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PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS Underlined, web-active titles are links to PDF or HTML reprints of the papers.

Published or in press:

95. Sulger, E., N. Mcaloon, S.J. Bulova, J. Sapp & S. O'Donnell. In press. Evidence for adaptive brain tissue reduction in obligate social parasites (Polyergus mexicanus) relative to their hosts (Formica fusca). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

94. O'Donnell, S., A. Kumar & C.J. Logan. In press. Do Nearctic migrant birds compete with residents at army ant raids? A geographical and seasonal analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

93. Baudier K.M., S.D. Kaschock-Marenda, N. Patel, K.L. Diangelus, S. O'Donnell, & D.R. Marenda. 2014. Erythritol, a non-nutritive sugar alcohol sweetener and the main component of Truvia®, is a palatable ingested insecticide. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098949

92. O'Donnell S., M.R. Clifford, S. Deleon, C. Papa, N. Zahedi & S.J. Bulova. 2014. A test of neuroecological predictions using paperwasp caste differences in brain structure (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 68: 529-536.

91. Soare, T.W., A. Kumar, K.A. Naish & S. O'Donnell. 2014. Genetic evidence for habitat effects on colony dispersal in the army ant Eciton burchellii. Molecular Ecology 23: 96-109.

90. McCann S., O. Moeri, T. Jones, C. Scott, G. Khaskin, R. Gries, S. O'Donnell, & G. Gries. 2013. Strike fast, strike hard: the Red-throated Caracara exploits absconding behavior of social wasps during nest predation. PLOS ONE 8: e84114.

89. O'Donnell S., M.R. Clifford, S. DeLeon, C. Papa, N. Zahedi & S.J. Bulova. 2013. Brain size and visual environment predict species differences in paperwasp sensory processing brain regions (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Polistinae). Brain Behavior and Evolution 82: 177-184.

88. O'Donnell, S., & J.H. Hunt. 2013. Group hunting by two species of Neotropical swarm-founding paper wasps (Parachartergus apicalis and Agelaia sp., Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Insectes Sociaux 60: 369-372.

87. Chavarria Pizarro, L., H.F. McCreery, S.P. Lawson, M.E. Winston, & S. O'Donnell. 2012. Sodium-specific foraging by leafcutter ant workers (Atta cephalotes, Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ecological Entomology 37: 435-438.

86. O'Donnell, S., C.J. Logan & N.S. Clayton. 2012. Specializations of birds that attend army ant raids: an ecological approach to cognitive and behavioral studies. Behavioural Processes 91: 267-274.

85. Laurance, W.F, D.C. Useche, J. Rendeiro, … S. O'Donnell, et al. 2012. Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature11318. Published online 25 July 2012.

84. Logan, C., S. O'Donnell, & N. Clayton. 2011. A case of mental time travel in ant-following birds? Behavioral Ecology 22: 1149-1153.

83. O'Donnell, S., M.R. Clifford, & Y. Molina. 2011. A comparative analysis of constraints and caste differences in brain investment among social paper wasps. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108: 7107-7112.

82. Kaspari, M., S. Powell, J. Lattke, & S. O'Donnell. 2011. Predation and patchiness in the tropical litter: do swarm-raiding army ants skim the cream or drain the bottle? Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 818-823.

81. Soare, T.W., S.I. Tully, S.K. Willson, D.J.C. Kronauer & S. O'Donnell. 2011. Choice of nest site protects army ant colonies from environmental extremes in tropical montane forest. Insectes Sociaux 58: 299-308.

80. O'Donnell, S., M. Kaspari, A. Kumar, J. Lattke & S. Powell. 2011. Elevational and geographic variation in army ant swarm raid rates. Insectes Sociaux 58: 293-298.

79. Kronauer, D.J.C., S. O'Donnell, J.J. Boomsma, & N.E. Pierce. 2011. Strict monandry in the ponerine army ant genus Simopelta suggests that colony size and complexity drive mating system evolution in social insects. Molecular Ecology 20: 420-428.

78. Lattke, J., S. O'Donnell, S. Powell, M. Kaspari. 2010. Las hormigas ecitoninas de Venezuela (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ecitoninae): elenco preliminar. Entomotropica, 22: 153-170.

77. McCann, S., O. Moeri, T. Jones, S. O'Donnell & G. Gries. 2010. Nesting and nest provisioning of the Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus). Journal of Raptor Research 44: 236-240.

76. O'Donnell, S., A. Kumar & C. Logan. 2010. Army ant raid attendance and bivouac-checking behavior by Neotropical montane forest birds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122: 503-512.

75. O'Donnell, S., M. Garcia, J. Beard, T. Chiwocha, D. Lewis, C. Liu, H. Phillips, & T. Williams. 2010. Leaf cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) harvest baits offering salt rewards. Insectes Sociaux 57: 205-208.

74. Smith, A.R., K.M. Kapheim, S. O'Donnell & W.T. Wcislo. 2009. Social competition but not subfertility leads to a division of labour in the facultatively social sweat bee Megalopta genalis (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Animal Behaviour 78: 1043-1050. Featured in the In Focus section of journal.

73. Molina, Y., Harris, R. & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Brain organization mirrors the evolution of caste determination, colony founding and nest architecture in paper wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 3345-3351.

72. Molina, Y. & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Males exhibit novel relationships of dominance with nest departure in the social paper wasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Ethology 115: 738-746.

71. Jones, T.A., N.A. Donlan & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Growth and pruning of mushroom body Kenyon cell dendrites during worker behavioral development in the paper wasp, Polybia aequatorialis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 92: 485-495 and Journal cover.

70. O'Donnell, S., J. Lattke, S. Powell & M. Kaspari. 2009. Species and site differences in Neotropical army ant emigration behavior. Ecological Entomology 34: 476-482.

69. Kumar, A., J.T. Longino, R.K. Colwell & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Elevational patterns of diversity and abundance of eusocial paper wasps (Vespidae) in Costa Rica. Biotropica 41: 338-346.

68. Molina, Y. & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Worker reproductive competition affects division of labour in a primitively social paperwasp (Polistes instabilis). Insectes Sociaux 56: 14-20.

67. Kumar, A. & S. O'Donnell. 2009. Elevation and forest clearing effects on foraging differ between surface and subterranean army ants (Formicidae: Ecitoninae). Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 91-97.

66. Molina, Y. & S. O'Donnell. 2008. A developmental test of the dominance-nutrition hypothesis: Linking adult feeding, aggression, and reproductive potential in the paperwasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution 20: 125-139.

65. Smith, A.R., W.T. Wcislo, & S. O'Donnell. 2008. Body size shapes caste expression, and cleptoparasitism reduces body size in the facultatively eusocial bees Megalopta (Halictidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 21: 394-406.

64. O'Donnell, S. 2008. Book review of The Evolution of Social Wasps (by James H. Hunt, 2007, Oxford University Press). Animal Behaviour 76: 2079-2080.

63. Molina, Y. & S. O'Donnell. 2008. Age, sex, and dominance-related mushroom body plasticity in the paperwasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus. Developmental Neurobiology 68: 950-959.

62. O'Donnell, S. & S.J. Bulova. 2007. Worker connectivity: a simulation model of variation in worker communication and its effects on task performance. Insectes Sociaux 54:203-210.

61. O'Donnell, S. & S.J. Bulova. 2007. Worker connectivity: a review of the design of worker communication systems and their effects on task performance in insect societies. Insectes Sociaux 54: 211-218.

60. Kumar, A. & S. O'Donnell. 2007. Fragmentation and elevation effects on bird-army ant interactions in Neotropical montane forest in Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 581-590.

59. Molina, Y. & S. O'Donnell. 2007. Mushroom body volume is related to social aggression and ovary development in the paperwasp Polistes instabilis. Brain Behavior and Evolution 70: 137-144.

58. O'Donnell, S., J. Lattke, S. Powell, & M. Kaspari. 2007. Army ants in four forests: Geographic variation in raid rates and species abundance. Journal of Animal Ecology 76: 580-586.

57. Smith, A.R., W.T. Wcislo, & S. O'Donnell. 2007 (Published online). Survival and productivity benefits to social nesting in the sweat bee Megalopta genalis (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

56. Gardner, K.E., R.L. Foster, & S. O'Donnell. 2007. Experimental analysis of worker division of labor in bumblebee nest thermoregulation (Bombus huntii, Hymenoptera: Apidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 783-792.

55. O'Donnell, S., N.A. Donlan, & T.A. Jones. 2007. Developmental and dominance-associated differences in mushroom body structure in the paper wasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus. Journal of Neurobiology 67: 39-46 (continued as Developmental Neurobiology).

54. O'Donnell, S. & A. Kumar. 2006. Microclimatic factors associated with elevational changes in army ant density in tropical montane forest. Ecological Entomology 31: 491-498.

53. O'Donnell, S. 2006. Polybia wasp biting interactions recruit foragers following experimental worker removals. Animal Behaviour 71: 709-715.

52. O'Donnell, S., M. Kaspari, and J. Lattke. 2005. Extraordinary Predation by the Neotropical Army Ant Cheliomyrmex andicola: Implications for the Evolution of the Army Ant Syndrome. Biotropica 37: 706-709.

51. Foster, R.L., A. Brunskill, D. Verdirame, & S. O'Donnell. 2004. Reproductive physiology, dominance interactions, and division of labour among bumble bee workers. Physiological Entomology 29: 327-334.

50. O'Donnell, S. & S.N. Beshers. 2004. The role of male disease susceptibility in the evolution of haplodiploid insect societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 271: 979-983.

49. O'Donnell, S., N.A. Donlan, & T.A. Jones. 2004. Mushroom body structural plasticity is associated with temporal polyethism in eusocial wasp workers. Neuroscience Letters 356: 159-162.

48. M. Kaspari & S. O’Donnell. 2003. High rates of army ant raids in the Neotropics and implications for ant colony and community structure. Evolutionary Ecology Research 5:933-939.

47. O'Donnell, S. 2003. The development of biting interactions and task performance in a tropical eusocial wasp. Behaviour 140: 255-267.

46. Smith, A.R., W.T. Wcislo, & S. O'Donnell. 2003. Assured fitness returns favor sociality in a mass-provisioning sweat bee, Megalopta genalis (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

45. Howard, K.J., A.R. Smith, S. O'Donnell & R.L. Jeanne. 2002. Novel method of swarm emigration by the epiponine wasp, Apoica pallens (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Ethology, Ecology and Evolution 14: 365-371.

44. Smith, A.R., S. O'Donnell, & R.L. Jeanne. 2002. Evolution of swarm communication in eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 15: 751-764.

43. O'Donnell, S. 2002. Caste. In: V. Resh and R.T. Cardé (eds) Encyclopedia of Insects. Academic Press. pp. 151-154. (Proof)

42. O'Donnell, S. 2002. Colonies. In: V. Resh and R.T. Cardé (eds) Encyclopedia of Insects. Academic Press. pp. 239-242. (Proof)

41. O'Donnell, S. and R.L. Jeanne. 2002. The nest as fortress: defensive behavior of Polybia emaciata, a mud-nesting eusocial wasp. 5 pp. Journal of Insect Science, 2.3. Available online: http://insectscience.org/2.3

40. O'Donnell, S. & F.J. Joyce. 2001. Seasonality and colony composition in the tropical eusocial wasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus Richards (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Biotropica. 33: 468-473.

39. Markiewicz, D.A. & S. O'Donnell. 2001. Social dominance, task performance and nutrition: implications for reproduction in eusocial wasps. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 187: 327-333.

38. Hunt, J.H., S. O'Donnell, N. Chernoff, & C. Brownie. 2001. Observations on two Neotropical Swarm-founding Wasps, Agelaia yepocapa and A. panamaensis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 98: 555-562.

37. O'Donnell, S. 2001. Worker age, ovary development, and temporal polyethism in the swarm-founding wasp Polybia occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 14: 201-213.

36. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Foster. 2001. Thresholds of response in nest thermoregulation by worker bumble bees, Bombus bifarius nearcticus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Ethology 107: 387-399.

35. O'Donnell, S. 2001. Worker biting interactions and task performance in a swarm-founding eusocial wasp (Polybia occidentalis, Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Behavioral Ecology12: 353-359.

34. Smith, A.R., S. O'Donnell, & R.L. Jeanne. 2001. Correlated evolution of colony defense and social structure: a comparative analysis in eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Evolutionary Ecology Research 3: 331-344.

33. O'Donnell, S., M. Reichardt, & R.L. Foster. 2000. Individual and colony factors in bumble bee division of labor (Bombus bifarius nearcticus Handl, Hymenoptera: Apidae). Insectes Sociaux 47: 164-170.

32. Kaspari, M., L. Alonso, & S. O'Donnell. 2000. Three energy variables predict ant abundance at a geographical scale. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 267: 485-489.

31. O'Donnell, S. 2000. Eusocial wasps (Vespidae: Polistinae). In: N.M. Nadkarni and N.T. Wheelright (eds) Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest. pp. 129-131 and p. 535. Oxford University Press.

30. O'Donnell, S. & F. Joyce. 2000. A dual mimicry complex involving eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). In: N.M. Nadkarni and N.T. Wheelright (eds) Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest. pp. 131-132. Oxford University Press.

29. Kaspari, M., S. O'Donnell & J.R. Kercher. 2000. Energy, density, and constraints to species richness: ant assemblages along a productivity gradient. The American Naturalist 155: 280-293.

28. O'Donnell, S. 1999. Book review of Parasites in Social Insects (by Paul Schmid-Hempel, 1998, Princeton University Press). Animal Behaviour 58: 453-454.

27. O'Donnell, S. & F.J. Joyce. 1999. Dual mimicry in the dimorphic eusocial wasp, Mischocyttarus mastigophorus Richards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 66:501-514.

26. Ranger, S. & S. O'Donnell. 1999. Genotypic effects on forager behavior in the Neotropical stingless bee Partamona bilineata (Hymenoptera: Meliponidae). Naturwissenschaften 86: 187-190.

25. O'Donnell, S. 1999. The function of male dominance in the eusocial wasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Ethology 105: 273-282.

24. O'Donnell, S. 1998. Dominance and polyethism in the eusocial wasp Mischocyttarus mastigophorus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 43: 327-331.

23. O'Donnell, S. 1998. Effects of experimental forager removals on division of labour in the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes instabilis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Behaviour 135: 173-193.

22. O'Donnell, S. 1998. Genetic effects on task performance, but not on age polyethism, in a swarm-founding eusocial wasp. Animal Behaviour 55: 417-426.

21. O'Donnell, S. 1998. Reproductive caste determination in eusocial wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Annual Review of Entomology 43: 323-346.

20. O'Donnell, S., J.H. Hunt, & R.L. Jeanne.1997. Gaster-flagging during colony defense in Neotropical swarm-founding wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Epiponini). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 70:175-180.

19. O'Donnell, S. 1997. How parasites can promote the expression of social behaviour in their hosts. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 264: 689-694.

18. O'Donnell, S. 1996. Reproductive potential and division of labor in wasps: are queen and worker behavior alternative strategies? Ethology Ecology and Evolution 8: 305-308.

17. O'Donnell, S. 1996. RAPD markers suggest genotypic effects on forager specialization in a eusocial wasp. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 38: 83-88.

16. O'Donnell, S. 1996. Dragonflies (Gynacantha nervosa Rambur) avoid wasps (Polybia aequatorialis Zavattari and Mischocyttarus sp.) as prey. Journal of Insect Behavior 9: 159-162.

15. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1995. Worker lipid stores decrease with outside-nest task performance in wasps: implications for the evolution of age polyethism. Experientia 51: 749-752.

14. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1995. Implications of senescence patterns for the evolution of age polyethism in eusocial insects. Behavioral Ecology 6: 269-273.

13. O'Donnell, S. 1995. Division of labor in post-emergence colonies of the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes instabilis de Saussure (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Insectes Sociaux 42: 17-29.

12. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1995. The roles of body size and dominance in division of labor among workers of the eusocial wasp Polybia occidentalis. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 68: 43-50.

11. O'Donnell, S. 1995. Necrophagy by neotropical swarm-founding wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Epiponini). Biotropica 27: 133-136.

10. O'Donnell, S. 1994. Nestmate copulation in the Neotropical eusocial wasp Polistes instabilis de Saussure (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Psyche 101: 33-36.

9. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1993. Methoprene accelerates age polyethism in workers of a social wasp (Polybia occidentalis). Physiological Entomology 18: 189-194.

8. O'Donnell, S. 1993. Interactions of predaceous katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) with Neotropical social wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): are wasps a defense mechanism or prey? Entomological News 104: 39-42.

7. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1992. Life-long patterns of forager behaviour in a tropical swarm-founding wasp: effects of specialization and activity level on longevity. Animal Behaviour 44: 1021-1027.

6. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1992. Forager success increases with experience in Polybia occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Insectes Sociaux 39: 451-454.

5. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1992. The effects of colony characteristics on longevity and foraging behavior of individual wasps (Polybia occidentalis, Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Epiponini). Insectes Sociaux 39: 73-80.

4. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1991. Interspecific occupation of a tropical social wasp colony (Polistes, Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 4: 397-400.

3. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1990. Forager specialization and the control of nest repair in Polybia occidentalis Olivier (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 27: 359-364.

2. O'Donnell, S. & R.L. Jeanne. 1990. Notes on an army ant (Eciton burchelli Westwood) raid of a social wasp nest (Agelaia yepocapa Richards) in Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 6: 507-509.

1. O'Donnell, S. 1989. A comparison of fruit removal by bats and birds from Piper hispidum Sw (Piperaceae), a tropical second growth shrub. Brenesia 31: 25-32.