Jeffrey C. Nekola - Curriculum Vitae
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
(505) 277-6270 (Office)
(505) 277-0304 (Fax)
1987-1994: Ph.D. (Ecology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Major advisor: Peter S. White. Thesis: Ecology and biogeography of isolated habitats: fens and algific talus slopes in northeastern Iowa
1983-1987: B.A. (Biology), Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Major advisor: Paula Sanchini. Senior Honors Thesis: Ecological and floristic analysis of the 30th Street Woods, Linn County, Iowa.
2013- Editorial Board, Malacologia
2011- Editor for Pulmonate Gastropods, Zootaxa
2009- Associate Editor, Journal of Molluscan Studies
2007- Research Associate, Biology Division, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2005- Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
2004- Research Associate, Section of Molluscs, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2001- Board of Advisors, Seed Savers Exchange
2000-2004 Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
1994-2000 Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
1987-1994 Research and Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
1987 Field Assistant, Iowa Pleistocene Snail Project.
1986 Intern, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution.
HONORS AND SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
R.T. Abbott Visiting Curator, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, 2009
Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2009
UNC-Chapel Hill Distinguished Graduate Alumni (Ecology), 2003.
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1987-1991.
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow, 1987.
Phi Kappa Phi James R. Slater Fellow, 1987.
McElroy Graduate Fellow, 1987.
Suma Kum Laude Graduate, Coe College, 1987.
Phi Beta Kappa, 1987.
Intern of the Year Award, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution, 1986.
Phi Kappa Phi, 1986.
1. Peer-reviewed Books
2. Edited Volumes
3. Peer-reviewed Articles
Nekola, J.C., J.H. Brown, A. Kodric-Brown & J.G. Okie. In press. Global sustainability vs. the MDD: a response to Rull. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
Nekola, J.C. In press. Overview of the North American terrestrial gastropod fauna. American Malacological Bulletin.
Nekola, J.C. In press. Biological Refugia. In: MacLeod, N., D.J. Archibald & P. Levin (eds), Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction. Gale Publishing, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Nekola, J.C. & G. Rosenberg. In press. Vertigo marciae (Gastropoda, Vertiginidae), a new land snail from Jamaica. The Nautilus.
Nekola, J.C., G.M. Barker, R.A.D. Cameron & B.M. Pokryszko. In press. Latitudinal variation of body size in land snail populations and communities In: Smith, F. & K. Lyons (eds), Animal Body Size: Linking Pattern and Process across Space, Time, and Taxonomic Group. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Brown, J.H., J.R. Burger, W.R. Burnside, M. Chang, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola & J.G. Okie. In press. Macroecology meets macroeconomics: resource scarcity and global sustainability. Ecological Engineering.
Nekola, J.C., C.D. Allen, J.H. Brown, J.R. Burger, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva & J.G. Okie. 2013. The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 28:127-130.
Rakovan, M.T., J.A. Rech, J.S. Pigati, J.C. Nekola & G.C. Wiles. 2013. An evaluation of Mesodon and other large terrestrial gastropod shells for dating late Holocene and historic alluvium in the midwestern USA. Geomorphology. 193:47-56.
Burger, J.R., J.H. Brown, C.D. Allen,, W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie & W. Zuo. 2012. The Macroecology of Sustainability. PLoS Biology. 10:e1001345.
Nekola, J.C., A. Jones, G. Martinez, S. Martinez, K. Mondragon, T. Lebeck, J. Slapcinsky & S. Chiba. 2012. Vertigo shimochii Kuroda & Amano 1960 synonymized with Gastrocopta servilis (Gould, 1843) based on conchological and DNA sequence data. Zootaxa. 3161:48-52.
Rech, J.A., J.C. Nekola & J.S. Pigati. 2012. Radiocarbon ages of terrestrial gastropods extend duration of ice-free conditions at the Two Creeks forest bed, Wisconsin, USA. Quaternary Research. 77:289-292.
Pigati, J.S., D.M. Miller, S.A. Mahan, J.A. Bright, J.C. Nekola & J.B. Paces. 2011. Chronology, sedimentology, and microfauna of ground-water discharge deposits in the central Mojave Desert, Valley Wells, California. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 123:2224-2239.
Brown, J.H., W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, J.P. DeLong, W.C. Dunn, M.J. Hamilton, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, N. Mercado-Silva, W.H. Woodruff & W. Zuo. 2011. Energetic Limits to Economic Growth. Bioscience. 61:19-26.
Hotopp, K.P., T.A. Pearce, J.C. Nekola & K. Schmidt. 2010. New land snail (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) distribution records for New York state. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 159:25-30.
Nekola, J.C., B.F. Coles & U. Bergthorsson. 2009. Evolutionary pattern and process in the Vertigo gouldii (Mollusca: Pulmonata, Pupillidae) group of minute North American land snails. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53:1010-1024.
Moses, M.E., C. Hou, W.H. Woodruff, G.B. West, J.C. Nekola, W. Zuo & J.H. Brown. 2008. A General Model of Ontogenetic Growth II: Estimating Model Parameters from Theory and Data. The American Naturalist. 171: 632-645.
Stanisic, J, R.A.D. Cameron, B.M. Pokryszko & J.C. Nekola. 2007. Forest snail faunas from S.E. Queensland and N.E. New South Wales (Australia): Patterns of local and regional richness and differentiation. Malacologia. 49:445-462.
Kraft, C.E., P.J. Sullivan, A.Y. Karatayev, L.E. Burlakova, J.C. Nekola, L.E. Johnson & D.K. Padilla. 2002. Landscape patterns of an aquatic invader: assessing dispersal extent from spatial distributions. Ecological Applications. 12:749-759.
Nekola, J.C. & B.F. Coles. 2001. Systematics and ecology of Gastrocopta (Gastrocopta) rogersensis (Gastropoda: Pupillidae), a new species from the midwest of the United States of America. The Nautilus. 115:105-114.
Larson, D.W., U. Mattes-Sears, J.A. Gerrath, N.W.K. Larson, J.M. Gerrath, J.C. Nekola, G.L. Walker, S. Porembski & A. Charlton. 2000. Evidence for the widespread occurrence of ancient forests on cliffs. Journal of Biogeography. 27:319-331.
Nekola, J.C. 1998. Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaeniidae, Nymphalidae, and Satyridae) faunas of three peatland habitat types in the Lake Superior drainage basin of Wisconsin. Great Lakes Entomologist. 31:27-37.
Carter, J.G. & J.C. Nekola. 1992. Molluscan fauna of the Pungo River Formation, Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina. Pages 131-144 in: J.G. Carter and L.W. Ward (eds), Cenozoic molluscan biostratigraphy of the North Carolina Coastal Plain. Geologic field guides to North Carolina and vicinity, Field trip #8, Southeastern Section, Paleontological Society. Department of Geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Geologic Guidebook #1.
4. Book Reviews
Nekola, J.C. In press. The moon in the Nautilus shell by Botkin, 2012. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
5. Non-peer-reviewed Articles
Nekola, J.C. 2007. A wildflower walk at Heritage Farm. Pages 11-22 in Seed Saver's Exchange Summer Edition Magazine.
Nekola, J.C. 1994. Echoes from Whitewater Canyon. Wapsipinicon Almanac. 5:134-143. (Reprinted on pages 75-84 in the 1997 Seed Saver's Exchange Harvest Edition Magazine).
6. Technical reports:
Nekola, J.C., B.F. Coles & M. Horsak. 2012. Land Snail Biodiversity Assessment for the Selkirk Mountains Park Region in Southeastern British Columbia. Final Report, Valhalla Wilderness Society. 24 pages.
Nekola, J.C. 2009. The Impact of ESE-6904/6905 Corridor Widening on Terrestrial Gastropod Biodiverity. Final Report, Natural Resources Consulting, Inc. 27 pages.
Nekola, J.C. & B.F. Coles. 2007. A preliminary study of diversity and phylogeny in the Vertigo paradoxa – V. nylanderi complex in Eastern North America. Final Report, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. 12 pages.
Nekola, J.C. and B.F. Coles. 2004. Eastern Massachusetts Vertigo perryi survey. Final Report, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, Massachusetts. 20 pages.
Nekola, J.C. 2002. Vascular plant and land snail survey of the Heritage Farm properties. Final Report, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa. 30 pages.
Barthel, M & J.C. Nekola. 2000. Scanning-electron microscope imaging of minute land snails of Minnesota. Final report submitted to the Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources..
Nekola, J.C., M. Barthel, P.A. Massart, and E. North 1999. Terrestrial gastropod inventory on igneous outcrops in northeastern Minnesota. Final Report, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. 76 pages.
Nekola, J.C. 1998. Terrestrial gastropod inventory of the Niagaran Escarpment and Keweenaw Volcanic Belt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Final Report, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Small Grants Program, Lansing. 133 pages.
Nekola, J.C. 1996. Butterflies and skippers of peatlands in the Lake Superior drainage basin of Wisconsin. Final Report, Contract NMF-98189, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 146 pages.
Nekola, J.C., T.A. Smith and T.J. Frest. 1996. Terrestrial gastropod faunas of Door Peninsula natural areas. Report submitted to Michael Grimm, Door County Coordinator, Wisconsin Chapter, The Nature Conservancy. 106 pages.
Nekola, J.C. 1989. Bio-region preservation plan for northeastern Iowa natural areas. Report submitted to Dean M. Roosa, State Ecologist, Iowa DNR.
Nekola, J.C. 1988. Final report, 1988 fen survey. Report to Dean Roosa, State Ecologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Terrence J. Frest, Burke Museum of Natural History, Seattle, Washington.
Nekola, J.C. 1987. Biomonitoring study of Lespedeza leptostachya at the Freda Haffner Kettlehole Preserve: comparison of the 1985 and 1986 seasons. Report to the Science and Stewardship Committee, Iowa Chapter, The Nature Conservancy.
Nekola, J.C. 1987. Vascular flora and community descriptions of ten algific talus slope sites owned by The Nature Conservancy in northeastern Iowa. Report to the Science and Stewardship Committee, Iowa Chapter, The Nature Conservancy.
Nekola, J.C. 1985. A summary of baseline information from a study of the response of Lespedeza leptostachya to fire management at the Freda Haffner Kettlehole. Report to Science and Stewardship Director, Iowa Chapter, Nature Conservancy.
Nekola, J.C. 1984. The vascular flora of the 30th Street Woods and surrounding area. Report in the independent Environmental Impact Statement on the effect of the Marion Bypass Project on the 30th Street Woods by Cedar Rapids Audubon and Sierra Clubs.
Nekola, J.C. 1983. Floristic analysis of a sandy, native woodland at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Report to Director, Indian Creek Nature Center.
Determinants of species diversity at 14 spatial scales in tropical microsnails from endangered limestone habitats. M. Schilthuizen (NCB Naturalis), R. Etienne (University of Groningen), B. McGill (University of Maine - Orono), J. Nekola (University of New Mexico), J. Vermeulen (NCB Naturalis), T.-S. Liew (Universiti Malaysia Sabah), R. Clements (James Cook University). Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. 2011-2014. €235,000.
Wisconsin Land Snail Database and Status Surveys in the Driftless Area. K.E. Perez (U. W. - La Crosse) & T. J. Hyde (Wisconsin DNR), co-PIs. State Wildlife Grants Program, Wisconsin DNR. 2009-2010. $21,605.
Universal Diversity Patterns Across the Sciences. J. Harte (Berkeley), B. McGill (U. Arizona) & D. Storch (Charles U.) co-PIs. Santa Fe Institute. 2009. $12,000.
Genetic analysis of diversity and phylogeny of the Vertigo paradoxa - Vertigo hubrichti group in eastern North America. Brian F. Coles, co-PI. To: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2009. $5000.
Radiocarbon dating of North American terrestrial gastropod shells. J.S. Pigati and J.A. Rech, co-PIs. To: National Science Foundation. 2006-2009. $230,297.
Eastern Massachusetts Vertigo perryi survey. Brian Coles, co-PI. To: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, Massachusetts. 2004. $2000.
Vascular plant and land snail survey of the Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm. To: Seeds Savers Exchange. 2000-2001. $5000.
Northwestern Minnesota terrestrial gastropod survey. To: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2000-2001. $19,500.
Scanning-electron microscope imaging of minute (<5 mm) Minnesota land snails. M. Barthell, co-PI. To: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 1999. $3000.
Microhabitat preferences of Vertigo nylanderi Sterki, 1909 in eastern Wisconsin tamarack wetlands. M. Barthell, co-PI. To: Lois Almon Fund, Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. 1999. $500.
Effects of recreational climbing on land snail biodiversity. D.W. Larson, co-P.I. To: Access Fund. 1999. $1500
Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE) grant from the National Academy of Sciences for collaborative work with Dr. Vlastmil Ruzicka, Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences. 1998. $2500.
Terrestrial gastropods of northeastern Minnesota basalt cliffs. To: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 1998. $3000.
Rare terrestrial gastropod survey of cliff and fen habitats in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To: Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 1998. $4000.
Prince Visiting Scholar Fund, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 1998. $400.
Glacial relict land snails of the Niagara Escarpment and associated regions. To: Green Bay Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1997. $4800.
Butterfly and skipper inventory of wetlands in the Lake Superior drainage basin of Wisconsin. To: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 1996. $9000
Unique land snail faunas of the upper Lake Michigan basin. To: Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. 1996. $2000.
Ecology of glacial relict snails on the Niagara Escarpment in Brown County, Wisconsin. Tamara Smith, co-PI. To: Lois Almon Fund, Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. 1996. $1000.
The land snail fauna of northern Door County natural areas. To: Wisconsin Chapter, The Nature Conservancy. 1995. $2000
R.J. McElroy Excellence in Education Grant. 1989-1992. $11,000.
Big Sand Mound Lepidoptera Survey. To: Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company. 1987. $1000.
1. Working groups, symposia and field trips organized.
Universal diversity patterns across the sciences. May 7-9, 2010. Center for Theoretical Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (co-organized with David Storch, Charles University).
Universal diversity patterns across the sciences. February 23-26, 2009, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico (co-organized with John Harte, UC-Berkeley, and David Storch, Charles University).
Pattern and process in global land snail biodiversity. July 11-16, 2004, in conjunction with the 15th World Congress of Malacology in Perth, Australia (co-organized with Robert Cameron of the University of Sheffield).
Ecology and paleoecology isolated habitats in the midwestern USA. August 2-4, 2002, in conjunction with the American Institute of Biological Sciences Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin (co-organized with Diana Horton and Richard Baker of the University of Iowa).
The role of extent in ecological pattern and process. Ecological Society of America Meeting, August 6-10, 2001, Madison, Wisconsin (co-organized with Helene Wagner, Colorado State University). Other participants: Jon Bossenbroek, Martin Cody. Clifford Kraft, Michael Palmer, Helene Wagner, Jon Weins, Peter White.
Ecology and biogeography of isolated habitats in the midwestern USA. Vegetation Section Field Trip, August 2-5, 2001, in association with the Ecological Society of America Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin (co-organized with Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill).
2. Invited seminars, courses, and workshops.
Keynote Symposium,78th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Magnitude of North American land snail biodiversity.” June 16-21, 2012.
Conservation Symposium, 78th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Society. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Issues in North Amercian land snail conservation.” June 16-21, 2012
Top Lecture, Institute of Biology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands (Heike Kappes, host), "Land snails, universal patterns of diversity, and the legacy of Frank Preston." April 27, 2012.
Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Dynamic Biodiversity training course, Leiden, The Netherlands (Heike Kappes, organizer), “Diversity indices 101.” April 24, 2012.
University of Maine - Orono (Brian McGill, host), “The ten things every macroecologist should know about land snail biodiversity.” September 23, 2011.
Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (Michal Horsak, host), “The ten things every macroecologist should know about land snail biodiversity.” July 19, 2011.
Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis, Leiden (Menno Schlithuizen, host), “The ten things every macroecologist should know about land snail biodiversity.” July 14, 2011.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (Craig McClain, host), “Evolutionary pattern and process in the Vertigo gouldii group of minute North American land snails.” March 27, 2009.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Peter White, host), “Universal diversity and the legacy of Frank Preston.” March 26, 2009.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (Gary Rosenberg, host), “Evolutionary pattern and process in the Vertigo gouldii group of minute North American land snails.” March 20, 2009.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Timothy Pearce, host), “Tiny jewels: an introduction to the pupillid land snails of North America.” March 12, 2009.
Seminar in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Lecture Series, University of New Mexico (Felisa Smith, host), “Communities, complex systems, and the legacy of Frank Preston.” April 11, 2007.
State University of New York at Syracuse (Don Leopold, host), “Ecological communities as complex systems: distance decay, emergent properties, and the legacy of Frank Preston.” March 22, 2007.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (Craig McClain, host), “Ecological communities as complex systems.” May 3, 2006.
Oklahoma EPSCOR Tallgrass Prairie Retreat, “Impact of fire management on grassland land snail diversity.” March 9, 2006
Oklahoma State University (Michael Palmer, host), “Ecological communities as complex systems: emergent properties, distance decay, and the nitpicker naturalist.” March 8, 2006.
USDA – NSF – EPA Invasive Species PI Meeting (organized by Michael Bowers), “Using Gravity Models to Predict Invasive Species Spread: the future distribution of Zebra Mussels in Upper Midwest inland lakes.” October 17-18, 2005.
Cherokee National Forest Land Snail Workshop (organized by Ron Caldwell): “Taxonomy of eastern North American Pupillidae,” and “Management impacts on land snail biodiversity.” April 6-8, 2005.
University of New Mexico (James Brown, host),"Latitudinal gradients in eastern North American land snail community richness, evenness, and shell size." October 29, 2004.
University of New Mexico (James Brown, host),"Pattern and process in eastern North Amercian land snail communities." June 7, 2004.
Cincinnati Museum of Natural History (Bob Genheimer, host), "Pattern and process in eastern North America land snail communities." October 21, 2003.
Illinois Natural History Survey (Adrienne Edwards, host), "Effect of fire management on grassland land snail diversity." April 12, 2002.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Peter White, host), "Distance decay as a measurement of extent's role in community composition turnover." April 8, 2002.
Fire Management and Conservation of Invertebrate Populations in Tallgrass Prairie, Oak Savanna, and Aspen Parkland (organized by US Fish and Wildlife Service): "Effect of fire management on grassland land snail diversity." February 27, 2002.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Field Station (James Reinhartz, host), "Land Snail Taxonomy and Ecology." June 1-2, 2001.
Colorado State University (Jon Bossenbroek, host): "Organization scales in central North American land snail communities." April 16, 2001.
Miami University (David Gorchov, host): "The role of historical and spatial contingency on ecological pattern and process: evidence from vascular plants, lepidoptera and land snails." January 29, 2001.
McGill University (Graham Bell, host): "The role of historical and spatial contengency on ecological pattern and process: evidence from vascular plants, lepidoptera and land snails." January 11, 2001.
University of Toledo, Department of Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Sciences (Robert Sinsabaugh, host): "Paleorefugia and neorefugia: the influence of historical contengency on contemporaneous ecological pattern and process". November 9, 2000.
Northland College - Sigard Olsen Environmental Center (James Meeker, host): "Land snail biodiversity in the Western Great Lakes". March 30, 1999.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Department of Biology (Steven Solheim, host) "Neorefugia and paleorefugia: fens and algific talus slopes in northeastern Iowa". October 9, 1998.
University of Guelph, College of Biological Science (Douglas Larson, host) "Species diversity, community composition, and community turnover patterns of Great Lakes land snails". March 13, 1998.
University of Iowa , Department of Geology and Department of Biology (Diana Horton, host) "Neorefugia and paleorefugia: fens and algific talus slopes in northeastern Iowa" and "Preliminary investigations of the community ecology of upper Midwest land snails". December 12, 1997.
St. Norbert College, Department of Biology (Phil Cochran, host) "Land snail ecology". December 3, 1996.
Lawrence University, Department of Biology (Bart DeStasio, host) "Neorefugia and paleorefugia: fens and algific talus slopes in northeastern Iowa". October 6, 1995.
3. Papers presented at professional meetings:
Brown, J.H., J.R. Burger, W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, & W. Zuo. 2011. The ecology and biogeography of sustainability. 5th International Conference of the International Biogeography Society, Crete. January 7-11.
Nekola, J.C. 2010. Evolutionary pattern and process in the Vertigo gouldii group of minute land snails. Florida United Malacologists Meeting, Sanibel, Florida. January 29.
Nekola, J.C. 2008. The ten things every conservation biologist should know about land snail biodiversity. 74th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Society, Carbondale, Illinois. June 29-July 3.
Nekola, J.C. 2008. An introduction to the Pupillidae of eastern North America. 74th Annual meeting of the American Malacological Society, Carbondale, Illinois. June 29-July 3.
Pigati, J.S., J. Rech & J.C. Nekola. 2007. Radiocarbon dating of North American terrestrial gastropods. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado. October 28-21.
Nekola, J.C. 2007. The influence of body size on North American land snail distance decay rates. 3rd Meeting of the International Biogeography Society. Tenerife, Canary Islands. January 9-13, 2007.
Nekola, J.C. 2004. Richness and evenness of eastern North American land snail faunas. World Congress of Malacology. Perth, Western Australia. July 11-16, 2004.
Nekola, J.C. 2001. Distance decay as a measurement of extent's role in community composition turnover. 86th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Madison, Wisconsin. August 6.
Bossenbroek. J., C.E. Kraft and J.C. Nekola. 1999. Forecasting the distribution of Zebra Mussel infested inland lakes using a production-constrained gravity model. Meeting of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Smith, V.H., G.H. Tilman, H. Pearl and J.C. Nekola. 1998. Effects of eutrophication on fresh water, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. First International Symposium on Issues in Environmental Pollution. Denver, Colorado.
Nekola, J.C. 1996. Glacial relict land snails of the Niagaran Escarpment. Fox Valley Ecological Society, Lawrence University. May 7.
Nekola, J.C., T.A. Smith and T.J. Frest. 1996. Glacial relict landsnail assemblages along the Niagaran Escarpment of northeastern Wisconsin. Conservation of Wisconsin's Cold-Blooded Animals Symposium, Wisconsin Society for Wildlife Biology, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. March 2.
Nekola, J.C., N. Bobb, R. Bradley, J. Corson, E. Damkot, L. Davie, D. Dudley, M. Hoffmann, J. Mueller, C. Pickering, J. Smits, C. Steele, N. Versch and G. Wicker. 1995. Geostatstical Analysis of the County Butterfly Faunas of Iowa. National Meeting of the Lepidopterists Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 26-July 1.
Nekola, J.C. and S.K. Wiser. 1993. Influences on habitat saturation in plant species of isolated habitats. 8th Annual U.S. Landscape Ecology Symposium, International Association of Landscape Ecology, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
White, P.S., J.C. Nekola and S.K. Wiser. 1993. Scale, biological diversity, and the distance decay of similarity. 8th Annual U.S. Landscape Ecology Symposium, International Association of Landscape Ecology, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Nekola, J.C. and J.G. Carter. 1992. Molluscan fauna of the early Miocene Pungo River Formation. Annual Meeting, Southeastern Section, Paleontological Society, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Nekola, J.C. 1990. Native lepidoptera preservation on 'pathologically small' prairie reserves. 12th Annual Tallgrass Prairie Conference, Cedar Falls, Iowa..
Nekola, J.C. 1988. Biota of eastern Iowa fen communities. 15th Annual Natural Areas Conference, Syracuse, New York.
Schlicht, D.W. and J.C. Nekola. 1988. Big Sand Mound lepidoptera inventory 1987. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science. (Abstract #122)
Nekola, J.C. 1987. Biogeographic implications of refugial communities in eastern Iowa. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Grinnell, Iowa. (Abstract #231)
Nekola, J.C. and D.W. Schlicht. 1987. Lepidopteran faunal composition for Iowa fen communities and their biogeographic significance. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Grinnell, Iowa. (Abstract #230)
Fleckenstein, J.W., D.W. Schlicht and J.C. Nekola. 1987. New information on wetland butterflies. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Grinnell, Iowa. (Abstract #228)
Nekola, J.C. 1986. Status of Lespedeza leptostachya at the Freda Haffner Kettlehole. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Ames, Iowa. (Abstract #38)
Nekola, J.C. 1985. Analysis of the IDOT Environmental Impact Statement for the 30th Street Woods, Linn County, Iowa. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Waverly, Iowa. (Abstract #46)
Nekola, J.C. 1984. Habitat descriptions for six critically endangered Iowa plants from new localities in Linn and Clayton counties. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Iowa City, Iowa. (Abstract #46)
Nekola, J.C. 1984. Community analysis of a sandy woodland at the Indian Creek Nature Center, Linn County, Iowa. Annual Meeting, Iowa Academy of Science, Iowa City, Iowa. (Abstract #47)
4. Non-technical Public Presentations
Baker Creek Spring Garden Festival, Mansfield, Missouri, “The Garlic Universe: Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Stinking Rose”. May 2-3, 2010.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Florida, “Land snail biodiversity” February 3, 2010.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Flroida, “Tiny jewels: an introduction to the pupillid land snails of North America.” February 5, 2010.
Philadelphia Shell Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Tiny jewels: an introduction to the pupillid land snails of North America.” March 19, 2009.
Seed Saver's Exchange Summer Convention, Decorah, Iowa, "Seeds of Complexity: SSE lessons from the tropical rain forest and the stock market.” July 21-22, 2007.
Oklahoma Native Plant Society, Stillwater, Oklahoma. “An Introduction to Heirloom Peppers and Tomatoes.” March 7, 2006.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Kohler, Wisconsin. "An Introduction to Heirloom Peppers." October 23, 2004.
Washington Hotel, Washington Island, Wisconsin. "Natural History of Washington Island." September 11, 2004.
Washington Hotel, Washington Island, Wisconsin. "Natural History of Washington Island." June 5, 2004.
Ledgeview Nature Center, Chilton, Wisconsin. "Preservation of Heirloom Vegetables in the Home Garden." March 20, 2004.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Kohler, Wisconsin. "An Introduction to Heirloom Tomatoes." October 25, 2003.
Seed Saver's Exchange Annual Campout, Decorah, Iowa, "Natural Habitats of the Twin Valley Farm." July 19-20, 2003.
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, Wisconsin, "Heirloom Tomatoes for Today." April 30, 2003.
Winnebago Audubon Society, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, "Biodiversity of the Niagaran Escarpment." March 20, 2003
Door County Master Gardener's Association, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, "Heirloom Pepper and Tomato Gardening." October 22, 2002.
Baker Creek Garden Harvest Festival, Mansfield, Missouri, "Heirloom Tomato and Pepper Gardening." August 12, 2002.
Seed Saver's Exchange Annual Campout, Decorah Iowa, "Biodiversity of the Heritage Farm Property." July 20, 2002.
Wisconsin DNR Naturalist Training Program, Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, "Niagaran Escarpment Biodiversity." May 22, 2001
Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society Annual Banquet, Green Bay, Wisconsin, "Biodiversity and the Heirloom Garden." May 9, 2001
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Festival, Mansfield, Missouri, "Biodiversity and the Heirloom Garden." April 5, 2001
Garlic Is Life Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma, "Diversity and Culture of Domesticated Capsicum Peppers." October 12, 2000.
Garlic Is Life Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma, "Garlic in the Wild: A Natural History." October 15, 1999
Green Bay Audubon Club, "Biodiversity of the Niagaran Escarpment." February 11, 1998.
Nature Conservancy Public Seminar held at Ellison Bay, Wisconsin "Biodiversity of Wisconsin's Niagara Escarpment." October 11, 1997.
Green Bay Garden Club, "Heirloom Tomato Preservation." September 22, 1997.
Seed Saver's Exchange Annual Campout, Decorah Iowa, "Iowa Exotica." July 20, 1997.
Sturgeon Bay Garden Club, "Introduction to Heirloom Tomatoes." October 9, 1996.
Brown County Extension Office, "Heirloom Tomato Tasting." September 22, 1996.
Seed Saver's Exchange Annual Campout, Decorah, Iowa, "Algific Talus Slope Ecology." June 30, 1996.
Presentation to Baird School 5th Grade class on tree growth rates on arboretum grounds, September 1995.
Instructor in 3-week Oneida Culture class for Oneida High School, teaching wild plant identification, July 1995.
Presentation to local Explorer Scout troop on Ecological Computing, February 1995.
Presentation to Baird School 4th grade class on Ethiopian crop biodiversity and cooking, February 1995.
Participated in job seminar at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 1994.
5. Consulting Activities
Valhalla Wilderness Society (2011)
Natural Resources Consulting, Inc. (2009)
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (2009)
Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWEC) of Environment Canada (2008-2009)
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (2007)
Cuatro Puertas Heirloom Seed Bank (2005-)
Projects Committee of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (1995 - 2003)
Advisor to the Door County Land Trust (1997 - 2003)
Ministry of Tourism and the Environment, Tobago House of Assembly (1999)
Foth and VanDyke for Crandon Mining Co. Environmental Impact Study (3 weeks of work documenting vascular plants and lepidoptera on site; 1994)
Foth and VanDyke for Crandon Mining Co. Environmental Impact Study (summer-long survey of rare butterfly and skipper taxa of northern Wisconsin; 1995)
Biodiversity/endangered species assessment for Niagaran Escarpment site at Egg Harbor planned for condominiums by Egg Harbor Country Club. (1994)
Biodiversity/endangered species assessment for xeric old field site near Sister Bay for Going Garbage, Inc. (1994)
D. Manuscript/Proposal Reviewer (and year of activity) for:
American Journal of Botany (2002, 2003)
American Malacological Bulletin (2009, 2011, 2012)
American Midland Naturalist (2003, 2010)
American Naturalist (1998, 2010)
Annales Zoologici Fennici (2010)
Annals of the Carnegie Museum (2003)
Applied Vegetation Science (2004, 2010)
Basic and Applied Ecology (2012)
Biologia (Bratislava) (2012)
Biodiversity and Conservation (2008)
Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society (2007, 2012)
Canadian Field Naturalist (2012, 2013)
Community Ecology (2006)
Conservation Biology (2004, 2007)
Contributions to Zoology (2010)
Czech Science Foundation (2010, 2011)
Diversity and Distributions (2008)
Ecography (2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011)
Ecological Applications (2007, 2008, 2010)
Ecological Indicators (2011)
Ecology (1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Ecology Letters (2013)
European Journal of Soil Biology (2011)
Forest Ecology and Management (2004)
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2002, 2004)
Global Ecology and Biogeography (2007, 2010, 2011)
Global and Planetary Change (2007)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2010)
Journal of Animal Ecology (2007)
Journal of Applied Ecology (2003)
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science (2002)
Journal of Biogeography (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science (2000)
Journal of Conchology (2004)
Journal of Continental Malacology (2011)
Journal of Molluscan Studies (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Journal of Tropical Ecology (2007)
Journal of Vegetation Science (1996, 2001, 2002, 2006)
Landscape Ecology (1993, 2002)
Louisiana EPSCoR (2008)
Malacologia (2009, 2011)
Marsden Fund (2009)
Molecular Ecology (2010)
National Science Foundation (2001, 2002, 2003)
National Science Foundation Panel Member (2002)
Natural Areas Journal (2000, 2008)
Northeastern Naturalist (2010)
Oecologia (2008, 2011)
Physica A (2011)
Proceedings of the 12th Annual Tallgrass Prairie Conference (1990)
Proceedings of the 18th Annual Tallgrass Prairie Conference (2002)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (2008, 2010, 2011)
Public Library of Science - One (2008, 2011)
Quaternary Science Reviews (2007)
Records of the Western Australian Museum (2004)
Texas Journal of Science (2012)
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (2006)
The Nautilus (2006, 2009, 2011)
Western North American Naturalist (2000)
A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
Teaching Assistant for:
Number Title Approximate Semesters
Biology 184 Conservation Biology 30 S89
Biology 54 Ecology and Population Biology 350 S92
B. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Number Title Approximate Semesters
008-362 Seminar in Ecology and Evolution, 1cr 5 S95 S96 S97
F99 S00 F00
F01 F02 F03
204-310 Plant Taxonomy, 3 cr 30 S95
362-102 Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr 180 S98 F99 F00
F01 F02 F03
362-302 Principles of Ecology, 3 cr 20-25 F94 F95 S96
F96 S97 F97
F98 F99 F00
F01 F02 F03
362-390 Scientific Applications of Computing
Team taught with C. Kraft,
R. Howe, J. Lyons, 1 cr each 50 S96
362-467 Ecological Methods and Analysis 20 S99 S00 S01
S02 S03 S04
362-469 Conservation Biology 5 S99
362-471 Biological Resource Management I, 3 cr 25-30 F94 F95 F96
362-472 Biological Resource Management II, 3 cr 25-30 S95 S96 S97 S98
362-492 Practicum: Mapping Biological Diversity, 3 cr 12 S95
362-492 Practicum: Cave Fossil Analysis
Co-taught with R. Howe, 1˝ cr each 6 F95
362-492 Practicum: Ecological Computing, 3 cr 5 S96
362-492 Practicum: Mexican Tropical Ecology, 3 cr 14 S96
362-492 Practicum: Land Snail Ecology, 3 cr 5-10 F96 S97 F97
S98 F98 S99
S00 S01 S02
C. University of New Mexico:
Courses Taught :
Number Title Approximate Semesters
Biology 310 Principles of Ecology 14 F10 S11 S12
Biology 506 Basic Graduate Ecology 12 F07
2. Brief Descriptions of Principle Courses:
Seminar in Ecology and Evolution (008 - 362)
This course is designed to provide students in the graduate program a chance to explore current ecological and career development issues through readings of the current primary literature and through group interactions. When teaching this course, I have attempted to find a topic upon which the semester's activities can be organized. Some of the sessions of this course I led have been organized around (1) ecology of the natural communities of the Upper Midwest; (2) scientific writing, including journal articles, grants, manuscript reviews; (3) ecology of the natural communities of the Niagaran Escarpment
Plant Taxonomy (204-310)
This course is designed to teach the tools required to identify and locate the vascular plants. By the end of the term students were expected to (1) master the major phylogenetic classifications of vascular plants and the methods used to arrive at these conclusions; (2) understand how taxonomic keys and glossaries can be used to identify individuals to their correct species or subspecies; (3) learn the herbarium and research skills needed to curate specimens; and (4) be able to use various tools to predict and locate new populations for a given species.
Introduction to Environmental Science (362-102)
This course serves as an introduction to the many and varied scientific fields which constitute the natural sciences. In my approach to this subject material, the first third of the class overviews the major attributes of the abiotic world which influence life, including geology, water, air, soil, and the cycling of nutrients. The second third of the class considers the major biological processes which effect life including evolution, population dynamics, species interactions, community dynamics, and food webs. In the last third, I considered in-depth two environmental crises facing the planet: (1) agriculture, and (2) biodiversity. Each of these sections was be prefaced by an introduction from popular media sources, and given the previous course content the accuracy of these messages were then critiqued. Major innovations included a home page for this class that was placed on the Web that included the course syllabus, lecture notes from each day's presentation, and test answer keys.
Principles of Ecology (362-302)
This course introduces students to the basic underlying principles of ecological theory and research, ranging from genetic to global scales of analysis. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to appreciate the natural world, including the great diversity of species and the multiplicity of their adaptations, understand how ecosystems work so as to be better able to predict the likely impacts of human activity, and be able to use ecological principles to evaluate the validity of popular ecological messages and theories. Subjects treated include: (1) population genetics and evolution; (2) population dynamics of single species; (3) relationships of organisms to their physical environment; (4) the interactions of populations of different species; (5) the dynamics of communities; (6) flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems; and (7) factors that influence the distribution of the major terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
Ecological Methods and Analysis (362-467)
This course introduces students to modern ecological sampling and statistical techniques. Students choose a research project for the term in which they will (1) construct a bibliography of relevant primary sources for their research project; (2) write a review paper based on these primary articles; (3) write a research proposal, describing the scientific rationale and methods for their project; (4) conduct field research and analyze results; and (5) summarize those findings in the form of a scientific paper and poster.
Conservation Biology (362-469)
This course is the linear descendent of 362-471 and 362-472. In it students are taught both important ecological principles underlying conservation biology as well as the management and policy decisions which can be drawn from them. Topics to be covered include: (1) the patterns, measurement, and mechanisms underlying biological diversity; (2) the measurement of genetic diversity and its importance in species conservation; (3) the techniques used to identify community patterns and dynamics; (4) disturbance ecology; (5) the ecology of fragmentation and isolation, (6) optimum reserve design and management; (7) ex-situ conservation and reintroductions; (8) community restoration; and (9) effect of global/regional change on reserves. The course will be capped by a weekend trip to northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin to observe these principles in the field.
Biological Resource Management I (362-471)
This course provides students with the important ecological principles which underlie the conservation of biological resources, including: (1) the nature of biological diversity and the effect which modern society has played on it; (2) the patterns, measurement, and mechanisms underlying biological diversity; (3) the measurement of genetic diversity and its importance in species conservation; (4) the techniques used to identify community patterns and dynamics; (5) the cycling of energy and nutrients through ecosystems; (6) disturbance ecology; (7) landscape patterns and processes; (8) the ecology of fragmentation and isolation, and (9) processes and patterns of cultural biological diversity.
Biological Resource Management II (362-472)
This course follows up 362-471, and considers the management and policy decisions which can be drawn from the basic ecological principles presented in the first semester. Major topics include: (1) optimum reserve design; (2) optimum reserve management; (3) ex-situ conservation and reintroductions; (4) community restoration; (5) effect of single-species management on reserves; and (6) effect of global/regional change on reserves. Students were then expected to apply the principles/ideas presented during the first 1˝ semesters in a management plan a real Wisconsin area of biological interest. Reports enumerated the current biodiversity resources of the area, the threats faced to that diversity, the steps currently being taken to minimize these threats, and student critique of these steps, including recommendations on optimum management strategies.
Mexican Tropical Ecology (362-492)
This course is centered around a 10-day trip to the northern limit of tropical forest communities near Ciudad Victoria in northwestern Mexico. Most of the time was spent at the Los Cedros and Canindo field stations operated by the Universidad de Tamaulipas and the Government of Tamaulipas. Time was also spent on Cerro Potosi near the town of Galeana. Prior to the trip, the class overviewed the scientific literature concerning the major communities (Tropical Thorn Scrub, Tropical Deciduous Forest, Cloud Forest, Oak-Pine Forest, Chaparral, Gypsum Outcrops, Spruce-Fir Forest, Alpine Tundra) and animal groups (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals) to be encountered.
Land Snail Taxonomy and Ecology (362-492)
Participants in this course assist me in processing samples collected for analysis of land snail community structure. Students have helped process over 300 samples collected from central Iowa to central New York state. Two students from this course have co-authored papers which are currently in submission.
3. Graduate Research Advisor:
Johnathan Bossenbroek (completed S99)
Angela Opiola (completed F03)
4. Independent Study / Internship Advisor:
Eric Damkot, 6 credit hours (Biogeography of Zebra Mussels in Belorussia, 2 semesters)
Joan Elias, 3 credit hours (Bird ecology in the Bad River corridor, 1 semester)
Brian Gleason, 1 credit hour (Land snail community analysis, 1 semester)
Chad Herwald, 9 credit hours (Land snail community analysis, 3 semesters)
Tamara Smith, 6 credit hours (Biodiversity patterns in land snail communities, 2 semesters)
Neila Bobb, 3 credit hours (Fish population dynamics in Green Bay, 1 semester)
Kraig Kramer, 3 credit hours (Internship for setting up LS219 computer network, 1 semester)
Matt Barthel, 4 credit hours (Seed bank of Lake Michigan cobble beaches (1 semester) and
Geographic variation in Carychium exile (1 semester))
5. Grants Solicited for Classroom/Laboratory Modernization:
Co-author of grant (for $66,502) to create an ecology / computer analysis lab at UWGB. Submitted Fall 1994 and subsequently funded at approximately $26,000.
Co-author of grant (for $35,000) to complete ecology computer lab and to purchase ecological sampling equipment. Submitted Fall 1996 and subsequently fully funded.
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