Tania Kim

Tania Kim

Assistant Professor

125 Waters Hall

Manhattan KS 66506

Phone: (785) 532-4709

Fax: (785) 532-6232


Website: kimecolab.com



B.S. – McGill University (1999)
M.S. – University of Florida (2006)
Ph.D. – Florida State University (2012)


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)

Publications - Past three years: (* student author)

*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

*Van Winkle, T., *Ponce, M.,*Quellhorst, H., Bruce, A., Albin, C. E., Kim, T. N., Zhu, K. Y., and W. R. Morrison III. 2021. Microbial volatile organic compounds mediate attraction by a primary but not secondary stored product insect pest in wheat. Journal of Chemical Ecology .

*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.

Cates, A. M., Wills, B. D., Kim, T. N., Gratton, C. Landis, D. A., and R. D. Jackson. 2020. No evidence of top-down control by ants found on decomposition rates in temperate grasslands. Ecosphere.

*Stowe, H., Michaud, J.P., and T. N. Kim. 2020. The Benefits of Omnivory for Reproduction and Life History of a Specialized Aphid Predator, Hippodamia convergens (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Environmental Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvaa154

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.

Wills, B.D., Kim, T.N., Fox, A. F., Gratton, C. and D. A. Landis. 2019. Reducing native ant abundance decreases predation rates in Midwestern grasslands. Environmental Entomology. 48(6):1360-1368 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvz127

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