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Biology

Sean Brendan Menke

Gustav E. Beerly Jr. Assistant Professor of Biology

Education

Post-doctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University
PhD Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2007
MS Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 2002
BA Biology, University of Minnesota, Morris, 1999

Specialization

Ecology
Biogeography

Interests

Urban ecology
Community ecology
Myrmecology
Herpetology

Courses Taught

Biology 220L: Ecology and Evolution, and Lab
Biology 131: Biological Inquiry:Invasion Ecology
Biology 374L: Biogeography, and lab
Biology 484: Biology of Extinctions

Selected Publications

Jenkins, C.N., N.J. Sanders, A.N. Andersen, X. Arnan, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A.M. Ellison, B.L. Fisher, M.C. Fitzpatrick, N.J. Gotelli, A.D. Gove, B. Guénard, J.E. Lattke, J. Lessard, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C.L. Parr, S.M. Philpott, H.L. Vasconcelos, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn. (2011). Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions 17(4):652-662.

Roura-Pascual, N., C. Hui, T. Ikeda, G. Leday, D.M. Richardson, S. Carpintero, X. Espadaler, C. Gómez, B. Guénard, S. Hartley, P. Krushelnycky, P.J. Lester, M.A. McGeoch, S.B. Menke, J.S. Pedersen, J.P.W. Pitt, J. Reyes, N.J. Sanders, A.V. Suarez, Y. Touyama, D. Ward, P.S. Ward, and S.P. Worner. (2011). Relative roles of climatic suitability and anthropogenic influence in determining the pattern of spread in a global invader. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(1):220-225.

Menke, S.B., B. Guénard, J.O. Sexton, M.D. Weiser, R.R. Dunn, J. Silverman. (2011). Urban areas may serve as habitat and corridors for dry-adapted, heat tolerant species; an example from ants. Urban Ecosystems 14(2):135-163.

Menke, S.B., A.V. Suarez, C.V. Tillberg, C.T. Chou*, and D.A. Holway. (2010).  Trophic ecology of the invasive Argentine ant: spatio-temporal variation in resource assimilation and isotopic enrichment. Oecologia 164(3): 763-771.

Weiser, M.D. N.J. Sanders, D. Agosti, A.N. Andersen, A.M. Ellison, B.L. Fisher, H. Gibb, N.J. Gotelli, A.D. Gove, K. Gross, B. Guenard, M. Janda, M.E. Kaspari, J.P. Lessard, J.T. Longino, J.D. Majer, S.B. Menke, T.P. McGlynn, C.L. Parr, S.M. Philpott, J. Retana, A.V. Suarez, H.L. Vasconcelos, S.P. Yanoviak, R.R. Dunn. (2010).  Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate-species density relationships. Biology Letters 6:769-772.

Menke, S.B., W. Booth, R.R. Dunn, C. Schal, E. Vargo, J. Silverman. 2010. Is it easy to be urban? Convergent success in urban habitats among lineages of a widespread native ant. PLoS ONE 5(2):e9194.

Dunn R.R., D. Agosti, A.N. Andersen, X. Arnan, C.A. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A.M. Ellison, B.L. Fisher, M.C. Fitzpatrick, H. Gibb, N.J. Gotelli, A.D. Gove, B. Guenard, M. Janda, M.E. Kaspari, E.J. Laurent, J.P. Lessard, J.T. Longino, J.D. Majer, S.B. Menke, T.P. McGlynn, C.L. Parr, S.M. Philpott, M. Pfeiffer, J. Retana, A.V. Suarez, H.L. Vasconcelos, M.D. Weiser, and N.J. Sanders. 2009. Climatic drivers of hemispheric asymmetry in global patterns of ant species richness. Ecology Letters 12:324-333.

Menke, S.B., D.A. Holway, R.N. Fisher, W. Jetz. 2009. Characterizing and predicting species distribution across environments and scales: Argentine ant occurrences in the eye of the beholder, Global Ecology and Biogeography 18:50-63.

Grover C.*, K.C. Dayton*, S.B. Menke, D.A. Holway. 2008. Effects of aphids on foliar foraging by Argentine ants an the resulting effects on other arthropods. Ecological Entomology 33:101-106.

Menke, S.B., R.N. Fisher, W. Jetz, D.A. Holway. 2007. Biotic and abiotic controls of Argentine ant invasion success at local and landscape scales. Ecology, 88(12):3164-3173.

Menke, S.B., and D.A. Holway. 2006. Abiotic factors control invasion by Argentine ants at the community scale. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:368-376.

* indicates student co-authors.

Grants

2012 McHenry County Conservation District to study patterns of ant diversity in oak savannah environments: $10,000

2011 McHenry County Conservation District to study patterns of ant diversity in tallgrass prairie restoration sites: $10,000