Evan P. Economo

I am a biologist with broad interests in the ecology and evolution of biodiversity.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in Virginia and North Carolina before pursuing undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin.  I was a fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan from 2009-2012 where I remain a Visiting Assistant Professor.  In 2012 I moved to the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology as an Assistant Professor where I lead the Arilab.

Please visit our research pages for more on the projects we are working on in the lab.

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EDUCATION

  • 2009 Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin.  Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior.
  • 2002  B.S. University of Arizona. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Other Training:

  • 2006  California Academy of Sciences ‘Ant Course.’ Cairns, Australia.
  • 2004 Santa Fe Institute ‘Complex Systems Summer School.’ Qingdao University, China

APPOINTMENTS

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

  • 2020-present:   Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit
  • 2012-2020:   Assistant Professor,  Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit
  • 2011-2012:   Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Michigan

  • 2009-2012:   Postdoctoral Fellow – Michigan Society of Fellows, Assistant Professor (non tenure-track), Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012-2017:   Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

PUBLICATIONS

Book

  • Sarnat, E.M., & Economo, E.P. 2012. The Ants of Fiji. University of California Press.

Journal Articles

2020-
  • Miao, B.G., Peng, Y.Q., Yang, D.R., Kubota, Y., Economo, E.P., Liu, C. (In Press) Climate and land-use interactively shape butterfly diversity in tropical rainforest and savanna ecosystems of southwestern China. Insect Science.
  • Richter, A., Keller, R.A., Hita Garcia, F., Billen, J., Economo, E.P.*, Beutel, R.G.* (In Press) Comparative analysis of worker head anatomy of Formica and Brachyponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny.  *joint supervision
  • Beutel, R.G., Richter, A., Keller, R., Hita Garcia, F., Matsumura, Y., Economo, E.P., Gorb, S.N. (In Press) Distal leg structures of the Aculeata (Hymenoptera): a comparative evolutionary study of Sceliphron (Sphecidae) and Formica (Formicidae). Journal of Morphology.
  • Liu, C., Friedman, N.R., Hita Garcia, F., Darwell, C., Booher, D., Mikheyev, A., Economo, E.P.. (In Press) Colonize, radiate, decline: unraveling the dynamics of island community assembly with Fijian trap-jaw ants. Evolution.
  • Cicconardi, F., Gamisch, A., Krapf, P., Wagner, H.C., Nguyen, A.D., Economo, E.P., Mikheyev, A.S., Guenard, B., Arthofer, W., Steiner, F.M. (In Press) Strong diversifying and relaxed purifying selection are shifting the evolutionary equilibrium of the alpine ant Tetramorium alpestre (Insecta: Hymenoptera) genome. Molecular Biology & Evolution.
  • Yoshimura, M., Suwabe, M., Ikeda, T., Ogasawara, M., Economo, E.P.. (2020) Development and Implementation of a workshop on alien species and Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) for elementary school students. Japanese Journal of Science Communication 26: 39-56 (in Japanese, original citation: 吉村正志, 諏訪部真友子, 池田貴子, 小笠原昌子, エヴァン・エコノモ (2020) 小学生向け外来種&ヒアリ学習ワークショップの開発と実践. 科学技術コミュニケーション, 26: 39-56.)
  • Mao, Y., Qian, H., Economo, E.P. (2020) TREEasy: an automated workflow for the inference of gene trees, species trees, and phylonetworks from molecular sequences. Molecular Ecology Resources 20:832-840.
  • Guo, F., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P., Deutsch, C., Bonebrake, T. (2020). Activity niches outperform thermal physiological limits in predicting global ant distributions. Journal of Biogeography 47: 829-842.
  • Darwell, C., Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Friedman, N.R., Liu, C., Baiao, G., Mikheyev, A.S. Economo, E.P. (2020). Genomic and phenomic analysis of island ant community assembly. Molecular Ecology.
  • Wepfer, P., Nakajima, Y., Hui, F.K.C., Mitarai, S.*, Economo, E.P.* (2020). Metacommunity ecology of symbionts (Symbiodiniaceae) hosted by the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 633: 71-87. *joint supervision
  • Choo, J., Gill, B., Zuur, A., Zent, E., Economo, E.P. (2020) Impacts of an indigenous settlement on taxonomic and functional dung beetle diversity in the Venezuelan Amazon. Biodiversity and Conservation 29: 207-228.
2019-
  • Friedman, N., Miller, E., Ball, J., Kasuga, H., Remeš, V.*, Economo, E.P.* (2019). Evolution of a multifunctional trait: shared effects of foraging ecology and thermoregulation on beak morphology, with consequences for song evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B. *joint supervision
  • Hita Garcia, F., Lieverman, Z., Audisio, T., Liu, C., Economo, E.P. (2019) Revision and microtomography of the cryptic and highly specialized ant genus Discothyrea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3: 5.
  • Sarnat, E.M., Hita Garcia, F., Dudley, K., Liu, C., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2019) Ready Species One: exploring the use of augmented reality to enhance systematic biology with a revision of Fijian Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity 3: 6.
  • Sharaf, M.R., Aldawood, A.S., Economo, E.P., Wachkoo, A.A., Hita Garcia, F. (2019) Taxonomy of Arabian Temnothorax Mayr (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) with description of a new species enhanced by micro-CT next-generation morphology. Scientific Reports 9: 11009.
  • Friedman, N.R., Remeš, V., Economo, E.P. (2019) A morphological integration perspective on the evolution of dimorphism in sexes and social insect castes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 59: 410-419.
  • Ross, S.R.P.-J., Friedman, N., Janicki, J., Economo, E.P. (2019) A test of trophic and functional island biogeography theory with the avifauna of a continental archipelago. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1392- 1405.
  • Richter, A., Keller, R., Rosumek, F.B., Economo, E.P., Hita Garcia, F., Beutel, R. (2019) The cephalic anatomy of workers of the ant species Wasmania affinis (Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta) and its evolutionary implications. Arthropod Structure and Development 49: 26-49.
  • Takashina, N., Kusumoto, B., Kubota,Y., Economo, E.P. (2019) A geometric approach to scaling individual distributions to macroecological patterns. Journal of Theoretical Biology 461: 170-188.
  • Economo, E.P., Huang, J.P., Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Janda, M., Narula, N., Guénard, B., Longino, J., Knowles, L.L. (2019) Evolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28: 456-470.
  • Agavekar, G., Agashe, D., Economo, E.P. (2019) Dimensions of ant diversity on a small tropical island. Insect Conservation and Diversity 12: 161-171.
2018-
  • Mao, Y., Economo, E.P., Satoh, N. (2018) The roles of introgression and climate change in the rise to dominance of Acropora corals. Current Biology 28: 1-10.
  • Moser, D., Lenzer, B., Weigelt, P., Dawson, W., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., van Kleunen, M., Winter, M., Capinha, C., Cassey, P., Dullinger, S., Economo, E.P., García-Díaz, P., Guénard, B., Hofhansl, F., Mang, T., Seebens, H., Essl, F. (2018) Remoteness promotes biological invasions on islands worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 9270-9275.
  • Khalife, A., Keller, R.A., Billen, J., Hita Garcia, F., Economo, E.P., & Peeters, C. (2018) Skeletomuscular adaptations of head and legs of Melissotarsus ants for tunnelling through living wood. Frontiers in Zoology 15: 30.
  • Barlow, J., Franca, F., Gardner, T.A., Hicks, C., Lennox, G., Berenguer, E., Castello, L., Economo, E.P., Ferreira, J., Guénard, B., Leal, C.G., Isaac, V., Lees, A., Parr, C., Wilson, S., Young, P., Graham, N. (2018) The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems. Nature 559: 517-526.
  • Staab, M., Hita Garcia, F., Liu, C., Xu, Z.H., Economo, E.P. (2018) Systematics of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Proceratiinae) in China – with descriptions of three new species based on micro-CT enhanced next-generation morphology. Zookeys 770: 137-102.
  • Iglesias, T., Dornburg, A., Warren, D., Wainwright, P., Schmitz, L., Economo, E.P.. (2018) Eyes wide shut: The impact of dim-light vision on neural investment in marine teleosts. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 1082-1092.
  • Economo, E.P., Narula, N., Friedman, N.R., Weiser, M.D., Guénard, B. (2018) Macroecology and macroevolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient in ants. Nature Communications 9: 1778.
  • Matos-Maravi, P., Clouse, R.M., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P., LaPolla, J.S., Borovanska, M., Rabeling, C., Czekanski-Moir, J., Latumahina, F., Wilson, E.O., Janda, M. (2018) An ant genus-group (Prenolepis) illuminates the biogeography and drivers of insect diversification in the Indo-Pacific. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12: 16-25.
  • Seebens, H., …48 authors including Economo, E.P. …Essl, F.(2018) Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: E2264-E2273.
  • Ross, S. R. P-J., Friedman, N., Dudley, K., Yoshimura, M., Economo, E.P. (2018) Listening to ecosystems: data-rich acoustic monitoring through landscape-scale sensor networks. Ecological Research 33: 135-147.
  • Liu, C., Dudley, K., Xu, Z., Economo, E.P. (2018) Mountain metacommunities: climate and spatial connectivity shape ant diversity in a complex landscape. Ecography 41: 101-112.
2017
  • Agavekar, G., Hita Garcia, F., Economo, E.P. (2017) Taxonomic overview of Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands. PeerJ 5:e3800; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3800
  • Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Liu, C., Audisio, T., Economo, E.P. (2017) Next-generation morphological character discovery and evaluation: an X-ray micro-CT enhanced revision of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) in the Afrotropics. ZooKeys 693: 33-93.
  • Sarnat, E.M., Friedman, N.R., Fischer, G., Lecroq, B., Economo, E.P. (2017) Rise of the spiny ants: diversification, ecology, and function of extreme traits in the hyperdiverse genus Pheidole. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122: 514-538.
  • Friedman, N., Harmáčková, L., Economo, E.P., Remeš, V. (2017) Smaller beaks for colder winters: thermoregulation drives beak size evolution in Australian songbirds. Evolution 71:2120-2129.
  • Choo, J., Carasco, C., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Simpson, B., Economo, E.P. (2017) Life history traits influence the strength of distance- and density-dependence at different life stages of two Amazonian palms. Annals of Botany 120: 147-158
  • Dawson, W., Moser, D., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pysek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Lenzer, B., Blackburn, T., Dyer, E., Cassey, P., Scrivens, S., Economo, E.P., Guénard, B., Capinha, C., Seebens, H., Nentwig, W., Berthou, E., Casal, C., Essl, F. (2017) Global hotspots and drivers of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1: 0186.
  • Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G, Liu, C.,Audisio, T.L., Alpert, G. D., Fisher, B. L., Economo, E.P. X-Ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: An exploration and case study with two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar.  PLoS ONE 12: e0172641.
  • Guénard, B., Weiser, M. D., Gómez, K., Narula, N., Economo, E.P. (2017) The Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics (GABI) database: synthesizing data on the geographic distribution of ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).Myrmecological News 24: 83-89.
  • Economo, E. P., Janda, M., Guénard, B., Sarnat, E.M. (2017) Assembling a species–area curve through colonization, speciation and human-mediated introduction. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1088-1097.
  • Lasky, J. R., Keitt, T. H., Weeks, B. C., Economo, E. P. (2017) A hierarchical model of whole assemblage island biogeography. Ecography 40: 982-990. 
2016-
  • Wepfer, P., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P.  (2016) Influences of climate and historical land connectivity on ant beta diversity in East Asia. Journal of Biogeography 43: 2311–2321.
  • Sukumaran, J., Economo, E. P., Knowles, L.L. (2016) Machine learning biogeographic processes from biotic pattern: a trait-driven dispersal and diversification model with model-choice by simulation-trained discriminant analysis of Principal Components Classification. Systematic Biology 65: 525-545.
  • Sarnat, E.M., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2016) Inordinate Spinescence: Taxonomic Revision and Microtomography of the Pheidole cervicornis Species Group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). PLoS ONE 11: e0156709.
  • Liu, C., Guénard, B., Blanchard, B., Peng, Y., Economo, E.P. (2016) Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity patterns after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecological Monographs 86: 215-227.
  • Janicki, J., Narula, N., Ziegler, M., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2016) Visualizing and interacting with large-volume biodiversity data using client-server web-mapping applications: The design and implementation of antmaps.org. Ecological Informatics 32: 185-193.
  • Jaitrong, W., Guénard, B.,Economo, E.P., Buddhakala, N., Yamane, S. (2016) A checklist of known ant species of Laos (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Asian Myrmecology 8: 1-32.
  • Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P. (2016) Revision and microtomography of the Pheidole knowlesi group, an endemic ant radiation from Fiji (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae). PLoS ONE 11: e0158544.
  • Bharti, H., Guénard, B., Bharti, M., Economo, E.P. (2016) An updated checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of India with their specific distributions in Indian states. ZooKeys 551: 1-83.
  • Economo, E.P., Hong, L., Page, S.E. (2016) Social structure, endogenous diversity, and collective accuracy. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 125: 212-231.
2015-
  • Sarnat, E.M., Fischer, G., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2015) Introduced Pheidole of the world: taxonomy, distribution, and biology. ZooKeys 543: 1-109.
  • Liu, C., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2015). A rare ant on Samoa: first record of the cryptic subfamily Proceratiinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and description of a new Proceratium Roger species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 46:35-44.
  • Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2015). Additions to the checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Peru. Zootaxa 440: 225-235.
  • Fischer, G., Azorsa, F., Hita Garcia, F., Mikheyev, A.S., Economo, E.P. (2015). Two new phragmotic ant species from Africa: morphology and next-generation sequencing solve a caste association problem in the genus Carebara Westwood. ZooKeys 525: 77-105.
  • Guénard, B., Perrichiot, V., Economo, E.P. (2015). Integration of global fossil and modern biodiversity data reveals dynamism and stasis in ant macroecological patterns. Journal of Biogeography 42: 2302-2312.
  • Economo, E.P., Sarnat, E.M., Janda, M., Clouse, R., Klimov, P.,Fischer, G., Blanchard, B.D., Ramirez, L.N., Andersen, A., Berman, M., Guénard, B., Lucky, A., Rabeling, C., Wilson, E.O., Knowles, L.L. (2015). Breaking out of biogeographic modules: range expansion and taxon cycles in Indo-Pacific. Pheidole Journal of Biogeography 42: 2289-2301.
  • Triantis, K.*, Economo, E.P.*, Guilhammon, F., Ricklefs, R. (2015). Diversity regulation at the macro-scales: the case of Oceanic archipelagoes.Global Ecology & Biogeography 24: 594-605*equally contributing first authors 
  • Liu, C., Hita Garcia, F., Peng, Y., Economo, E.P. (2015).  Aenictus yangi sp. n. – a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 42: 33-45.
  • Liu, C., Guénard, B., Hita Garcia, F., Yamane, S., Blanchard, B.,Yang, D.-R., Economo, E.P. (2015). New records of ant species from Yunnan, China. ZooKeys 477: 17-78.
  • Hita Garcia, F., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P. (2015). Revision of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Proceratiinae) in Fiji. ZooKeys 475: 97-112.
  • Economo, E.P., P. Klimov, Sarnat, E.M., Guénard, B., Lecroq, B., Knowles, L.L. (2015). Global phylogenetic structure of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole reveals the repeated evolution of macroecological patterns. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 282: 1-10.
  • Clouse, R. M., Janda, M., Blanchard, B., Sharma, P., Hoffmann, B.D., Andersen, A.N., Czekanski-Moir, J.E., Krushelnycky, P., Rabeling, C., Wilson, E.O., Economo,  E.P., Sarnat, E.M., D.M. General, G. D. Alpert, and W. C. Wheeler. (2015). Molecular phylogeny of Indo-Pacific carpenter ants (Hymenoptera : Formicidae, Camponotus) reveals waves of dispersal and colonization from diverse source areas.Cladistics 31: 1-14.
2014 and earlier
  • Sarnat, E. M., Rabeling, C., Economo, E.P., Wilson, E.O. (2014). First record of a species from the New World Pheidole flavens-complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) introduced to the southwestern Pacific. Bioinvasions Records 3:301-307
  • Tin, M. M.-Y., Economo, E.P., Mikheyev., A.S. (2014). Sequencing Degraded DNA from Non-Destructively Sampled Museum Specimens for RAD-Tagging and Low-Coverage Shotgun PhylogeneticsPLoS ONE 9: e96793.
  • Guénard, B., Blanchard, B., Liu, C., Yang, D.-R., Economo, E.P. (2013). Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734: 371-379.
  • Sarnat, E. M., Blanchard, B., Guénard, B., Fasi, J., Economo, E.P. (2013). Checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the Solomon Islands and a new survey of Makira Island. ZooKeys 256: 47-88.
  • Sarnat, E. M., Economo, E.P. (2013). Pristomyrmex tsujii sp. n. and P. mandibularis Mann (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from Fiji. ZooKeys 340: 43-61.
  • Economo, E.P., Sarnat, E.M. (2012).  Revisiting the ants of Melanesia and the taxon cycle: historical and human mediated invasions of a tropical archipelago. The American Naturalist 180: E1-E16. (Presidential award from ASN for best paper of 2012 in Am. Nat.)
  • Economo, E.P. (2011). Biodiversity conservation in metacommunity networks: linking pattern and persistence. The American Naturalist 177: E167-180. (highlighted by Faculty of 1000)
  • Leibold, M., Economo, E.P., Peres-Neto, P. (2010). Metacommunity Phylogenetics: Separating the roles of environmental filters and historical biogeography. Ecology Letters 13: 1290-1299
  • Economo, E. P., & Keitt, T.H. (2010). Network isolation and local diversity in neutral metacommunities. Oikos 119: 1355-1363.
  • Cowperthwaite, M., Economo, E.P., Harcombe W., Miller, E., Meyers, L.A. (2008).  The ascent of the abundant: How mutational networks constrain evolution. PLoS Computational Biology 4: e1000110.
  • Economo, E. P., & Keitt, T.H. (2008). Species diversity in neutral metacommunities: a network approach. Ecology Letters 11: 52-62.  (highlighted by Faculty of 1000)
  • Enquist, B. J., Kerkhoff, A.J., Huxman, T.E., Economo, E.P. (2007). Adaptive differences in plant physiology and ecosystem paradoxes: insights from metabolic scaling theory. Global Change Biology 13: 591-609.
  • Economo, E.P., Kerkhoff, A.J., Enquist., B.J. (2005) Allometric growth, life history invariants, and population energetics. Ecology Letters 8: 353-360.
  • Enquist, B.J., Economo, E.P., Huxman, T.E., Allen, A.P., Ignace, D.D., Gillooly, J. (2003). Scaling metabolism from organisms to ecosystems. Nature 423: 639-642.