Jenn DunneJennifer Dunne

 

Current Positions

-Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute. Santa Fe, NM
-Co-Director, Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab. Berkeley, CA
-Affiliated Faculty, Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School.

Santa Fe, NM Address: Santa Fe Institute 1399 Hyde Park Road Santa Fe, NM 87501 Santa Fe Institute profile (with CV in pdf form): www.santafe.edu/profiles/?pid=67
Citation page: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-4714-2008

email: jdunne@santafe.edu
phone: (505) 946-2766;
fax: (505) 982-0565

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Research Interests

For about a decade, I conducted experimental and natural gradient field research on how climate change and microclimate impact and interact with vegetation dynamics and biogeochemistry in chaparral and subalpine meadow ecosystems. Over the last few years, I have shifted into theoretical and computational ecology to elucidate and explain general patterns of ecosystem structure and function, focusing on networks of predator-prey interactions expressed as complex food webs. I am using this framework to explore how trophic structure and dynamics interact to promote ecosystem robustness to perturbations such as biodiversity loss and invasions, with broader implications for stability of other types of biotic and abiotic networks. In addition to working with contemporary food webs, I am coordinating an interdisciplinary effort between ecologists and paleobiologists to construct and analyze detailed "paleofoodwebs." We are using these food webs, which extend back more than 500 million years before present, to look at the evolution of ecosystem structure through deep time. We hope to encourage the development of rigorous, quantitative paleoecological community studies by other researchers. I am also collaborating with archaeologists to look at how Aleuts interacted with the complex, interconnected marine, intertidal, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems of the Sanak Island Archipelago (Aluetian Islands, Alaska) over the last 6,000 years. My interest in facilitating widespread scientific communication and data sharing also motivated my involvement in two interdisciplinary National Science Foundation funded projects, "Webs on the Web: Internet Database, Analysis and Visualization of Ecological Networks" (WoW), and "Semantic Prototypes in Research Ecoinformatics" (SPiRE). My colleagues and I are developing a WWW knowledge base with integrated ecoinformatics and semantic web tools for biocomplexity research and education relating to the structure and dynamics of empirical and model food webs and other ecological networks.

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Education, Honors, Experience

Education

2000 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Energy and Resources Group

1994 M.A. San Francisco State University
Biology, concentration in Ecology and Systematic Biology

1989 A.B. Harvard University
Philosophy

Honors

Santa Fe Institute, Research Fellowship (2007-2010)
Santa Fe Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003)
National Science Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics (2000-2002)
Department of Energy, Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined) (2000)
University of California, Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Studies (1999-2000)
Soroptimist Founder Region, Dissertation Writing Fellowship (1999)
Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship (1996-1999)
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (1996)
University of California, Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Studies (1994-1996)
California Botanical Society, Graduate Student Meeting, Best Presentation, Ongoing Research (1994)
San Francisco State University, Maxwell Memorial Scholarship (1992-1993)
San Francisco State University, Biology Department Scholarship (1992-1993)
San Francisco State University, Graduate Equity Fellowship (1992)
Harvard University, Cum Laude, General Studies (1989)
Harvard University, John Harvard Scholarship, Highest Academic Distinction (1989)
Harvard University, Elizabeth Agassiz Cert. of Merit, High Academic Distinction (1986-1988)

Experience

Research Professor. 2007-present.
Santa Fe Institute. Santa Fe, NM.

Co-Director. 2004-present.
Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab. Berkeley, CA.

Affiliated Faculty. 2006-present.
Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School. Santa Fe, NM.

Research Associate. 2003-2008.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Gothic, CO.

Visiting Professor. 2003-2007.
Santa Fe Institute. Santa Fe, NM.

NEON Design Consortium Member. 2005.
Science and Human Dimensions Committee, Emerging Issues Subcommittee.

Postdoctoral Fellow. 2001-2003.
Santa Fe Institute. Santa Fe, NM. NSF

Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Informatics. 2000-2002.
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University. Tiburon, CA.

Principal Investigator. 1996-2000.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Gothic, CO.

Research Assistant. 1992-1996.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Gothic, CO. 1995-1996.
San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA. 1992-1994.
Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis. Bodega Bay, CA. 1993.

Curatorial Assistant. 1992-1994.
San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA.
Harry D. Thiers Fungi Collection & National Archive; SFSU Vascular Plant Teaching Collection.

Teaching Assistant. 1992.
Biology 529-Plant Ecology, San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA.

Ecological Consultant. 1992.
Pacific Gas and Electric. San Francisco, CA.

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Publications

click here for links to pdfs of these and other publications

2008

Belgrano, A.,J.A. Dunne, and J. Bascompte.  In press.
Food webs.
Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences.  Academic Press.
Dunne, J.A. In press.

Food webs.

Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science.  Springer.

>Dunne, J.A., R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, R.A. Wood, and D.E. Erwin.  2008.
Compilation and network analyses of Cambrian food webs.
PLoS Biology 5:e102. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060102.

Lafferty, K.D., S. Allesina, M. Arim, C.J. Briggs, G. DeLeo, A. Dobson, J.A. Dunne, P.T.J. Johnson, A.M. Kuris, D.J. Marcogliese, N.D. Martinez, J. Memmott, P.A. Marquet, J.P. McLaughlin, E.A. Mordecai, M. Pascual, R. Poulin, and D.W. Thieltges. 2008.
Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links.
Ecology Letters 11:533-546.

2007

Srinivasan, U.T.,J.A. Dunne, J. Harte, and N.D. Martinez .  2007.
Response of complex food webs to realistic extinction sequences.
Ecology 88:671-682.

2006

Dunne, J.A. 2006.
The network structure of food webs.
Pages 27-86 in Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs.
M. Pascual and J.A. Dunne, eds.  Oxford University Press.

Martinez, N.D., R.J. Williams, and J.A. Dunne.  2006.
Diversity, complexity and persistence in large model ecosystems.
Pages 163-185 in Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs.
M. Pascual and J.A. Dunne, eds.  Oxford University Press.

Memmott, J., D. Alonso, E.L. Berlow, A. Dobson, J.A. Dunne, R. Sole, and J. Wietz.  2006.
Biodiversity loss and ecological network structure.
Pages 325-347 in Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs.
M. Pascual and J.A. Dunne, eds.  Oxford University Press.

Pascual, M., and J.A. Dunne, eds.  2006. 
Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs
Oxford Unviersity Press.

Pascual, M., and J.A. Dunne, eds.  2006. 
From small to large ecological networks in a dynamic world.
Pages 3-24 in Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs
M. Pascual and J.A. Dunne, eds.  Oxford Unviersity Press.

Pascual, M., J.A. Dunne, and S.A. Levin.  2006.
Challenges for the future: integrating ecological structure and dynamics.
Pages 351-371 in Ecological Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs.
M. Pascual and J.A. Dunne, eds.  Oxford University Press.

2005

Belgrano, A., U. Scharler, J.A. Dunne, and R.E. Ulanowicz, eds.  2005.
Aquatic Food Webs: An Ecosystem Approach.
Oxford University Press.

Dell, A.I., C. Banasek-Richter, J.A. Dunne, G.D. Lolloris, M. Londoh, N.D. Martinez, and T. Romanuk.  In press.
How do complex food webs persist in nature?
Pages 425-436 in Dynamic Food Webs: Multispecies Assemblages, Ecosystem Devlopment and Environmental Change.
P.C. de Ruiter, V. Wolters, and J.C. Moore, eds.  Theoretical Ecology Series, Elsevier, Academic Press.

Dunne, J.A., U. Brose, R.J. Williams, and N.D. Martinez.  2005.
Modeling food-web structure: complexity-stability implications.
Pages 117-129 in Aquatic Food Webs: An Ecosystem Approach.
A. Belgrano, U. Scharler, J.A. Dunne, and R.E. Ulanowicz, eds.  Oxford University Press.
(previously, Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 04-07-021)

Green, J.L., A. Hastings, P. Arzberger, G. Ayala, K.L. Cottingham, F. Davis, J.A. Dunne, M.-J. Fortin, L. Gerber, and M. Neubert.  2005.
Complexity in ecology and conservation: mathematical, statistical, and computational challenges.
Bioscience 55:501-511.

Yoon, I., S. Yoon, R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, and J.A. Dunne.  2005.
Interactive 3D visualization of highly connected ecological networks on the WWW.
20th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2005), Multimedia and Visualization Section 1207-1217.

2004

Dunne, J.A., S.R. Saleska, M.L. Fischer, and J. Harte.  2004.
Integrating experimental and gradient methods in ecological climate change research.
Ecology 85:904-916.

Dunne, J.A., R.J. Williams, and N.D. Martinez.  2004.
Network structure and robustness of marine food webs.
Marine Ecology Progress Series 273:291-302. 
(previously, Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 03-04-024)

Starzomski, B.M., B.J. Cardinale, J.A. Dunne, M.J. Hillery, C.A. Holt, M.A. Krawchuk, M. Lage, S. McMahon, and M.C. Melnychuk.  2004.
Contemporary visions of progress in ecology and thoughts for the future.
Ecology and Society 9:14.  http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol9/iss1/art14

Yoon, I., R.J. Williams, E. Levine, S. Yoon, J.A. Dunne, and N.D. Martinez.  2004.
Webs on the Web (WOW): 3D visualization of ecological networks on the WWW for collaborative research and education.
Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging, Visualization and Data Analysis Section 124-132.

Yoon, I., S. Yoon, R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, and J.A. Dunne.  2004.
3D visualization and analysis of ecological networks.
Proceedings of the Seventh LASTED International Conterence on COmputer Graphic and Imaging 224-229.

2003

Dunne, J.A., J. Harte, and K.J. Taylor.  2003.
Subalpine meadow flowering phenology responses to climate change: integrating experimental and gradient methods.
Ecological Monographs 73:69-86.

2002

Dunne, J.A., R.J. Williams, and N.D. Martinez.  2002.
Network structure and biodiversity loss in food webs: robustness increases with connectance.
Ecology Letters 5:558-567.
(previously, Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 02-03-013)

Dunne, J.A., R.J. Williams, and N.D. Martinez.  2002.
Food-web structure and network theory: the role of connectance and size.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99:12917-12922.
(previously, Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 02-03-010)

Saleska, S.R., M.R. Shaw, M.L. Fischer, J.A. Dunne, C.J. Still, M.L. Holman, and J. Harte.  2002.
Plant community composition mediates both large transient decline and predicted long-term recovery of soil carbon under climate warming.
Global Biogeochemical Cycles 16:1055.

Williams, R.J., E.L. Berlow, J.A. Dunne, A.-L. Barabási, and N.D. Martinez.  2002.
Two degrees of separation in complex food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99:12913-12916.
(previously, Santa Fe Institute Working Paper 01-07-037)

2001

Dunne, J.A., and J. Harte.  2001.
Greenhouse effect.
Pages 277-293 in Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Volume III.
S. Levin, ed.  Academic Press.

2000

Dunne, J.A.  2000.
Climate change impacts on community and ecosystem properties: integrating manipulations and gradient studies in montane meadows.
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

1999

Dunne, J.A., and V.T. Parker.  1999.
Species-mediated soil moisture availability and patchy establishment of Pseudotsuga menziesii in chaparral.
Oecologia 119:36-45.

1998

Martinez, N.D., and J.A. Dunne. 1998.
Time, space, and beyond: scale issues in food web research.
Pages 207-226 in Ecological Scale: Theory and Applications.
D.L. Peterson and V.T. Parker, eds.  Columbia University Press.

1994

Dunne, J.A.  1994.
Seasonal soil moisture patterns and establishment of Pseudotsuga menziesii in chaparral.
Masters Thesis, San Francisco State University.

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