James Church

Vernal Pool Research

James Church

PhD
Biology

Office: 321 Jarvis Hall - Science Wing
Phone: 715/232-1448
Email: churchjam@uwstout.edu

Education

PhD. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Iowa State University. 2011

MS. Zoology. North Dakota State University. 2006.
BS. Wildlife Management and Biology (Double Major). University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 1999.
AS. Pre-Wildlife Management. Itasca Community College. 1997.

Research Interests

I am interested in nearly every aspect of biology. Most of my research interests include aquatic-community ecology, niche theory, biogeography, limnology, and landscape ecology. I am also interested in biological statistics, evolutionary biology, herpetology, ornithology, and ecological restoration.

Courses Taught

Biology 111. Science, the Environment, and Sustainability

Biology 350. Ecology
Biology 386. Introduction to Biostatistics
Statistics 320/520. Statistical Methods
Statistics 730. Biostatistics I
Statistics 731. Biostatistics II

 

RECENT GRANTS

2013, A.M. Little and J. Church. NSF DEB: RUI: Testing metacommunity models in forested vernal wetlands using a multi-taxa, multi-year approach. NSF-DEB. Awarded for $549,999. (DEB-1256142)

PRESENTATIONS

Oral Presentations

2012 Church, J.O. and K. Carlson. Implementing the principles of universal design of instruction to increase engagement in environmental conservation. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. Santa Clara, California.

2012 James, K. and J. Church. Integrating water quality monitoring and service learning in university science labs. Wisconsin Campus Compact's Northwest Regional Network Gathering. Menomonie, Wisconsin.

2011 Church, J.O. and D.C. Adams. Putting the niche into macroecology: The n-dimensional hypervolume, limiting similarity, and population ecology in Plethodon salamander communities. Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2010 Church, J.O. Limiting similarity in trophic morphology: Its consequences for local community structure, and distributional limits. Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Providence, Rhode Island.

2007 Church, J.O. and D.C. Adams. Ecological niche modeling, interspecific competition, and range restriction in Plethodon salamander communities. Conference on the biology of Plethodontid salamanders. Chiapis, Mexico.

2007 Church, J.O. and D.C. Adams. Ecological niche modeling, interspecific competition, and range restriction in Plethodon salamander communities. Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. St. Louis, Missouri.

2005 Church, J.O., M.A. Hanson, M.G. Butler, and A.T. Miller. Effects of timber harvest on the aquatic invertebrate communities in seasonally-inundated forest wetlands: Efficacy of buffer strips. Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

2004 Church, J.O., M.A. Hanson, M.G. Butler, and A.T. Miller. Effects of Timber Harvest on Forested Seasonal Wetlands on the Aquatic Invertebrate Community: Efficacy of Buffer Strips. Joint meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society and Minnesota Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Brainerd, Minnesota. 

2003 Church, J.O., A.T. Miller, M.A. Hanson, and M.G. Butler. Environmental Constraints on the Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in Forested Seasonal Wetlands. 1st annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND. 

Poster Presentations
2010 Church, J.O. and A. Heathcote. Detrending without detrending: Re-examining the arch effect in ecological ordination. Joint meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the North American Benthological Society. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2007 Church, J.O. and D.C. Adams. Amphibians do not follow Bergmann’s rule. Conference on the biology of Plethodontid Salamanders. Chiapas, Mexico.

2007 Church, J.O. and D.C. Adams. Amphibians do not follow Bergmann’s rule. Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. St. Louis, Missouri.

2004 Church, J.O., M.A. Hanson, M.G. Butler, and B.J. Palik. Effects of timber harvest on the aquatic invertebrate communities in seasonally-inundated forest wetlands: Efficacy of buffer strips. Annual meeting of the North American Benthological Society. Vancouver, British Columbia.

PUBLICATIONS
1. Adams, D.C., and J.O. Church. 2008. Amphibians do not follow Bergmann's rule. Evolution. 62:413-420.

2. Miller, A.T., M.A., Hanson, J.O. Church, B. Palik, S.E. Bowe, and M.G. Butler. 2008. Invertebrate community variation in seasonal forest wetlands: implications for sampling and analyses. Wetlands. 28:874-881.

3. Deitloff, J., J.O. Church, D.C. Adams, and R.G. Jaeger. 2009. Interspecific agonistic behaviors in a salamander community: implications for alpha-selection. Herpetologica. 65:174-182.

4. Hanson, M.A., B.J. Palik, J.O. Church, and A.T. Miller. 2010. Influences of upland timber harvest on aquatic invertebrate communities in seasonal ponds: efficacy of forested buffers. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 18:255-267.

5. Adams, D.C., and J.O. Church. 2011. The evolution of large-scale body size clines in Plethodon: evidence of heat-balance of species-specific artifact? Ecography 34:1067-1075.

6. Church, J.O., and D.C. Adams. Using ecological niche modeling to generate and examine spatial hypotheses of competition: an example in Plethodon salamanders. (In Prep for PLOS-1)

7. Church, J.O., and D.C. Adams. The interplay of environment and species interactions in regulating species distributions and communities in Plethodon salamanders in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. (In Prep for Journal of Animal Ecology)