Matthew P. Ayres
Professor of Biological Sciences
Associate Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
Chair Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society
There are more than a million species of insects. A very few are notable pests that impact human welfare. What makes a pest? I study the population ecology of insects, especially forest pests. My lab group seeks to understand the forces that lead to high abundance and dramatic fluctuations in some species, and which stabilize the abundance of most species. Our research is basic, applied, usually collaborative, and sometimes interdisciplinary. My most important research colleagues are Dartmouth undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. Teaching at Dartmouth inspires my research and vice versa.
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
- B.S. University of Alaska at Fairbanks
- M.S. University of Alaska at Fairbanks
- Ph.D. Michigan State University
Ayres, M. P., M. J. Lombardero. 2018. Forest pests and their management in the Anthropocene. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48:292-301.
Valtonen, A., A. Hirka, L. Szocs, M. P. Ayres, H. Roininen, and G. Csoka. 2017. Long-term species loss and homogenization of moth communities in Central Europe. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:730-738. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12687
Lovett, Gary M., Marissa Weiss, Andrew M. Liebhold, Thomas P. Holmes, Brian Leung, Kathy-Fallon Lambert, David A. Orwig, Faith T. Campbell, Jonathan Rosenthal,Deborah G. McCullough, Radka Wildova, Matthew P. Ayres, Charles D. Canham, David R. Foster, Shannon L. LaDeau, Troy Weldy. 2016. Nonnative forest insects and pathogens in the United States: impacts and policy options. Ecological Applications 26: 1437-1455, doi: 10.1890/15-1176.1
Valtonen, Anu, Reima Leinonen, Juha Pöyry, Heikki Roininen, Jukka Tuomela, and Matthew P. Ayres. 2014. Is climate warming more consequential towards poles? The phenology of Lepidoptera in Finland. Global Change Biology 20:16-27