I am a terrestrial community ecologist and my current research uses laboratory studies and large-scale experimental field experiments to evaluate how 1) invasions by non-native plants and 2) abiotic stresses resulting from climate change alter biotic interactions (e.g., attack by seed predators, seed pathogens) to influence plant population growth and community structure. As a field ecologist I feel strongly that some of the best learning experiences and study questions result from observations and experiences made within natural settings.
Publications and Presentations
Connolly, BM, and JL Orrock (in revision). Habitat-specific capture timing of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) suggests that predators structure temporal activity of prey.
Connolly, BM, PW, Guiden, and JL Orrock (2017). Past freeze-thaw events on Pinus seeds increase seedling herbivory. Ecosphere 8(3) e01748.
Connolly, BM, LK, Agnew, and JL Orrock (2017). Interactive effects of fungicide and cold stratification on germination rate for five dominant tree species found in northern temperate forests. Forest Science. 63(3): 303–309.
Connolly, BM, JL Richards, and RN Mack (2017). Biotic constraints on the establishment and performance of native, naturalized, and invasive plants in Pacific Northwest (USA) steppe and forest. Neobiota. 34: 21–40.
Orrock, JL, BM Connolly, and AJ Kitchen (2017). Plant induced defenses reduce herbivory by increasing cannibalism among herbivores. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 1, 1205-1207.doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0231-6