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  • Johnston, S., M. Cohen, T. Torok, R. Meentemeyer and N. Rank. 2016. Host Phenology and Leaf Effects on Susceptibility of California Bay Laurel toPhytophthora ramorum. Phytopathology 106: 47-55.

  • Haas, S., J. Cushman, W. Dillon, N. Rank, D. Rizzo and R. Meentemeyer. 2015. Effects of Individual, Community and Landscape Drivers on the Dynamics of a Wildland Forest Epidemic. Ecology: DOI: 10.1890/15-0767.1..

  • Boychuk, E., J. Smiley, E. Dahlhoff, M. Bernards, N. Rank and B. Sinclair. 2015. Cold tolerance of the montane Sierra leaf beetle, Chrysomela aeneicollis. Journal of Insect Physiology 81: 157-166.

  • Dellicour, S., S. Fearnley, A. Lombal, S. Heidl, E. Dahlhoff, N. Rank and P. Mardulyn. 2014. Inferring past and present connectivity across the range of a North American leaf beetle from multi-locus sequence data: combining ecological-niche modeling and a geographically explicit model of coalescence. Evolution 68: 2371-2385.

  • Dick, C., N. Rank, M. McCarthy, S. McWeeney, D. Hollis and E. Dahlhoff. 2013. Effects of Temperature Variation on Male Behavior and Mating Success in a Montane Beetle. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86: 432-440.

  • Otto, S., E. Berlow and N. Rank. 2008. Predator diversity and identity drive interaction strength and trophic cascades in a food web. Ecology [H.W. Wilson - GS] 89: 134.

  • Meentemeyer, R.K., N.E. Rank, D. Shoemaker, C. O'Neal and D.M. Rizzo. 2008. Impacts of sudden oak death on tree mortality in the Big Sur ecoregion of California. Biological Invasions 10: 1243-1255.

  • Anacker, B., N. Rank, D. Huberli, M. Garbelotto, S. Gordon, T. Harnik, R. Whitkus and R. Meentemeyer. 2008. Susceptibility to Phytophthora ramorum in a key infectious host. New Phytologist 177: 756-766.

  • Otto, S., E. Berlow, N. Rank, J. Smiley and U. Brose. 2008. Predator diversity and identity drive interaction strength and trophic cascades in a food web. Ecology 89: 134-144.

  • Meentemeyer, R., N. Rank, B. Anacker, D. Rizzo and J. Cushman. 2008. Influence of land-cover change on the spread of an invasive forest pathogen. Ecological Applications 18: 159-171.

  • Dahlhoff, E., S. Fearnley, D. Bruce, A. Gibbs, R. Stoneking, D. McMillan, K. Deiner, (...) and N. Rank. 2008. Effects of temperature on physiology and reproductive success of a montane leaf beetle. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81: 718-732.

  • Dahlhoff, E. and N. Rank. 2007. Role of stress proteins in responses of a montane willow leaf beetle to environmental temperature variation. Journal of Biosciences 32: 477-488.

  • Rank, N., D. Bruce, D. McMillan, C. Barclay and E. Dahlhoff. 2007. Phosphoglucose isomerase genotype affects running speed and heat shock protein expression after exposure to extreme temperatures in a montane willow beetle. The Journal of Experimental Biology.

  • Rank, N.E., K.Y. Yturralde and E.P. Dahlhoff. 2006. Role of contests in the scramble competition mating system of a leaf beetle. Journal of Insect Behavior 19: 699-716.

  • Zvereva, E. and N.E. Rank. 2004. Fly parasitoid Megaselia opacicornis uses defensive secretions of a leaf beetle Chrysomela lapponica for host location. Oecologia 140: 516-522.

  • Garcia-Rossi, D., N. Rank and D. Strong. 2003. Potential for self-defeating biological control? Variation in herbivore vulnerability among invasive Spartina genotypes. Ecological Applications 13: 1640-1649.

  • Zvereva, E. and N.E. Rank. 2003. Host plant effects on parasitoid attack on the leaf beetle Chrysomela lapponica. Oecologia 135: 258-267.

  • Rank, N. and E. Dahlhoff. 2002. Allele frequency shifts in response to climate change and physiological consequences of allozyme variation in a montane insect. Evolution 56: 2278-2289.

  • Sears, A., J.T. Smiley, M. Hilker, F. Müller and N.E. Rank. 2001. Nesting Behavior and Prey Use in Two Geographically Separated Populations of the Specialist Wasp Symmorphus cristatus (Vespidae. The American Midland Naturalist 145: 233-246.

  • Dahlhoff, E. and N. Rank. 2000. Functional and physiological consequences of genetic variation at phosphoglucose isomerase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 97: 10056-10061.

  • Anttila, C., C. Daehler and N. Rank. 1998. Greater male fitness of a rare invader (Spartina alterniflora, Poaceae) threatens a common native (Spartina foliosa) with hybridization. American Journal of Botany [H.W. Wilson - GS] 85: 1597.

  • Rank, N., A. Köpf, R. Julkunen-Tiitto and J. Tahvanainen. 1998. Host Preference and Larval Performance of the Salicylate-Using Leaf Beetle Phratora vitellinae. Ecology 79: 618-631.

  • Kopf, A., N. Rank, H. Roininen, R. Julkunen-Tiitto, J. Pasteels and J. Tahvanainen. 1998. Evolution of host-plant use and sequestration in the leaf beetle genus Phratora (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Evolution 52: 517-528.

  • Kopf, A., N. Rank, H. Roininen and J. Tahvanainen. 1997. Defensive larval secretions of leaf beetles attract a specialist predator Parasyrphus nigritarsis. Ecological Entomology 22: 176-183.

  • Köpf, A., N. Rank and H. Roininen. 1996. Geographic variation in feeding and mating preferences in the Phratora tibialis complex. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 80: 311-314.

  • Rank, N. and J. Smiley. 1994. Host-Plant effects on Parasyrphus melanderi (Diptera, Syrphidae) feeding on a willow leaf beetle Chrysomela aeneicollis (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae). Ecological Entomology 19: 31-38.

  • Rank, N. 1994. Host-Plant Effects on Larval Survival of a Salicin-Using Leaf Beetle Chrysomela aeneicollis Schaeffer (Coleoptera. Oecologia 97: 342-353.

  • Rank, N. 1992. Host Plant Preference Based on Salicylate Chemistry in a Willow Leaf Beetle (Chrysomela aeneicollis). Oecologia 90: 95-101.

  • Rank, N. 1992. Hierarchical Analysis of Genetic Differentiation in a Montane Leaf Beetle Chrysomela aeneicollis (Coleoptera. Evolution 46: 1097-1111.

  • Smiley, J. and N. Rank. 1986. Predator Protection versus Rapid Growth in a Montane Leaf Beetle. Oecologia 70: 106-112.

  • Smiley, J., J. Horn and N.E. Rank. 1985. Ecological Effects of Salicin at Three Trophic Levels. Science 229: 649-651.

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Educational Background

  • 1990-1992 – post-doc, Zoological Institute, University of Basel (Evolutionary ecology)

  • 1990-1992 – post-doc, Free University of Brussels (Evolutionary ecology)

  • 1990 – Ph.D., University of California-Davis (Zoology)

  • 1983-1987 – Ph.D. cand, University of California-Irvine (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

  • 1983 – BA, Kalamazoo College (Biology)

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  • Physiological and genetic basis of responses to winter in a Sierra willow leaf beetle.

  • Adaptive significance of genomic variation in a montane insect.

  • S3: STEPping up STEM at SSU.

  • Ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change in Sierra Nevada populations of a montane willow beetle

  • Long-term study of disease dynamics and forest impacts caused by Phytophthora ramorum in northern California.

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Positions & Honors

  • 2011-2014 – Department Chair, Sonoma State University ((Department of Biology))

  • 2011 – Goldstein Award for excellence in research and scholarship, Sonoma State University

  • 2000-2009 – Director of Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Sonoma State University

  • 1991-1992 – NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship , National Science Foundation

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Collaborators, Advisors & Advisees

  • Dahlhoff, E – Santa Clara University

  • Mardulyn, P – Free University of Brussels, Belgium

  • Meentemeyer, R – North Carolina State University

  • Sinclair, B – University of Western Ontario

  • Smiley, J – White Mountain Research Center (emeritus)

  • Stillman, J – San Francisco State University

  • Wheat, C – Stockholm University

  • Williams, C – University of California-Berkeley

  • Zvereva, E – University of Turku

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