The Pelini Lab examines above- and belowground arthropod-dominated food webs. We seek to understand how changes in these food webs affect nutrient cycling, decomposition, and other processes. Our research uses field, greenhouse, and lab experiments. Dr. Pelini teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology.
Brigham, R.D., Pelini, S., Xu, Z. and Vázquez‐Ortega, A., 2021. Assessing the effects of lake‐dredged sediments on soil health: Agricultural and environmental implications for northwestern Ohio. Journal of Environmental Quality.
Maran, A.M., Weintraub, M.N. and Pelini, S.L., 2020. Does stimulating ground arthropods enhance nutrient cycling in conventionally managed corn fields?. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 297, p.106934.
Lindsey-Robbins, J., Vázquez-Ortega, A., McCluney, K. and Pelini, S., 2019. Effects of detritivores on nutrient dynamics and corn biomass in mesocosms. Insects, 10(12), p.453.
Diamond, S.E., Sorger, D.M., Hulcr, J., Pelini, S.L., Toro, I.D., Hirsch, C., Oberg, E. and Dunn, R.R., 2012. Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants. Global Change Biology, 18(2), pp.448-456.
Del Toro, I., Ribbons, R.R. and Pelini, S.L., 2012. The little things that run the world revisited: a review of ant-mediated ecosystem services and disservices (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News, 17, pp.133-146.
Marquis, M., Del Toro, I. and Pelini, S.L., 2014. Insect mutualisms buffer warming effects on multiple trophic levels. Ecology, 95(1), pp.9-13.