Brandon Barton

Office: 318 Harned
Phone: 6623257579
Email: barton@biology.msstate.edu
(website)

Education
B.S. Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho
M.S. Biology, University of Central Florida
M. Phil. Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Ph.D. Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Postdoctoral Research
Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Statement of Research Interests
My research focuses on how species interact with each other (e.g., predation, competition, mutualism) and how these interactions are affected by the abiotic environment (e.g., temperature, precipitation, wind).  Much of my research is motivated by our uncertainty in how climate change affects natural systems.  I particularly enjoy designing and conducting manipulative experiments in the lab and in the field to explicitly test hypotheses about how climate change will affect species and their interactions within food webs.

Selected Publications

Barton, B.T. 2014.  Reduced wind strengthens top-down control of an insect herbivore.  Ecology 95: 2375-2381.

Schmitz, O.J. and B.T. Barton. 2014.  Behavioral and physiological ecology of predator-prey interactions in a warming world.  Biological Control 75: 87-96.

Barton, B.T. and A.R. Ives.  2014.  Species interactions and a chain of indirect effects driven by reduced precipitation.  Ecology 95: 486-494.

Harmon, J.P. and B.T. Barton.  2013.  On their best behavior: how animal behavior can modify the combined effects of species interactions and climate change.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  1297:139-147.

Barton, B.T.  2011.  Local adaptation to temperature conserves top-down control in a grassland food web.  Proceedings of the Royal Society-Biology.  278: 3102-3107.

Barton, B.T. and O.J. Schmitz.  2009.  Experimental warming transforms multiple predator effects in a grassland food web.  Ecology Letters 12: 1317-1325.

Barton, B.T., A.P. Beckerman, and O.J. Schmitz.  2009.  Climate warming strengthens indirect interactions in an old-field food web.  Ecology 90: 2346-2351.