Tania Kim

Tania Kim

Associate Professor

125 Waters Hall

Manhattan KS 66506

Phone: (785) 532-4709

Fax: (785) 532-6232


Website: kimecolab.com



B.S. – McGill University
M.S. – University of Florida
Ph.D. – Florida State University


I am a broadly trained community and landscape ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how environmental variability influences plant-insect interactions and biodiversity patterns. I use this basic knowledge about environmental variability to better manage insects and plants for conservation and sustainable agriculture, and to understand and predict how land-use and land-cover change influence insect biodiversity patterns and the provisioning of ecosystem services in agricultural and natural landscapes.


Economic Entomology (ENTOM 300) Spring term (annually)

Issues in Insect Ecology (ENTOM 692/892) Fall term (odd years)

Selected Publications (Complete list on Google Scholar)

*Anderson, M. A., R. Harman, and T. N. Kim. 2024. Ground beetle movement is deterred by habitat edges: a mark-release-recapture study on the effectiveness of border crops in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Insect Science (accepted)

Harman, R., and T. N. Kim. 2024. Differentiating spillover: an examination of cross-habitat movement in ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2023.2707

Robinson, M.L., P.G. Hahn, B.D. Inouye, N. Underwood, S.R. Whitehead, K.C. Abbott, E.M.
Bruna, N.I. Cacho, L.A. Dyer, [+179 authors including T.N. Kim]. 2023. Plant size, latitude, and phylogeny explain variability in global herbivory. Science. 382: 679-683. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adh8830

Kim, T. N., Bukhman, Y. V., Jusino, M. A., Scully, E. D., Spiesman, B. J., and Gratton, C. 2022. Using High-Throughput Amplicon Sequencing to Determine Diet of Generalist Lady Beetles in Agricultural Landscapes. Biological Control 170: 104920

*Stowe, H., Michaud, J.P., and T. N. Kim. 2021. Floral Resources Enhance Fecundity, but not Flight Activity, in a Specialized Aphid Predator, Hippodamia convergens (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.748870

*Ponce, M. A., Kim, T. N., and W. R. Morrison III. 2021. A Systematic Review of the Behavioral Responses by Stored-Product Arthropods to Individual or Blends of Microbially Produced Volatile Cues. Insects 12:391.

Tamburini, G., Santoiemma, G., O’Rourke, M. Bommarco, R., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Dainese, M., Karp, D. S., Kim, T. N., Martin, E. A., and L. Marini. 2020. Species traits elucidate crop pest response to landscape composition. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Kim, T. N., *Bartel, S., and C. Gratton. 2019. Annual harvesting influences isotopic signals of plants and ants; implications for trophic structure in grasslands. Ecology and Evolution. 9 (17): 9815-9826. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5523

Dainese, M., Martin, E., [+ 102 authors including T. N. Kim], and I. Steffan-Dewenter. 2019. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Science Advances. 5 (10) eaax0121 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0121

Kim, T. N., *Bartel, S., Wills, B. D., Landis, D. A., and C. Gratton. 2018. Harvesting differentially affects alpha and beta diversity of ant communities in tallgrass prairies. Ecosphere 9 (10) e02399. https://doi-org.er.lib.k-state.edu/10.1002/ecs2.2399

Karp, D. S, Chaplin-Kramer, R, Meehan, T.D. Martin, E. A., DeClerck, F., Grab, H. Gratton, C., Hunt, L., Larsen, A., Martinez-Salinas, A. O’Rourke, M., Rusch, A., Poveda, K., Jonsson, M., Rosenheim, J. A., Schellhorn, N., Tscharntke, T., Wratten, S. D., Zhang, W., Iverson, A. L., [+137 authors including Kim, T.N.]. 2018. Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1800042115