13. Danielsson, R.J., J.M. Lucas, Dahlberg, M. Ramin, S. Agenas, I. Tapio, A. Bayat, T. Hammer and T. Roslin. Context-dependence of antibiotic effects on methane emissions from livestock. Accepted and forthcoming, Royal Society Open Science.

12. Wepking, C., B. Badgley, J. Barrett, K. Knowlton, K. Minick, P. Ray, J.M. Lucas, S. Shawver, M. Strickland. Exposure to antibiotics alters microbial communities and terrestrial elemental cycling. Accepted and forthcoming, Ecology Letters.

11. Lucas, J.M., E.M. Gora, A. Salzberg, and M. Kaspari. (2019) Antibiotics as chemical warfare across multiple taxonomic domains and trophic levels. Proc. Roy. Soc. B.

Detritivorous invertebrates, like this millipede in a Panamanian tropical forest, are harmed by the presence of naturally occurring and synthetic antibiotics. Photo Credit: Jane Lucas.

10. Gora, E.M. and J.M. Lucas. (2019) Dispersal and nutrient limitations of canopy-level decomposition: evidence from experimental manipulations of epiphytes and macronutrients. Functional Ecology.

9. Lucas, J.M., A.A. Madden, C.A. Penick, M.J. Epps, P.R. Marting, J.L. Stevens, D.J. Fergus, R.R. Dunn, E.K. Meineke. (2019) Ants control insect pathogens, but not plant pathogens, inside their nests in a model ant-plant mutualism. Proc. R. Soc. B 286: 20191026.

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A cross-section of the chambers inside a Cecropia tree that houses the mutualistic ant partner, Azteca. Ants maintain functionally distinct chambers that have unique microbiomes, similar to human houses. Photo credit: Anne A. Madden.

Highlighted in the following: Nurseries of Azteca Ants are Cleaner than Human OnesFor at Least One Species, Ant Nurseries Are Cleaner Than Human Ones

8. Gora, E.M., J.M. Lucas, and S.P. Yanoviak. (2019) Microbial composition and decomposition rates vary with environmental conditions from the ground to the canopy in a tropical forest. Ecosystems.

Photo Credit: Evan Gora


7. Lucas, J.M., N.A. Clay, and M. Kaspari. (2018) External myrmecotrophy benefits host plants of dominant canopy ant, Azteca trigona. Ecological Entomology.

Highlighted on the Smithsonian Channel: 10 Tons of Ant Poop Keeps This Rainforest Thriving


6. Lucas, J.M., E.M. Gora, and A. Alonso. (2017) A view of the global conservation job market and how to succeed in it. Conservation Biology.


5. Lucas, J.M., B. Bill, B. Stevenson, M. Kaspari. (2016) The microbiome of the ant-built home: the microbial communities of a tropical arboreal ant and its nest. Ecosphere.

Before 2016

4. Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S. Revzen, A.D. Kay, and S.P. Yanoviak. (2015) Thermal adaptation and phosphorus shape thermal performance in an assemblage of rainforest ants. Ecology.

3. Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S.P. Yanoviak, and A.D. Kay. (2014) Thermal adaptation generates a diversity of thermal limits in a rainforest ant community. Global Change Biology.

2. Clay, N.A., J.M. Lucas, M. Kaspari and A.D. Kay. (2013) Manna from heaven: Refuse from an arboreal ant connects aboveground and belowground processes in a lowland tropical forest. Ecosphere.

1. Kaspari M., D. Donoso, J.M. Lucas, T. Zumbusch and A.D. Kay. (2013) Using nutritional ecology to predict community structure: field test in Neotropical ants. Ecosphere.

Currently under review

Lucas, J.M.*, McBride, S.*, and M. Strickland. Trophic structure mediates soil microbial community composition and function. In review.

In the final stages of preparation

Lucas, J.M., J. Jonas-Bratten, A.N. Laws, D.H. Branson, S.C. Pennings, C.M. Prather, and M.S. Strickland. Herbivore functional groups, not species, shape belowground communities, but not their function. In prep.

Lucas, J.M., H. Nunn, and M. Kaspari. Detritivorous invertebrates avoid harmful antibiotic compounds to increase survival rates. In prep.


*represents shared first authorship