Naomi Pierce

Naomi Pierce

Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology
Curator of Lepidoptera, Museum of Comparative Zoology
Naomi Pierce

Research Interests

Behavioral ecology and the evolution of species interactions; genetic mechanisms and biochemical signaling pathways underlying three-way interactions between plants, pathogens, and insects.

Related Publications

All of Professor Pierce's publications can be found on the Naomi Pierce Lab page.

Talavera, G, VA Lukhtanov, NE Pierce and R Vila (2012). Establishing criteria for higher-level classification using molecular data: the systematics of Polyommatus blue butterflies (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Cladistics 2012: 1-27. [doi: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00421.x]

Archetti, M, I Scheuring, M Hoffman, ME Frederickson, NE Pierce and DW Yu (2011). Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation. Ecology Letters 14: 1300-1312 [doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01697.x]

Archetti, M, F Úbeda, D Fudenberg, J Green, NE Pierce and DW Yu (2011). Let the Right One In: A Microeconomic Approach to Partner Choice in Mutualisms. The American Naturalist 177(1): 75-85 [doi: 10.1086/657622]

Basset, Y, R Eastwood, L Sam, DJ Lohman, V Novotny, T Treuer, SE Miller, GD Weiblen, NE Pierce, S Bunyavejchewin, W Sakchoowong, P Kongnoo, MA Osorio-Arenas (2011). Comparison of rainforest butterfly assemblages across three biogeographical regions using standardized protocols. The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 44: 17-28

Funaro, CF, DJC Kronauer, CS Moreau, B Goldman-Huertas, NE Pierce and JA Russell (2011). Army Ants Harbor a Host-Specific Clade of Entomoplasmatales Bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77: 346-350 [doi: 10.1128/AEM.01896-10]

Kronauer, DJC, S O'Donnell, JJ Boomsma and NE Pierce (2011). Strict monandry in the ponerine army ant genus Simopelta suggests that colony size and complexity drive mating system evolution in social insects. Molecular Ecology 20: 420-428 [doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04945.x]

Kronauer, DJC and NE Pierce (2011). Myrmecophiles. Current Biology 21: R208-R209

Kronauer, DJC, JJ Boomsma and NE Pierce (2011). Nine novel microsatellite markers for the army ant Simopelta pergandei (subfamily Ponerinae). Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 61-63

Ramírez, SR, T Eltz, MK Fujiwara, G Gerlach, B Goldman-Huertas, ND Tsutsui and NE Pierce (2011). Asynchronous diversification in a specialized plant-pollinator mutualism. Science 333: 1742-1746

Ugelvig, LV, R Vila, NE Pierce, DR Nash (2011). A phylogenetic revision of the Glaucopsyche section (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with special focus on the Phengaris-Maculinea clade. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61: 237-243 [doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.05.016]

Vila, R, CD Bell, R Macniven, B Goldman-Huertas, RH Ree, CR Marshall, Z Bálint, K Johnson, D Benyamini and NE Pierce (2011). Phylogeny and palaeoecology of Polyommatus blue butterflies show Beringia was a climate-regulated gateway to the New World. Proceedings of the Royal Society B published online 26 January 2011 [doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2213] [link]

Whiteman, NK, SC Groen, D Chevasco, A Bear, N Beckwith, T R Gregory, C Denoux, N Mammarella, F Ausubel and NE Pierce (2011). Mining the plant–herbivore interface with a leafmining Drosophila of Arabidopsis. Molecular Ecology 20: 995-1014 [doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04901.x]

Ramírez, SR, JC Nieh, TB Quental, DW Roubik, VL Imperatriz-Fonseca and NE Pierce (2010). A molecular phylogeny of the stingless bee genus Melipona (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 519-525 [doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2010.04.026]

Ram├¡rez, SR, DW Roubik, C Skov and NE Pierce (2010). Phylogeny, diversi´¼ücation patterns and historical biogeography of euglossine orchid bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 552-572

Sodhi, NS, TM Lee, CH Sekercioglu, EL Webb, DM Prawiradilaga, DJ Lohman, NE Pierce, AC Diesmos, M Rao and PR Ehrlich (2010). Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks. Biodiversity Conservation 19: 1175-1188 [doi: 10.1007/s10531-009-9745-9]

Vila, R, VA Lukhtanov, G Talavera, F Gil-T and NE Pierce (2010). How common are dot-like distributions? Taxonomical oversplitting in western European Agrodiaetus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) revealed by chromosomal and molecular markers. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101: 130-154

Weyl, EG, ME Frederickson, DW Yu and NE Pierce (2010). Economic contract theory tests models of mutualism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(36): 15712-15716 [doi: 10.1073/pnas.1005294107] [link]

See also: Weyl, EG, ME Frederickson, DW Yu and NE Pierce (2011). Reply to Kiers et al.: Economic and biological clarity in the theory of mutualism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(3)

Canfield, MR, NE Pierce (2010). Facultative Mimicry? The Evolutionary Significance of Seasonal Forms in Several Indo-Australian Butterflies in the Family Pieridae. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 20(1): 1-7

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Organismic & Evolutionary Biology



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