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David H. Wise, PhD


Biological Sciences


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3476 SES


845 W. Taylor St.

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(312) 413-9191

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Using a wide variety of approaches, I have conducted empirical field research for 35 years on the structure and dynamics of the detritus-based, arthropod-focused soil food web of deciduous forests. Building upon this empirical work, my research now focuses on the mathematical modeling of the dynamics of soil food webs.

Please visit my lab web site for a detailed description of my background and research interests, and the current projects of my research team.

Selected Publications

(Complete list of publications on Google Scholar)

  1. Wise, D. H. and J. R. Lensing2019.Impacts of rainfall extremes predicted by climate-change models on major trophic groups in the leaf-litter arthropod community.  Journal of Animal Ecology.  In Press.
  2. McCary, M. A., M. L. Zellner, and D. H. Wise.  2019.  The role of plant-mycorrhizal mutualisms in deterring plant invasions: Insights from an individual-based model. Ecology and Evolution 9: 2018-20.
  3. Lawrence, K. L. and D. H. Wise. 2017.Long-term resource addition to a detrital food web yields a pattern of response more complex than pervasive bottom-up control.  PeerJ 5: e3572.
  4. McCary, M. A., R. Mores, M. A. Farfan and D. H. Wise.  2016. Invasive plants have different effects on trophic structure of green and brown food webs in terrestrial ecosystems: A meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 19: 328-335.
  5. Iannone, B. V. III, M. L. Zellner, and D. H. Wise. 2014. Modeling the impacts of life-history traits, canopy dynamics, and establishment location on woodland shrub invasions. Ecological Applications 24: 467–483.
  6. Orlando, P. A., J. S. Brown and D. H. Wise.  2012. Coexistence and community structure in a consumer resource model with explicit stoichiometry.  Theoretical Population Biology 82: 77-84.
  7. Moya-Laraño, J. and D. H. Wise. 2007. Two simple strategies of analysis to increase the power of experiments with multiple response variables. Basic and Applied Ecology 8: 398-410.
  8. Moya-Laraño, J. and D. H. Wise.  2000. Survival regression analysis: A powerful tool for evaluating fighting and assessment. Animal Behaviour 60: 307-313.
  9. Wise, D. H.  1993.  Spiders in Ecological Webs.  Cambridge Studies in Ecology, Cambridge University Press.  Cambridge (UK).  328 p. (Paperback Edition, 1995).
  10. Wise, D. H.  1989. Modelling of energy flow in forest decomposer communities (Zur Funktion der Fauna in einem Mullbuchenwald 19). Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 17: 327-340.


PhD, University of Michigan, 1974

MS, University of Michigan, 1969

BA, Swarthmore College, 1967

Selected Presentations

Wise, D. H.2019. “Trophic interactions in the leaf-litter community: Insights from mesocosm experiments in North American deciduous forests,” Research Training Group in the Enrichment of European Beech Forests with Conifers, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Wise, D. H. 2019.  “Analysis of ecological field experiments with the new statistics,” Animal Ecology Working Group, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Wise, D. H.2017. “The strength of top-down and bottom-up control processes in the soil food web: Insights from field experiments,” Second Weaver Symposium, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (CSIC) and Universidad de Almería, Spain.

Wise, D. H.,K. L. Lawrence, and J. R. Lensing.  2014. “Impacts of global climate change on the leaf-litter arthropod community:  Effects of altered detrital input and rainfall extremes in two long term field experiments in a deciduous forest,” Symposium on Assessing the Pressures and Threats: Impacts of Global Change on Soil Communities, Ecosystem Functioning and Ecosystem Services, First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dijon, France.