Shannon Pelini

Dr. Shannon Pelini

Ph. D., University of Notre Dame   

Office:     312C Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-8760

Research: Community Ecology, Global Change Biology, Invertebrate Ecology, Forest Floor Food Webs

Pelini Lab Page



Research Interests:

The Pelini lab examines the effects of climate change, micronutrient availability, and disturbance (e.g., fire) on above- and belowground arthropod-dominated food webs. We seek to understand how changes in these food webs affect carbon dioxide emissions, primary production, and other processes. Our research uses field, greenhouse, and lab experiments in northwestern OH croplands, University of Michigan Biological Station, and Hawaii. See for more details on some of our experiments.

Selected Publications:

*Undergraduate mentee, **Graduate student mentee, †Notable press coverage

†Diamond SE, LM Nichols, SL Pelini, CA Penick, GW Barber, SH Cahan, RR Dunn, AM Ellison, NJ Sanders, NJ Gotelli. 2016. Climatic warming destabilizes forest ant communities. Science Advances 2:e1600842. I was featured for this work in BGSU Zoom News, the Toledo Blade, Science Daily, Hawaii Weather Today, and Lab Manager.

Maran AM**, SL Pelini. 2016. Predator Contributions to Belowground Responses to Warming. Ecosphere.7: e01457.

Juice SM, PH Templer, N Phillips, AM Ellison, SL Pelini. 2016. Ecosystem Warming Increases Sap Flow of Northern Red Oak Trees. Ecosphere. 7(3):e01221.

Pelini SL, AM Maran**, AR Chen*, J Kaseman*, TW Crowther. 2015. Higher trophic levels overwhelm climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystem functioning. Plos One. 10:e0136344.

Pelini SL, SE Diamond, LM Nichols, KL Stuble, Aaron M Ellison, NJ Sanders, RR Dunn, NJ Gotelli. 2014. Geographic differences in effects of experimental warming on ant species diversity and community composition. Ecosphere. 5:art125.

Marquis M*, I Del Toro, SL Pelini. 2014. Insect mutualisms buffer warming effects on multiple trophic levels. Ecology. 95:9-13.

Resasco J, SL Pelini, KL Stuble, NJ Sanders, RR Dunn, SE Diamond, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli, DJ Levey. 2014. Using Historical and Experimental Data to Reveal Warming Effects on Ant Communities. Plos One. 9(2):e88029.

Del Toro I, K Towle*, DN Morrison*, SL Pelini. 2013. Community structure, ecological and behavioral traits of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Massachusetts open and forested habitats. Northeastern Naturalist. 20:103-114

†Diamond SE, C Penick, SL Pelini, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli,NJ Sanders, RR Dunn. 2013. Using physiology to predict ectotherm responses to environmental change. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 5: e52.

Prather CM, SL Pelini, A Laws, E Rivest, M Woltz, CP Bloch, I Del Toro, C-K Ho, J Kominoski, TAS Newbold, S Parsons, A Joern. 2013. Invertebrates, ecosystem services and climate change. Biological Reviews. 88: 327–348.

Stuble KL, SL Pelini, SE Diamond, DA Fowler, RR Dunn, NJ Sanders. 2013. Foraging by forest ants under experimental climatic warming: a test at two sites. Ecology and Evolution. 3: 482-491.

Pelini SL, SE Diamond, H MacLean, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli,NJ Sanders, RR Dunn. 2012. Common garden experiments reveal uncommon responses across temperatures, locations, and species of ants. Ecology and Evolution. 2:3009-3015.

Pelini SL. 2012. Opening the climate envelope: Biophysical models of butterfly performance reveal demographic trade-offs. Functional Ecology. 26: 767-768.

Del Toro I, RR Ribbons, SL Pelini. 2012. The little things that run the world revisited: a review of ant-mediated ecosystem services and disservices (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Mrymecological News. 17:133-146.

Diamond SE, L Nichols, N McCoy, C Hirsch, SL Pelini, NJ Sanders, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli, Robert R Dunn. 2012. A physiological trait-based approach to predicting the responses of species to experimental climatic warming. Ecology. 93:2305-2312.

Diamond SE, DM Sorger, J Hulcr, SL Pelini, I Del Toro, C Hirsch, E Oberg*, RR Dunn. 2012. Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants. Global Change Biology 18:448-456.

Hellmann JJ, K Prior, SL Pelini. 2012. The influence of species interactions and local adaptation on geographic range change under climate change. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1249: 18-28.

Oberg E*,  I Del Toro, SL Pelini. 2012. Thermal tolerance assays in New England Ants. Insectes Sociaux 59: 167-174.

Pelini SL, M Boudreau, N McCoy, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli,NJ Sanders, RR Dunn. 2011. Effects of short-term warming on a low and high latitude forest ant community. Ecosphere 2(5): art62.

Pelini SL, FW Bowles, AM Ellison, NJ Gotelli, NJ Sanders, RR Dunn. 2011. Open-top chamber warming manipulation of arthropod communities at Harvard and Duke Forests. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 5: 534-540.

Pelini SL, JA Keppel*, AE Kelley*, JJ Hellmann. 2010. Slow host plants prevent rapid insect responses to climate change. Global Change Biology 16:2923-2929.

Luo Y,  J Melillo, S Niu, JS Clark, AT Classen, E Davidson, JS Dukes, RD Evans, CB Field, CI Czimczik, M Keller, BA Kimball, LM Kueppers, RJ Norby, SL Pelini, E Pendall, E Rastetter, J Six, M Smith, MG Tjoelker, MS Torn. 2010. Long-term ecosystem responses to global change. Global Change Biology 17:843-854.

Williams CM, SL Pelini, JJ Hellmann, BJ Sinclair. 2010. Intra-individual variation allows an explicit test of the hygric hypothesis for discontinuous gas exchange in insects. Biology Letters 6: 274-277.

†Pelini SL, JDK Dzurisin, KM Prior, CM Williams, TD Marsico, BJ Sinclair, JJ Hellmann. 2009. Translocation experiments in butterfly species reveal limitations to range shifts under climate change. PNAS 106:11160-11165. I was featured for this work in the San Francisco Chronicle, ND Newswire, Epoch Times, and Live Science.

Prior KM, JDK Dzurisin, SL Pelini, JJ Hellmann. 2009. Biology of larvae and adults of Erynnis propertius at the northern edge of its range. The Canadian Entomologist 141: 161-171. 

Hellmann JJ, SL Pelini, K Prior and JDK Dzurisin. 2008. The response of two butterfly species to climatic variation at the edge of their range and the implications for poleward range shifts. Oecologia 157: 583-592.