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James Ott, Ph.D.

James Ott, Ph.D

James Ott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Ph.D., 1990, University of Maryland
M.S., 1983, North Carolina State University
B.S., 1980, George Mason University




Organismal Biology (BIO 1331)
Evolution (BIO 4301)
Principles of Population Biology II (BIO 7428)

Research Interests

Insect-Plant Interactions, Ecological Genetics, Evolutionary Mechanisms

Selected Publications

Hood, G.R. and J. R. Ott. 2017. Independent life history evolution between generations of bivoltine species: a case study of cyclical parthenogenesis. Oecologia 183:1053-1064. 

Zhang, L. Y., A. Driscoe, R. Izen, R, C. Toussaint, J. R. Ott, and S. P. Egan. 2017.  Immigrant inviability promotes reproductive isolation among host-associated populations of the gall wasp Belonocnema treatae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 162:379-388.  

Veech, J. A., J. R. Ott, and J. R. Troy. 2016. Intrinsic heterogeneity in detection probability and its effect on N-mixture models.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:907-915.

Forbes, A. A., M. C. Hall, J. Lund, G. R. Hood, R. Izen, S. P. Egan, and J. R. Ott. 2016. Parasitoids, hyperparasitoids, and inquilines associated with the sexual and asexual generations of the gall former, Belonocnema treatae (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 109:49-63.

Reynolds, R. J., G. de los Campos, S. P. Egan, and J. R. Ott. 2016.  Modelling heterogeneity among fitness functions using random regression. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7:70-79. 

Ott, J. R. and S. P. Egan. 2014.  Interspecific patterns of phenotypic selection do not predict intraspecific patterns. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27:214-219.   

Warren, C. C., J. A. Veech, F. W. Weckerly, L. O'Donnell and J. R. Ott. 2013. Detection heterogeneity and abundance estimation in populations of Golden-cheeked Warblers (Setophaga chrysoparia). Auk 130:677-688.

Egan, S. P., G. R. Hood, J. L. Feder and J. R. Ott. 2012. Divergent host-plant use promotes reproductive isolation among cynipid gall wasp populations. Biology Letters 8:605-608. 

Egan, S. P., G. R. Hood and J. R. Ott. 2011. Natural selection on gall size: variable contributions of individual host plants to population-wide patterns. Evolution 65:3543-3557.

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