Post Lab Publication


Hampton, S.E, et al. 2017. Ecology under lake ice. Ecology Letters 20:98-111. doi: 10.1111/ele.12699

Subalusky, A.L. C.L. Dutton, E.J. Rosi-Marshall, and D.M. Post. 2017. Annual mass drownings of the Serengeti wildebeest migration influence nutrient cycling and storage in the Mara River. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in press.

Twining, C.W., E.P. Palkovacs, M.A. Friedman, D.J. Hasselman, and D.M. Post. 2017.  Nutrient loading by anadromous fishes: species-specific contributions and the effects of diversity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 74: 609–619 doi:10.1139/cjfas-2016-0136

Vanni, M.J., et al. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology doi:10.1002/ecy.1792


Hasselman, D.J., E.C. Anderson, E.E Argo, N.D Bethoney, S.P. Gephard, D.M. Post, B. P. Schondelmeier, T.F. Schultz, T.V. Willis, and E.P. Palkovacs. 2016. Genetic stock composition of marine bycatch reveals disproportional impacts on depleted river herring genetic stocks. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 73:951-963. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2015-040

Holgerson, M.A., D. M. Post, D. K. Skelly. 2016. Reconciling the role of terrestrial leaves in pond food webs: a whole-ecosystem experiment. Ecology 97:1771-1782 10.1890/15-1848.1

Jones, A.W., and D.M. Post. 2016. Does intraspecific competition promote variation? A test via synthesis. Ecology and Evolution 6:1646–1655doi:10.1002/ece3.1991

Walsh, M.R., T. Castoe, J. Holmes, M. Packer, K. Biles, M. Walsh, S. B. Munch, D.M. Post. 2016. Local adaptation in transgenerational responses to predators. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20152271 doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.2271

West, D.C. and D.M. Post. 2016. Impacts of warming revealed by linking resource growth rates with consumer functional responses. Journal of Animal Ecology 85:671–680doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12491


Brodersen, J., J.G. Howeth, and D.M. Post. 2015. Emergence of a novel prey life history promotes contemporary sympatric diversification in a top predator. Nature Communications 6:8115 doi:10.1038/ncomms9115

Dudley, J.P., B. Mudenda, F.H. Leendertz, J. De Castro, A.L. Subalusky, and M. Clauss. 2015. Carnivory in the common hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius: implications for the ecology and epidemiology of anthrax in African landscapes. Mammal Review.  doi:10.1111/mam.12056 

Palkovacs, E.P., D.C. Fryxell, N.E. Turley, D.M. Post. 2015.  Ecological effects of intraspecific consumer biodiversity for aquatic communities and ecosystems. In Aquatic Functional Biodiversity edited by Andrea Belgrano, Guy Woodward, and Ute Jacob. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-417015-5.00002-5

Subalusky, A.L. C.L. Dutton, E.J. Rosi-Marshall and D.M. Post. 2015. The hippopotamus conveyor belt: vectors of carbon and nutrients from terrestrial grasslands to aquatic systems in sub-Saharan Africa.  Freshwater Biology 60:512-525. doi:10.1111/fwb.12474    


Casey, M.M., G.P. Dielt, D.M. Post, and D.E.G. Briggs. 2014. The impact of eutrophication and commercial fishing on molluscan communities in Long Island Sound, USA. Biological Conservation 170:137-144. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.12.037  

Huss, M., J.G. Howeth, J. Osterman, and D.M. Post. 2014. Intraspecific phenotypic variation among alewife populations drives parallel phenotypic shifts in bluegill. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281:20140275 doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0275

Palkovacs, E.P., D.J. Hasselman, E.E. Argo, S.R. Gephard, K.E. Limburg, D.M. Post, T.F. Schultz, T.V. Willis. 2014. Combining genetic and demographic information to prioritize conservation efforts for anadromous alewife and blueback herring. Evolutionary Applications 7:212-226. doi:10.1111/eva.12111

Palkovacs, E.P., E.G. Mandeville, and D.M. Post. 2014. Contemporary trait change in a classic ecological experiment: rapid decrease in alewife gill-raker spacing following introduction to an inland lake. Freshwater Biology 59:1897-1901. doi:​10.1111/fwb.12392  

Pather, S., C. A. Pfister, M.A. Altabet, and D.M. Post. 2014. Ammonium cycling in the rocky intertidal: remineralization, removal and retention. Limnology and Oceanography 59: 361-372. doi:​10.4319/lo.2014.59.2.0361  

Pfister, C.A., M.A. Altabet, and D.M. Post. 2014. Animal regeneration and microbial retention of nitrogen along coastal rocky shores. Ecology 95:2803–2814doi:​10.1890/13-1825.1

Walsh, M.R., K. J. LaPierre, and D.M. Post. 2014. Phytoplankton composition modifies predator-driven life history evolution in Daphnia. Evolutionary Ecology 28:397-411. doi:10.1007/s10682-013-9666-7


Howeth, J.G., J.J. Weis, J. Brodersen, E.C. Hatton, and D.M. Post. 2013. Intraspecific variation in a fish predator affects multi-trophic lake metacommunity structure. Ecology and Evolution 15:5031-5044. doi: 10.1002/ece3.878

Jones, A.W., E.P. Palkovacs and D.M. Post. 2013. Recent parallel divergence in body shape and diet source of alewife life history forms. Evolutionary Ecology 27:1175-1187. doi:10.1007/s10682-013-9650-2

Jones, A.W., and D.M. Post. 2013. Consumer interaction strength may limit the diversifying effect of intraspecific competition: a test in alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus). American Naturalist 181:815-826. doi:10.1086/670197

Takimoto, G. and D.M. Post. 2013. Environmental determinants of food-chain length: a meta-analysis. Ecological Research 28:675–681. doi:10.1007/s11284-012-0943-7

Twining, C.W., and D.M. Post. 2013. Cladoceran remains reveal presence of a keystone size-selective planktivore. Journal of Paleolimnology 49:253-266. doi:10.1007/s10933-012-9672-8

Twining, C.W., D.C. West, and D.M. Post. 2013. Historical changes in nutrient inputs from humans and anadromous fish in New England’s coastal watersheds. Limnology and Oceanography. 58:1286–1300doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.4.1286

Weis, J.J., and D.M. Post. 2013. Intraspecific variation in a predator drives cascading variation in primary producer community composition. Oikos. 122:1343–1349. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.00258.x


Layman, C.A., M.S. Araujo, R. Boucek, C.M. Hammerschlag-Peyer, E. Harrison, Z.R. Jud, P. Matich, A.E. Rosenblatt, J. Vaudo, L.A. Yeager, D.M. Post, and S. Bearhop. 2012. Applying stable isotopes to examine food web structure: an overview of analytical tools. Biological Reviews 87:545-562. doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00208.x

Takimoto, G., D.M. Post, D.A. Spiller, and R.D. Holt. 2012. Effects of productivity, disturbance, and ecosystem size on food-chain length: insights from a metacommunity model of intraguild predation. Ecological Research 27:481-493. doi:10.1007/s11284-012-0929-5

Walsh, M.R., and D.M. Post. 2012. The impact of intraspecific variation in a fish predator on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and investment in sex in Daphnia ambigua. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:80-89.doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02403.x

Walsh, M.R., DeLong, J.P., Hanley, T.C., and D.M. Post. 2012. A cascade of evolutionary change alters consumer-resource dynamics and ecosystem function. Proc. R. Soc. B. 279:3184-3192 doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.0496


Casey, M.M., and D.M. Post.  2011.  The problem of isotopic baseline: reconstructing the diet and trophic position of fossil animals. Earth-Science Reviews 106:131-148. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.02.001

Schielke, E.G., E.P. Palkovacs, and D.M. Post. 2011. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks drive niche differences in the alewife. Biological Theory 6:211-219. doi:10.1007/s13752-012-0031-9

Walsh, M.R., and D.M. Post. 2011. Interpopulation variation in a fish predator drives evolutionary divergence in prey in lakes. Proc. R. Soc. B. 278:2628-2637. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2634

Walters, A. W., and D. M. Post. 2011. How low can you go? Impacts of a low flow disturbance on aquatic insect communities. Ecological Applications 21:163–174. doi:10.1890/09-2323.1

Walters, A.W. 2011. Resistance of aquatic insects to a low-flow disturbance: exploring a trait-based approach. J. North American Benthological Society 30:346-356. doi:10.1899/10-041.1


Jones, A.W., C.M. Dalton, E.S. Stowe, and D.M. Post. 2010. Contribution of declining anadromous fishes to the reproductive investment of a common piscivorous seabird, the double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus). Auk 127:696-703. doi:10.1525/auk.2010.09200

Sabo, J.L., J.C. Finlay, T. Kennedy, and D.M. Post. 2010.  The role of discharge variation in scaling of drainage area and food chain length in rivers. Science 330:965-967. doi:10.1126/science.1196005

Schielke, E.G., and D.M. Post. 2010. Size matters: comparing stable isotope ratios of tissue plugs and whole organisms. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 8:348-351. doi: 10.4319/lom.2010.8.348

West, D.C., A.W. Walters, S. Gephard, and D.M. Post. 2010. Nutrient loading by anadromous alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus): contemporary patterns and predictions for restoration efforts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67:1211-1220. doi:10.1139/F10-059


Dalton, C.M., D. Ellis, and D.M. Post. 2009. The impact of double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) predation on anadromous alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) in south-central Connecticut, USA. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66(2): 177–186. doi:10.1139/F08-198

Palkovacs, E.P., and D.M. Post. 2009. Experimental evidence that phenotypic divergence in predators drive community divergence in prey. Ecology 90(2): 300-305. doi:10.1890/08-1673.1

Post, D.M., and E.P. Paklovacs. 2009. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in community and ecosystem ecology: interactions between the ecological theater and the evolutionary play. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 1629-1640. doi:10.1098/rstb.2009.0012

Post, D.M. and A.W. Walters. 2009. Nutrient excretion rates of anadromous alewives during their spawning migration. Transactions of the American Fishery Society 138(2): 264–268. doi:10.1577/T08-111.1

Sabo, J.L., J.C. Finlay and D.M. Post. 2009. Food chains in freshwater. The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2009. 1162:187-220. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04445.x

Walters, A.W., R.T. Barnes, and D.M. Post. 2009. Anadromous alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) contribute marine-derived nutrients to coastal stream food webs. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66(3): 439–448. doi:10.1139/F09-008


Layman, C.A., and D.M. Post. 2008. Can stable isotope ratios provide for community-wide measures of trophic structure?: Reply. Ecology 89:2358–2359.

Paetzold, A., M. Lee, and D.M. Post. 2008. Marine resource flows to terrestrial arthropod predators on a temperate island - the role of subsidies between systems of similar productivity. Oecologia 157:653-659. doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1098-7

Palkovacs, E.P., K.B. Dion, D.M. Post, and A. Caccone. 2008. Independent evolution of landlocked alewife populations and rapid, parallel evolution of phenotypic traits. Molecular Ecology 17:582-597. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03593.x

Palkovacs, E.P., and D.M. Post. 2008. Eco-evolutionary interactions between predators and prey: can predator-induced changes to prey communities feedback to shape predator foraging traits? Evolutionary Ecology Research 10:699-720.

Post, D.M., E.P. Palkovacs, E.G. Schielke, and S.I. Dodson. 2008. Intraspecific phenotypic variation in a predator affects zooplankton community structure and cascading trophic interactions. Ecology 89:2019-2032. doi:10.1890/07-1216.1

Sabo, J. L. and D. M. Post. 2008. Quantifying periodic, stochastic and catastrophic variation in the environment using time series of environmental conditions. Ecological Monographs 78:19-40. doi:10.1890/06-1340.1

Takimoto, G., D.A. Spiller, and D. M. Post. 2008. Ecosystem size, but not disturbance, determines food-chain length on islands in the Bahamas. Ecology 89:3001-3007. doi:10.1890/07-1990.1

Walters, A.W. and D.M. Post. 2008. An experimental disturbance alters fish size structure, but not food chain length in streams. Ecology 89:89:3261-3267. doi:10.1890/08-0273.1


Post, D.M. 2007. Testing the productive space hypothesis: rational and power. Oecologia 153:973-984.

Post, D.M., D.A. Arrington, C.A. Layman, G. Takimoto, J. Quattrochi, and C. G. Montaña. 2007. Getting to the fat of the matter: models, methods and assumptions for dealing with lipids in stable isotope analyses. Oecologia 152:179-189.doi:10.1007/s00442-006-0630-x

Post, D.M. and G. Takimoto. 2007. Proximate structural mechanisms for variation in food-chain length. Oikos 116:775-782.doi:10.1111/j.0030-1299.2007.15552.x

Post, D.M., M.W. Doyle, J.L. Sabo, and J.C. Finlay. 2007. The problem of boundaries in defining ecosystems: a potential landmine for uniting geomorphology and ecology. Geomorphology 89:111-126.doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.07.014

Layman, C.A., D.A. Arrington, C.G. Montaña and D.M. Post. 2007. Can stable isotope ratios provide for community-wide measures of trophic structure? Ecology 88:42-48.doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2007)88[42:CSIRPF]2.0.CO;2

2005 and older

Puth, L.M., and D.M. Post. 2005. Studying invasion: have we missed the boat? Ecology Letters 8:715-721.

Moore, J.C, E.L. Berlow, D.C. Coleman, P.C. de Ruiter, Q. Dong, A. Hastings, N.C. Johnson, K.S. McCann, K. Melville, P.J. Morin, K. Nadelhoffer, A.D. Rosemond, D.M. Post, J.L. Sabo, K.M. Scow, M.J. Vanni, and D.H. Wall. 2004. Detritus, trophic dynamics, and biodiversity. Ecology Letters 7:584-600

Post, D.M. 2003. Individual variation in the timing of ontogenetic niche shifts in largemouth bass. Ecology 84:1298–1310.

Williams, J.W., D.M. Post, L.C. Cwynar, A.F. Lotter, and A.J. Levesque. 2002. Vegetation responses to past rapid climate change. Geology 30:971-974.

Post, D.M. 2002. The long and short of food-chain length. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17:269-277. 

Post, D.M. 2002. Using stable isotopes to estimate trophic position: models, methods, and assumptions. Ecology 83:703-718. 

Hairston, H.G., Jr., C.L. Holtmeier, W. Lampert, L.J. Weider, D.M. Post, J.M. Fischer, C.E. Cáceres, J.A. Fox, and U. Gaedke. 2002. Natural selection for grazer resistance to toxic cyanobacteria: the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. Evolution 55:2203-2214.

Shurin, J., S. Gergel, D. Kaufman, D. Post, E. Seabloom, and J. Williams. 2001. Letter: in defense of ecology. The Scientist 15:6.

Post, D.M., M.L. Pace, and N.G. Hairston Jr. 2000. Ecosystem size determines food-chain length in lakes. Nature 405:1047-1049.

Post, D.M., M.E. Conners, and D.S. Goldberg. 2000. Prey preference by a top predator and the stability of linked food chains. Ecology 81:8-14.

Hairston, N.G., Jr., W. Lampert, C.E. Cáceres, C.L. Holtmeier, L.J. Weider, U. Gaedke, J.M. Fischer, J.A. Fox, D.M. Post. 1999. Rapid evolution revealed by dormant eggs. Nature 401:446.

Sanderson, B.L., T.R Hrabik, J.J. Magnuson, and D.M. Post. 1999. Cyclic dynamics of a yellow perch (Perca flavescens) population in an oligotrophic lake: evidence for the role of intraspecific interactions. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56:1534-1542.

Kitchell, J.F., D.E. Schindler, B.R. Herwig, D.M. Post, M.H. Olson, and M. Oldham. 1999. Nutrient cycling at the landscape scale: the role of diel foraging migrations by geese at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Limnology and Oceanography 44:828-836.

Post, D.M., J.P. Taylor, J.F. Kitchell, M.H. Olson, D.E. Schindler, and B.R. Herwig. 1998. The role of migratory waterfowl as nutrient vectors in managed wetlands. Conservation Biology 12:910-920.

Post, D.M., J.F. Kitchell, and J.R. Hodgson. 1998. Interactions among adult demography, spawning date, growth rate, predation, overwinter mortality, and the recruitment of largemouth bass in a northern lake. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:2588-2600.

Post, D.M., S.R. Carpenter, D.L. Christensen, K.L. Cottingham, J.F. Kitchell, D.E. Schindler, and J.R. Hodgson. 1997. Seasonal effects of variable recruitment of a dominant piscivore on pelagic food web structure. Limnology and Oceanography 42:722-729.

Post, D.M., and J.F. Kitchell. 1997. Trophic ontogeny and life history effects on interactions between age-0 fishes and zooplankton. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Advances in Limnology 49:1-12.

Hansson, S., D.M. Post, J.F. Kitchell, and T.S. Mc Comish. 1997. Interactions of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) in southern Lake Michigan: a model analysis. Pages 7-20 in Forage Fishes in Marine Ecosystems. Alaska Sea Grant Program. AK-SG-97-01.

Carpenter, S.R., J.F. Kitchell, K.L. Cottingham, D.E. Schindler, D.L. Christensen, D.M. Post, and N. Voichick. 1996. Chlorophyll variability, phosphorus input and grazing: evidence from whole-lake experiments. Ecology 77:725-735.

Johnson, J.M. and D.M. Post. 1996. Morphological constraints on intra-cohort cannibalism in age-0 largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 125:809-812.

Carpenter, S.R., D.L. Christensen, J.J. Cole, K.L. Cottingham, X. He, J.R. Hodgson, J.F. Kitchell, S.E. Knight, M.L. Pace, D.M. Post, D.E. Schindler, N. Voichick. 1995. Biological control of eutrophication in lakes. Environmental Science & Technology 29:784-786.

Post, D.M., T.M. Frost, and J.F. Kitchell. 1995. Morphological responses by Bosmina longirostris and Eubosmina tubicen to changes in copepod predator populations during a whole-lake acidification experiment. Journal of Plankton Research 17:1621-1632.