Adam Michael Siepielski

Adam Michael Siepielski

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(BISC)-Biological Sciences

Phone: 479-575-3251

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I am interested in the causes, consequences, and maintenance of biological diversity. My research integrates studies on (1) how interactions between species evolve and persist, (2) what factors promote and constrain microevolutionary processes, (3) how interactions structure multispecies communities, and (4) which mechanisms promote the long-term maintenance of biological diversity. My work combines theoretical explorations of these themes with experimental and observational studies. Although I have used a variety of study systems, most of my lab's work is conducted using damselflies (a group of predatory aquatic insects closely related to dragonflies).

Aquatic ecology, community ecology, evolutionary ecology, natural selection, microevolution, species interactions.

Community ecology, ecology, evolutionary ecology, meta-analysis.

General Ecology (Spring Semesters), Evolutionary Ecology (Fall Semester 2016)



Ph.D. University of Wyoming, 2007

Siepielski, A.M., M. Cativerra, A. Nemirov, A. Nickerson. 2016. Experimental evidence for an eco-evolutionary coupling between local adaptation and competition. In press, American Naturalist.

Haney, S., Cativerra, M.*, and Siepielski, A.M. 2015. Rare niches and the ecological equivalence of species. In press, Theoretical Ecology.

Fey, S.B.§, Siepielski, A.M. §, Nussie, S., Cervantes-Yoshida, K., Hwan, J. L., Hubber, E., Fey, M. J., and Carlson, S. M. 2015. Recent shifts in the occurrence, cause, and magnitude of animal mass mortality events. §joint first-authors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112:1083-1088.

This article has been reported in more than 40 national and international popular press news outlets including National Geographic, The UK Daily Mail, The New Yorker, BusinessWeek, CBS  & NPR.

Siepielski, A.M. Disruptive selection. 2014. In Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology. Ed. Jonathan Losos. New York: Oxford University Press.

Siepielski, A. M., G. Prince, J. Wang. 2014. Non-consumptive predator induced phenotypic selection. Evolution 68:696-704.

Siepielski, A. M., Gottanda, K., Morrissey, M.B., Diamond, S. E., DiBattista, J.D., and Carlson, S.M. 2013. The spatial patterns of directional phenotypic selection. Ecology Letters 16:1382-1392. Recommended by Faculty of 1000.

Siepielski, A. M. and M. A. McPeek. 2013. Niche versus neutrality in structuring the beta diversity of damselfly assemblages. Freshwater Biology 58: 758-768.

Benkman, C. W., A. M. Siepielski, and J. W. Smith. 2013. Consequences of trait evolution in a multi-species system. Pages 278-292 in Interaction Richness and Complexity: Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects of Trait-Mediated Indirect Interactions. T. Ohgushi, O. Schmitz, and R. Holt, eds. Cambridge University Press.

Kingsolver, J., Diamond, S., Siepielski, A. M., and Carlson, S.M. 2012. Synthetic analyses of phenotypic selection in natural populations: lessons, limitations and future directions. Evolutionary Ecology 26:1101-1118.