Naomi E. Pierce

Naomi E. Pierce

Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows
Naomi Pierce

Faculty Support: Maggie Starvish

Behavioral ecology and evolution, focusing on species interactions such as insect/host plant associations and symbioses between insects and other organisms; life history evolution and systematics of Lepidoptera.


Recent Publications

Baker, C.C.M, Martins, D.J., Pelaez, J.N., Billen, J.P.J., Pringle, A., Frederickson, M.E. and N.E. Pierce (2016) Distinctive fungal communities in an obligate African ant plant mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 20162501.

Bittleston, L.S., Pierce, N.E., Ellison, A.M. and A. Pringle (2016) Convergence in multispecies interactions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 269-280.

Espeland,, M.M., Hall, J.P.W., DeVries, P.J., Lees, D.C., Cornwall, M., Hsu, Yu-Feng, Wu, L-W, Campbell, D., Talavera, G., Vila, R. Salzman, S., Ruehr, S., Lohman, D.J. and N.E. Pierce. (2015). Ancient Neotropical origin and recent recolonisation: Phylogeny, biogeography and diversification of the Riodinidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution93: 296-306.

Hojo, M.K., Pierce, N.E. and K. Tsuji. (2015). Lycaenid caterpillar secretions manipulate attendant ant behavior.  Current Biology 25: 2260-2264.

Kaliszewska, Z.A., Lohman, D.L., Sommer, K., Adelson, G.S., Rand, D.B., Mathew, J. and N. E. Pierce. (2015).  When caterpillars attack: biogeography and life history evolution of the Miletinae (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Evolution 69: 571-588.

Rabeling, C., Schultz, T.R., Pierce, N.E. and M. Bacci Jr. (2014). A social parasite evolved reproductive isolation from its fungus-growing ant host in sympatry.  Current Biology 24: 2047-2052; with Commentary by Boomsma, J.J. and D.R. Nash R798-800.

Kocher, S.D., Pellissier, L., Veller, C., Purcell, J., Nowak, M.A., Chapuisat, M. and N. E. Pierce.  (2014).  Transitions in social complexity along elevational gradients reveal a combined impact of season length and development time on social evolution.  Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20140627.

Sanders, J.G., Powell, S., Kronauer, D.J.C., Vasconcelos, H.L., Frederickson, M.E. and N.E. Pierce.  (2014).  Stability and phylogenetic correlation in gut microbiota: lessons from ants and apes.  Molecular Ecology23: 1268-1283.

Groen, S.C., Whiteman, N.K., Bahrami, A.K., Wilczek, A.M., Cui, J., Russell, J.A., Cibrian-Jaramillo, A., Butler, I.A.E., Rana, J., Huang, G.H., Bush, J., Ausubel, F.M. and N.E. Pierce. (2013). Pathogen- triggered ethylene signaling mediates systemic induced susceptibility to herbivory in Arabidopsis.  Plant Cell 25: 4755-4766.

Whiteman, N.K., Gloss, A.D., Sackton, T.B., GroenS.C., Humphrey, P.T., Lapoint, R.T., Sønderby, I.E., Halkier, B.A., Kocks, C., Ausubel, F.M. and N.E. Pierce.  (2012).  Genes involved in the evolution of herbivory by a leaf-mining, drosophilid fly.  Genome Biology and Evolution 4: 900-916 (cover).

Archetti, M., Scheuring, I., Hoffman, M., Frederickson, M.E., Pierce, N.E., Yu, D.W. (2011). Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation.  Ecology Letters 14: 1300-1312 (cover).

Ramírez, S.R., Eltz, T., Fujiwara, M.K., Gerlach, G., Goldman-Huertas, B., Tsutsui, N.D. and N.E. Pierce.  (2011). Asynchronous diversification in a specialized plant-pollinator mutualism.  Science 333: 1742-1746.

Vila, R., Bell, C.D., Macniven, R., Goldman-Huertas, B., Ree, R.H., Marshall, C.R., Bálint, Zs., Johnson, K., Benyamini, D. and N.E. Pierce. (2011) Phylogeny and paleoecology of Polyommatus blue butterflies show Beringia was a climate- regulated gateway to the New World. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 2737-2744.

Russell, JA, B Goldman-Huertas, CS Moreau, L Baldo, JK Stahlut, JH Werren and NE Pierce (2009). Host specificity and geographic isolation among Wolbachia symbionts from ants and lycaenid butterflies. Evolution 63: 624-640.

Contact Information

The Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-2576


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