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Kim, Tania

Tania KimAssistant Professor

125 Waters Hall

Manhattan KS 66506

Phone: (785) 532-4709

Fax: (785) 532-6232


Website: taniakimecology.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.


Publications - Past three years:

1. 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 prairie grasslands. In press at Ecosphere.
2. 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., Zhang, W., Ives, A., Jonsson, M., Rosenheim, J. A., Schellhorn, N., Tscharntke, T., Wratten, S. D., [+112 authors including Kim, T.N.]. 2018. Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. In press at Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences.
3. Kim, T. N. 2017. Neighborhood composition influences damage to plants and four mechanisms of associational resistance and susceptibility. PlosOne 12(5): e0176499. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176499.
4. Kim, T. N., Fox, A. F., Wills, B. D., Meehan, T. M, Landis, D. A., and C. Gratton. 2017. Annual harvesting of biofuel grasslands has mixed effects on natural enemy communities and no effect on biocontrol services. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12901.
5. Fox, A. F., T. N. Kim, C. A. Bahlai, J. M. Woltz, C. Gratton, and D. A. Landis. 2016. Cover crops have neutral effects on predator communities and biological control services in annual cellulosic bioenergy cropping systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 232: 101–109.
6. *Wenninger, A., T.N. Kim, B. J. Spiesman, and C. Gratton. 2016. Contrasting foraging patterns: testing resource-concentration and dilution effects with pollinators and seed predators. Insects. 7:23.
7. Gratton, C, M. Casler, R. Groves, and T. N. Kim. 2015. Insecticide applications have minor effects on switchgrass biomass yield. Agronomy Journal. 107: 2031–2037.
8. Kim, T.N., B.J. Spiesman, A.L. Buchanan, A. Hakes, S. Halpern, B.D. Inouye, A. Kilanowski, N. Kortessis, D.W. McNutt, A.C. Merwin, and N. Underwood. 2015. Selective manipulation of a non-dominant plant and its herbivores affects an old-field plant community. Plant Ecology. 216:1029–1045.
9. Kim, T.N. and N. Underwood. 2015. Plant neighborhood effects on herbivory: Damage is both density and frequency dependent. Ecology. 96: 1431–1437.
10. Liere, H., T.N. Kim, B.P. Werling, T.D. Meehan, D.A. Landis, C. Gratton. 2015. Trophic cascades in agricultural landscapes: indirect effects of landscape composition on crop yield. Ecological Applications. 25: 652–661.