publications

Anaya-Rojas, J.M., R.J. Best, F. Brunner, C. Eizaguirre, M.C. Leal, C. Melian, O. Seehausen, and B. Matthews. 2019. An experimental test of how parasites of predators can influence trophic cascades and ecosystem functioning. Ecology 100:e02744. link.

Lürig, M.D., R.J. Best, M. Svitok, J. Jokela, and B. Matthews. 2019. The role of plasticity in the evolution of cryptic pigmentation in a freshwater isopod. Journal of Animal Ecology 88:612-623. link.

Schmid, D.W., M.D. McGee, R.J. Best, O. Seehausen, and B. Matthews. 2019. Rapid trait evolution in recently diverged predator populations impacts predator performance and prey community structure. The American Naturalist 193:331-345. link.

Cooper, H.F., K.C. Grady, J.A. Cowan, R.J. Best, G.J. Allan, and T.G. Whitham. 2019. Genotypic variation in phenological plasticity: reciprocal common gardens reveal adaptive responses to warmer springs but not to fall frost. Global Change Biology 25:187-200. link.

Limberger, R. , J. Birtel, H. Peter, N. Catalán, D.D. Farias, R.J. Best, J. Brodersen, H. Bürgmann, and B. Matthews. 2019. Predator‐induced changes in dissolved organic carbon dynamics. Oikos 128:430-440. link.

Rhoades, O.K., R.J. Best, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2018. Assessing feeding preference of a consumer guild: partitioning variation among versus within species. The American Naturalist 192:287-300. link.

Matthews, B., R.J. Best, P.G.D. Feulner, A. Narwani, and R. Limberger. 2018. Evolution as an ecosystem process: insights from genomics. Genome 61:298-309. link.

Best, R.J., J. M. Anaya-Rojas, M. C. Leal, D. W. Schmid, O. Seehausen, and B. Matthews. 2017. Transgenerational selection driven by divergent ecological impacts of hybridizing lineages. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1757-1765. link | read here. Featured in Nature piece on eco-evolutionary feedbacks

Weber, M.G., C.E. Wagner, R.J. Best, L.J. Harmon, and B. Matthews. 2017. Evolution in a community context: on integrating ecological interactions and macroevolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32:291–304. link.

Leal, M.C., R.J. Best, D. Durston, R.W. El-Sabaawi, and B. Matthews. 2017. Stoichiometric traits of stickleback: effects of genetic background, rearing environment, and ontogeny. Ecology and Evolution. 7:2617-2625. link.

Smith. M.E., N.J. Finnegan, E.R. Mueller, and R.J. Best. 2017. Durable terrestrial bedrock predicts submarine canyon formation. Geophysical Research Letters 44:10,332-10,340.

Lürig, M.D., R.J. Best and J.J. Stachowicz. 2016Microhabitat partitioning in seagrass mesograzers is driven by consistent species choices across multiple predator and competitor contexts. Oikos 125:1324-1333. link


Best, R.J., M.N. Stone, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2015. Predicting consequences of climate change for ecosystem functioning: variation across trophic levels, species, and individuals. Diversity and Distributions 21:1364-1374. pdf

00129658-95.5.coverBest, R.J., A.L. Chaudoin, M.E.S. Bracken, M.H. Graham, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2014. Plant-animal diversity relationships in a rocky intertidal system depend on invertebrate body size and algal cover. Ecology 95:1308–1322. Open Access!

Best, R.J., and J.J. Stachowicz. 2014. Phenotypic and phylogenetic evidence for the role of food and habitat in the assembly of communities of marine amphipods. Ecology 95:775–786. pdf

Best, R.J., and J.J. Stachowicz. 2013. Phylogeny as a proxy for ecology in seagrass amphipods: which traits are most conserved? PLoS ONE 8(3):e57550.

Best, R.J., N.C. Caulk, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2013. Trait vs. phylogenetic diversity as predictors of competition and community composition in herbivorous marine amphipods. Ecology Letters 16:72-80. pdf  f1000-web-logo-small

Best, R.J., and J.J. Stachowicz. 2012. Trophic cascades in seagrass meadows depend on mesograzer variation in feeding rates, predation susceptibility, and abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 456:29-42. pdf

Isaac-Renton, M., J.R. Bennett, R.J. Best, and P. Arcese. 2010. Effects of introduced Canada geese (Branta canadensis) on native plant communities of the Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia. Ecoscience 17:394-399.

Hughes, A.R., R.J. Best, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2010. Genotypic diversity and grazer identity interactively influence seagrass and grazer biomass. Marine Ecology Progress Series 403:43-51.

Edwards, K.F., K.M. Aquilino, R.J. Best, K.L. Sellheim, and J.J. Stachowicz. 2010. Prey diversity is associated with weaker consumer effects in a meta-analysis of benthic marine experiments. Ecology Letters 13:194-201.

Best, R.J., and P. Arcese. 2009. Exotic herbivores directly facilitate the exotic grasses they graze: mechanisms for an unexpected positive feedback between invaders. Oecologia 159:139-150. pdf

Stachowicz, J.J., R.J. Best, M.E.S. Bracken, and M.H. Graham. 2008. Complementarity in marine biodiversity manipulations: reconciling divergent evidence from field and mesocosm experiments. PNAS 105:18842-18847.

Best, R.J. 2008. Exotic grasses and nutrient deposition by an exotic herbivore combine to reduce the relative abundance of native forbs. Oecologia 158:319-327. pdf

To comply with copyright rules, please limit the use of pdf files to printing of single copies for personal research and study.