Position Postdoctoral Research Associate
Education (curriculum vitae link)
- Ph.D. 2012 Biological Science, Florida State University, Advisor: Dr. Nora Underwood
- M.Sc. 2006 Zoology, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Bob Holt
- B.Sc. 1999 Resource Conservation, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
I am a broadly trained plant-insect ecologist with a particular interest in how environmental heterogeneity influences species interactions and biodiversity. I study how plant-insect interactions vary with spatial scale (from local neighborhoods to continent-wide scales) and how this variation influences the diversity of plant and insect communities. It is well-known that environmental heterogeneity can influence the magnitude and form of plant-insect interactions, yet less is known about how this variation scales up to influence entire communities. Plants and insects are ideal systems for tackling the difficult issues of variation and scaling because they are amenable to experimentation and much is known about them. I use a variety of techniques in my research, including observational and manipulative experiments (field, lab, and greenhouse), analytical (stable isotope, DNA sequencing) and quantitative (GIS and model fitting) techniques and have worked in many different systems (old-fields, scrub, prairie, agroecosystems). I am interested in both basic and applied questions and my long-term goal is to use this knowledge to improve management of plants and insects for conservation, agriculture, and restoration and to understand the effect of environmental disturbance such as climate and land use change on biodiversity patterns.
Personal Interests Running, hiking, gardening, cooking, hanging out with my dog, Reggie.
Publications (peer reviewed, *undergraduate author)
- Kim, T. N. Fox, A. F., Wills, B. D., Meehan, T. M, Landis, D. A., and C. Gratton. Harvesting of potential biofuel grasslands has weak effects on natural enemy diversity and biocontrol services. In press at Journal of Applied Ecology.
- Kim, T. N. Neighborhood composition influences damage to plants and four mechanisms of associational resistance and susceptibility. In press at Ecology and Evolution.
- Fox, Aaron F., T. N. Kim, C. A. Bahlai, J. M. Woltz, C. Gratton, and D. A. Landis. 2016. Cover crops have neutral effects on predator communities and biological control services in annual cellulosic bioenergy cropping systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 232: 101–109.
- *Wenninger, A., T. N. Kim, B. J. Spiesman, and C. Gratton. 2016. Testing resource-concentration and dilution effects on pollinators and seed-predators. Insects 7(2), 23; doi:10.3390/insects7020023
- Kim, T. N., B. J. Spiesman, A. L. Buchanan, A. Hakes, S. L. Halpern, B. D. Inouye, A. L. Kilanowski, N. Kortessis, D. W. McNutt, A. C. Merwin, and N. Underwood. 2015. Selective removal of insect herbivores influences an old-field plant community. Plant Ecology 216: 1029-1045.
- Gratton, C, M. Casler, R. Groves, and T. N. Kim. 2015. Insecticide applications have minor effects on switchgrass biomass yield. Agronomy Journal doi:10.2134/agronj15.0066.
- Kim, T. N. and N. Underwood 2015. Plant neighborhood effects on herbivory: Damage is both density and frequency dependent. Ecology. 96:1431–1437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/14-1097.1
- Liere, H, T. N. Kim, B. P. Werling,T. D. Meehan, D. A. Landis, C. Gratton 2015. Trophic cascades in agricultural landscapes: indirect effects of landscape composition on crop yield. Ecological Applications. 25:652–661.
- Skevas, T., S.M. Swinton, T.D. Meehan, T. N. Kim, C. Gratton and A. Egbendewe-Mondzozo 2014. Integrating agricultural pest biocontrol into forecasts of energy biomass production. Ecological Economics. 106:195–203 pdf
- Kim, T. N. 2014. Plant damage and herbivore performance change with latitude for two old-field plant species, but rarely as predicted. Oikos 123: 886-896.
- Kim, T, N., Underwood, N., and B. D. Inouye 2013. Insect herbivores change the outcome of plant competition through effects on inter- and intraspecific processes. Ecology 94: 1753-1763.
- Kim, T. N., and R. D. Holt. 2012. The direct and indirect effects of fire on the assembly of insect herbivore communities: examples from the Florida scrub habitat. Oecologia. 168:997-1012.
Publications (non-peer reviewed)
- Dixon, K., Brown, G., Underwood, N., Winn, A., Moscarella, R., Garcia, B., Kim, T., McNutt, D., Strimaitis, A., Pearson, V., and A. Landry. 2015. BSC 2011L Investigations in Biology; Biological Science II Laboratory Manual. Department of Biological Science, Florida State University. Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Plymouth MI.
- Diffendorfer, J. E., T. N. Kim, and B. J. Spiesman 2003. Small Mammal Monitoring and Inventory at Chino Hills State Park. California State Parks. Lake Perris, California.
Manuscripts in review or revision (peer reviewed)
- Kim, T. N., *Bartel, S., Wills, B. D., Landis, D.A., and C. Gratton. Harvesting differentially affects alpha and beta diversity of ant communities in prairie grasslands. In review at Diversity and Distributions