in a longleaf pine ecosystem. Conservation Biology 25(3): 618-622.
Stuble KL, LK Kirkman, CR Carroll (2010) Are red imported fire ants facilitators of native seed dispersal? Biological Invasions 12(6): 1661-1669.
Rodriquez-Cabal MA, KL Stuble, MA Nuñez, N.J. Sanders (2009) Quantitative analysis of the effects of the exotic Argentine ant on seed dispersal mutualisms. Biology Letters 5: 499-502.
Stuble KL, LK Kirkman, CR Carroll (2009) Patterns of abundance of fire ants and native ants in a native ecosystem. Ecological Entomology 34: 520-526.