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My research uses insects as model systems to explore physiological and developmental responses to global environmental threats with a focus on urbanization and climate change. Grounded in ecology and evolutionary biology, my research is expanding to include studies on the role of microbes and fungal pathogens in influencing host responses to environmental change.


* = undergraduate researcher    ** = high school student researcher

Beasley, D.E., Brooks, H.B.*, Guzman-Hernandez, I.* Invasive ant species found in greater abundance in a temperate urban city (Submitted to Urban Naturalist)

Beasley, D.E., Fitzgerald, J.L.*, Fowler, A.*, Keheler, K.**, Uribe-Lopez, M.M. & Dunn, R.R. (2019). Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments? Southeastern Naturalist. 18 (2): 183-191.

Beasley, D.E., Penick, C.A., Boateng, N.S.*, Menninger, H.L. and Dunn, R.R. (2018). Urbanization disrupts latitude-size rule in 17-year cicadas. Ecol. Evol. 00:18

Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Ostermiller, S., Beasley, D.E., Welch, SM, Møller, A.P. and Mousseau, T.A. (2017). Faster development covaries with higher DNA damage in grasshoppers (Chorthippus albomarginatus) from Chernobyl. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 91 (2): 776 – 787.

Miller, E.A., Beasley, D.E., Dunn, R.R. and Archie, E.A. (2016). Lactobacilli dominance and vaginal pH: Why is the human vaginal microbiome unique? Front. Microbiol. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01936.

Dunn, R.R. and Beasley, D.E. Democratizing evolutionary biology, lessons from insects. (2016). Current Opinion in Insect Science. 18: 89-92. doi:

Beasley, D.E., Koltz, A.M., Lambert, J.E., Fierer, N. and Dunn, R.R. (2015). The evolution of stomach acidity and its relevance to human microbiome. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134116.

Beasley, D.E., Bonisoli-Alquati, A. and Mousseau, T.A. (2013). The use of fluctuating asymmetry as a measure of environmentally induced developmental instability: A meta-analysis. Ecological Indicators. 30: 218-226.

Beasley, D.E., Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Welch, S.M., Møller, A.P. and Mousseau, T.A. (2012). Effects of parental radiation exposure on developmental instability in grasshoppers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25(6): 1149-1162. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02502.x

Beasley, D.E., Benson, E.P., Welch, S.M., Reid, L.S. and Mousseau, T.A. (2012). The use of citizen scientists to record and map 13-Year periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada) in South Carolina. Florida Entomologist. 95(2): 486-488.

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