I am currently posted at the Hufbauer lab in Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Our lab focuses on applied evolutionary ecology (http://www.hufbauerlab.org) and my projects have focused on biological invasions and the evolutionary ecology of an invasive species.
PhD in Ecology
For my PhD I will return to my island of Guam and try to disentangle the food-web connections. I am hoping to understand shifts in arthropod abundance, behavior and roles due to the invasion of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) and loss of native birds. I will look at how insect abundance differ in areas with birds and without birds, the type of predation that is occuring, the roles of new predators in the community, and evaluating possible changes in anti-predator behavior in butterflies.
Below is my poster for the Ecological Society of America 2022 Conference in Montreal, Canada. The funny part is that I didn't actually get to attend the conference because I developed acute appendicitis right before my flight to Montreal and had to undergo emergency surgery. Thankfully it was caught early and didn't burst in the middle of me presenting at ESA. My lovely advisor, Ruth Hufbauer, still decided to print my poster and hang it up at the conference. Below are the current findings of my PhD work.
Koch, J.B., Dupuis, J.R., Jardeleza, M.K., Ouedraogo, N., Geib, S.M., Follett, P.A. and Price, D.K., 2020. Population genomic and phenotype diversity of invasive Drosophila suzukii in Hawai ‘i. Biological Invasions, pp.1-18.
Manuscripts in Preparation
MS Ecology Thesis Abstract
The roles of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation in morphology and performance of an invasive species in a novel habitat.
Authors: Marcel-Kate Jardeleza, Jonathan B. Koch, Ian S. Pearse, Cameron K. Ghalambor and Ruth A. Hufbauer
Keywords: phenotypic plasticity; invasive species; reciprocal common garden; Drosophila suzukii; adaptation, temperature size rule
Fieldwork & Lab Interns
I've been so lucky to have many great people helping me with my research and studies.