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David H. Wise, PhD


Biological Sciences


Building & Room:

3476 SES


845 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone Voice:

(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. 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: 2018-230.
  2. Sánchez-de León, Y, D. H. Wise, J. Lugo-Pérez, R. Norby, S. James and M. A. González-Meler. 2018. Endogeic earthworm densities increase in response to higher fine-root NPP in a forest exposed to elevated CO 2 . Soil Biology and Biochemistry 122: 31-38.
  3. McCary, M. A., E. Minor and D. H. Wise. 2018. Covariation between local and landscape factors influences the structure of ground-active arthropod communities in fragmented metropolitan woodlands. Landscape Ecology 33: 225-239.
  4. 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. PeerJ5: e3572
  5. 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.
  6. Verdeny-Vilaltal, O., C. W. Fox, D. H. Wise, and J. Moya-Laraño. 2015. Foraging mode affects the evolution of egg size in generalist predators embedded in complex food webs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1225-1233.
  7. Iannone, B. V., III, L. Heneghan, D. Rijal, and D. H. Wise. 2015. Below-ground causes and consequences of woodland shrub invasions: a novel paired-point framework reveals new insights. Journal of Applied Ecology. 52: 78-88.
  8. Sánchez-de León, Y., J. Lugo-Pérez, D. Wise, J. D. Jastrow, and M. A. González-Meler.2014.  Aggregate formation and carbon sequestration by earthworms in soil from a temperate forest exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2: A microcosm experiment. Soil
    Biology and Biochemistry 68: 223-230.
  9. 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.
  10. Castro, A. and D. H. Wise. 2010. Influence of fallen coarse woody debris on the diversity and community structure of forest-floor spiders (Arachnida: Araneae). Forest Ecology and Management 260: 2088-2101.


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, and the 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.