19. Osburn, E.D., P.J. Hoch, J.M. Lucas, S.G. McBride, M.S. Strickland. Evaluating the roles of microbial functional breadth and home-field advantage in leaf litter decomposition. In press, Functional Ecology.

18. McBride, S.G., E.D. Osburn, J.M. Lucas, J.S. Simpson, T. Brow, J.E. Barrett, M.S. Strickland. Volatile and dissolved organic carbon sources have distinct effects on microbial activity, nitrogen content, and bacterial communities in soil. In press, Microbial Ecology.


17. Lucas, J.M., B.S. Bronte†, D. Whitmore†, M.S. Strickland. (2021). Antibiotics and temperature interact to disrupt soil communities and their function. Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry. SBB_ABxT_FullArticle

16. Naveen J., J.M. Lucas, N. Vishwanath, R. Findlay, J. Sprinkle, M.S. Strickland, E. Winford. 2021. Investigation of relationships between fecal contamination, cattle grazing, human recreation, and microbial source tracking markers in a mixed-land-use rangeland watershed. Water Research.

15. Lucas, J.M., J. Jonas-Bratten, A.N. Laws, D.H. Branson, S.C. Pennings, C.M. Prather, and M.S. Strickland. 2021. Functional and taxonomic diversity of grasshoppers differentially shape above- and belowground communities and their function. Functional Ecology.  PDF


14. Lucas, J.M.*, McBride, S.*, and M. Strickland. (2020) Trophic structure mediates soil microbial community composition and function. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.


13. Danielsson, R.J., J.M. Lucas, Dahlberg, M. Ramin, S. Agenas, I. Tapio, A. Bayat, T. Hammer and T. Roslin. (2019) Context-dependence of antibiotic effects on methane emissions from livestock. Royal Society Open Science.

12. Wepking, C., B. Badgley, J. Barrett, K. Knowlton, K. Minick, P. Ray, J.M. Lucas, S. Shawver, M. Strickland. (2019) Prolonged exposure to manure from livestock‐administered antibiotics decreases ecosystem carbon‐use efficiency and alters nitrogen cycling. Ecology Letters.

11. Lucas, J.M., E.M. Gora, A. Salzberg, and M. Kaspari. (2019) Antibiotics as chemical warfare across multiple taxonomic domains and trophic levels. Proc. Roy. Soc. B.

Detritivorous invertebrates, like this millipede in a Panamanian tropical forest, are harmed by the presence of naturally occurring and synthetic antibiotics. Photo Credit: Jane Lucas.

10. Gora, E.M. and J.M. Lucas. (2019) Dispersal and nutrient limitations of canopy-level decomposition: evidence from experimental manipulations of epiphytes and macronutrients. Functional Ecology.

9. Lucas, J.M., A.A. Madden, C.A. Penick, M.J. Epps, P.R. Marting, J.L. Stevens, D.J. Fergus, R.R. Dunn, E.K. Meineke. (2019) Ants control insect pathogens, but not plant pathogens, inside their nests in a model ant-plant mutualism. Proc. R. Soc. B 286: 20191026.

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A cross-section of the chambers inside a Cecropia tree that houses the mutualistic ant partner, Azteca. Ants maintain functionally distinct chambers that have unique microbiomes, similar to human houses. Photo credit: Anne A. Madden.

Highlighted in the following: Nurseries of Azteca Ants are Cleaner than Human OnesFor at Least One Species, Ant Nurseries Are Cleaner Than Human Ones

8. Gora, E.M., J.M. Lucas, and S.P. Yanoviak. (2019) Microbial composition and decomposition rates vary with environmental conditions from the ground to the canopy in a tropical forest. Ecosystems.

Photo Credit: Evan Gora


7. Lucas, J.M., N.A. Clay, and M. Kaspari. (2018) External myrmecotrophy benefits host plants of dominant canopy ant, Azteca trigona. Ecological Entomology.

Highlighted on the Smithsonian Channel: 10 Tons of Ant Poop Keeps This Rainforest Thriving


6. Lucas, J.M., E.M. Gora, and A. Alonso. (2017) A view of the global conservation job market and how to succeed in it. Conservation Biology.


5. Lucas, J.M., B. Bill, B. Stevenson, M. Kaspari. (2016) The microbiome of the ant-built home: the microbial communities of a tropical arboreal ant and its nest. Ecosphere.

Before 2016

4. Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S. Revzen, A.D. Kay, and S.P. Yanoviak. (2015) Thermal adaptation and phosphorus shape thermal performance in an assemblage of rainforest ants. Ecology.

3. Kaspari M., N.A. Clay, J.M. Lucas, S.P. Yanoviak, and A.D. Kay. (2014) Thermal adaptation generates a diversity of thermal limits in a rainforest ant community. Global Change Biology.

2. Clay, N.A., J.M. Lucas, M. Kaspari and A.D. Kay. (2013) Manna from heaven: Refuse from an arboreal ant connects aboveground and belowground processes in a lowland tropical forest. Ecosphere.

1. Kaspari M., D. Donoso, J.M. Lucas, T. Zumbusch and A.D. Kay. (2013) Using nutritional ecology to predict community structure: field test in Neotropical ants. Ecosphere.

*represents shared first authorship

†Denotes Student Mentee Co-Author