* indicates undergraduate student author


Lind E.M., LaPierre K.J., Seabloom E.W., Alberti J., Iribame O., Firn J., Gruner D.S., Kay A.D., Pascal J., Wright J.P., Yang L., Borer E.T. (in press) Increased grassland arthropod production with mammalian herbivory and eutrophication: A test of mediation pathways. Ecology

Small G., Sisombath B.*, Reuss L.*, Henry R., Kay A.D. (in press) Assessing how the ratio of food waste to wood chips in compost affects rates of microbial processing and subsequent vegetable yield. Compost Science & Utilization

Hu Y., Holway D., Lukasik P., Chau L., Kay A.D., LeBrun D., Miller K.*, Sanders J., Suarez A., Russell J. (2017) By their own devices: invasive Argentine ants have shifted diet without clear aid from symbiotic microbes. Molecular Ecology 26: 1608–1630.


Krist A.C., Kay A.D., Scherber E.*, Larkin K., Brown B.J.,  Lu D., Warren D.T., Riedl R., Neiman M. (2016) Evidence for extensive but variable nutrient limitation in New Zealand lakes. Evolutionary Ecology 30: 973–990

Kaspari M., Clay N.A., Lucas J.*, Revsen S., Kay A.D., Yanoviak S.P. (2016) Thermal adaptation and phosphorus shape thermal performance in an assemblage of rainforest ants. Ecology 97: 1038–1047.


Seabloom E.W. with 64 co-authors (A.D. Kay is a co-author) (2015) Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications 6: 7710

Kaspari M., Clay N., Lucas J.*, Yanoviak S.P., Kay A.D. (2015) Thermal adaptation generates a diversity of thermal limits in a rainforest ant community. Global Change Biology 21: 1092–1102.

Deans C.A.*, Behmer S.T., Kay A.D., Voelz N. (2015) The importance of dissolved N:P ratios on mayfly (Baetis spp.) growth in high-nutrient detritus-based streams. Hydrobiologia. Hydrobiologia 742: 15–26.


Orrock J.L., Borer E., Brudvig L.A., Firn J., MacDougall A.S., Melbourne B.A., Yang L.H., Baker D.V., Bar-Massada A., Crawley M.J., Damschen E.I., Davies K.F., Gruner D.S., Kay A.D., Lind E., McCulley R.L., Seabloom E.W. (2014) A continent-wide study reveals clear relationships between regional abiotic conditions and post-dispersal seed predation. Journal of Biogeography 42: 662–670.

Shik J.Z., Santos J., Seal J., Kay A.D., Mueller U., Kaspari M. (2014) Metabolism and the rise of fungus cultivation in ants. American Naturalist 184: 364-373.

Shik J.Z., Kay A.D., Silverman J. (2014) Aphid honeydew provides a nutritionally balanced resource for incipient Argentine ant mutualists. Animal Behaviour 95: 33-39.

Kay A.D., Bruning A.J.*, Van Alst A.*, Abrahamson T.A.*, Hughes W.O.H., Kaspari M. (2014) A carbohydrate-rich diet increases social immunity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B. (press release)

Krist A.C., Kay A.D., Larkin K., Neiman M. (2014) Response to phosphorus limitation varies among lake populations of the freshwater snail Potamopyrgus antipodarumPLoS ONE 9: e85845.


Clay N.A., Lucas J.*, Kaspari M., Kay A.D. (2013) Manna from heaven: Refuse from an arboreal ant links aboveground and belowground processes in a lowland tropical forest. Ecosphere 4, art141.

Neiman M., Kay A.D., Krist A. (2013) Can resource costs of polyploidy provide an advantage to sex? Heredity 110: 152-159.

Neiman M., Kay A.D., Krist A. (2013) Sensitivity to nutrient limitation increases with ploidy level in asexual lineages of a New Zealand snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)Evolution 67: 1511–1517.

Seabloom E. and 41 co-authors (A.D. Kay is a co-author) (2013) Predicting invasion in grassland ecosystems: is exotic dominance the real embarrassment of richness? Global Change Biology 19: 3677–3687.

Sun X., Kay A.D., Kang H., Small G.E., Liu G., Zhou X., Yin S., Liu C (2013) Correlated biogeographic variation of magnesium across trophic levels in a terrestrial food chainPLoS One 8: e78444.


Kaspari M., Donoso D., Lucas J.A.*, Zumbusch T.B.*, Kay A.D. (2012) Using nutritional ecology to predict community structure: a field test in Neotropical antsEcosphere 3: art93.

Kay A.D., Shik J.Z., Van Alst A.*, Miller K.A.*, Kaspari M. (2012) Diet composition does not affect ant colony tempoFunctional Ecology 26: 317–323.

Shik J.Z., Hou C., Kay A.D., Kaspari M., Gillooly J.F. (2012) Toward a general life history model of the superorganism: predicting the survival, growth, and reproduction of ant societiesBiology Letters 8: 1059-1062.

Shik J.Z., Flatt D.*, Kay A.D., Kaspari M. (2012) A life history continuum in the males of a Neotropical ant assemblage: refuting the sperm vessel hypothesis. Naturwissenschaften 99: 191-197.


Adler P.A. and 57 co-authors (A.D. Kay is a co-author) (2011) Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness. Science 333: 1750-1753.  (and associated Perspectives article Willig 2011)

González A. L., Fariña J.M., Kay A.D., Pinto R. and Marquet P.A. (2011) Exploring patterns and mechanisms of interspecific and intraspecific variation in body elemental composition of desert consumers. Oikos 120: 1247-1255.

Firn J. and 41 co-authors (A.D. Kay is a co-author)(2011) Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities. Ecology Letters 14:274-281.


Kay A.D., Zumbusch T.B.*, Heinen J.L.*, Marsh T.C., Holway D.A. (2010) Nutrition and interference competition have interactive effects on the behavior and performance of Argentine ants. Ecology 91: 57-64.

Schneider K., Kay A.D., Fagan W.F. (2010) Adaptation to a limiting environment: The phosphorus content of terrestrial cave arthropods. Ecological Research 25: 565–577.


Neiman M., Theisen K.M.*, Mayry M.E.*, Kay A.D. (2009) Can phosphorus limitation contribute to the maintenance of sex? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1359-1363.


Kay A.D., Vrede T. (2008) Ecological Stoichiometry: Evolutionary and biochemical aspects. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier Press.

Vrede T., Kay A.D. (2008) Ecological Stoichiometry: Organismal ecophysiology.  In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier Press.

Kay A.D.*, Mankowski J.*, Hobbie S.E. (2008) Long–term burning interacts with herbivory to slow decomposition. Ecology 89: 1188-1194.


Kay A.D., Schade J.D., Ogdahl M., Wesserle E.O.*, Hobbie S.E. (2007) Fire effects on insect herbivores in an oak savanna: the role of nutrients and light. Ecological Entomology 32: 754-761.

Grover C., Kay A.D., Monson J.*, Marsh T.C., Holway D.A. (2007) Linking nutrition and behavioral dominance: carbohydrate scarcity limits aggression and activity in Argentine ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 274: 2951-2957. Grover et al 2007

Smith C., Oettler J., Kay A., Deans C.* (2007) The first U.S. record of a mating flight of Acropyga epedana (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), an ant with an obligate mutualism with mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Journal of Insect Science 7: art. no. 11.

Novotny A.M.*, Schade J.D., Hobbie S.E., Kay A.D., Kyle M., Reich P., Elser J.J. (2007) Stoichiometric response of nitrogen-fixing and non-fixing dicots to manipulations of CO2, nitrogen, and diversity. Oecologia 151: 687-696.

Hendrixson H., Sterner R.W., Kay A.D. (2007) Elemental stoichiometry of freshwater fishes in relation to phylogeny, allometry and ecology. Journal of Fish Biology 70: 121-140.


Kay A.D., Rostampour S.*, Sterner R.W. (2006) Ant stoichiometry: elemental homeostasis in stage-structured colonies. Functional Ecology 20: 1037-1044.


Kay A.D., Ashton I.W., Gorokhova E., Kerkhoff A.J., Liess A., Litchman E. (2005) Toward a stoichiometric framework for evolutionary biology. Oikos 109: 6-17.

Kay A., Rissing S.W. (2005) Drinking ability and risk sensitivity can organize division of labor in Formica perpilosaBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 58: 165-174.


Kay A. (2004) The relative availabilities of complementary resources affect the feeding preferences of ant colonies. Behavioral Ecology 15: 63-70.

Kay A., Scott S.E.*, Schade J.D., Hobbie S.E. (2004) Stoichiometric relations in an ant-homopteran mutualism. Ecology Letters 7: 1024-1028.


Kay A., Adler F. (2003) Optimal tempo and defence for consumers of multiple resources. Evolutionary Ecology Research 5: 701-716. Kay and Adler 2003


Kay A. (2002) Applying optimal foraging theory to assess nutrient availability ratios for ants. Ecology 83: 1935-1944.

Wagner D. Kay A. (2002) Do extrafloral nectaries distract ants from visiting flowers? An experimental test of an overlooked hypothesis. Evolutionary Ecology Research 4:293-305.


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