Dr. Joe A. LaManna

Dr. Joe LaManna
Dr. Joe A. LaMannaMarquette University

Wehr Life Sciences, 409

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1475LaManna Lab Website

Assistant Professor

Community and population ecology



B.S., 2003, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D., 2015, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2018, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Research Interests

My research explores the roles of species interactions in shaping community assembly, population dynamics, and biodiversity. I am interested in interactions across trophic levels as well as the ecological and evolutionary roles of both generalist enemies like nest predators and specialized enemies like soil microbes and other pathogens. I am also interested in how local species interactions scale up to influence regional or biogeographic processes. I address critical gaps in knowledge with a combination of field-based experiments, large-scale observational studies, and a wide range of quantitative approaches including multivariate statistics, null modeling, and simulation models of population and community dynamics.  I have worked with a variety of avian and plant communities in Montana, California, and Missouri. I have also led national and international collaborations using extensive datasets from the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survival) and the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) networks.

Selected Publications

LaManna, J. A., et al. 2017. Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale. Science 356:1389–1392.

LaManna, J. A., R. T. Belote, L. A. Burkle, C. Catano, & J. A. Myers. 2017. Negative density dependence mediates biodiversity-productivity relationships across scales. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1107–1115.

LaManna, J. A., & T. E. Martin. 2016. Costs of fear: behavioral and life-history responses to risk and their demographic consequences vary across species. Ecology Letters 19:403–413.


Cole Doolittle (Ph.D. student)
Madison Sutton (Ph.D. student)

Dr. LaManna is currently accepting new Ph.D. students into his lab

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