Journal articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles from the Bernard Field Station


  • Gano-Cohen, C.E. Wendlandt, K. Al Moussawi, P.J. Stokes, K.W. Quides, A.J. Weisberg, J.H. Chang, and J.L. Sachs. 2020. Recurrent mutualism breakdown events in a legume rhizobia metapopulation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287: 20192549.
  • Singh, M., and W.M. Meyer III. 2020. Plant-soil feedback effects on germination and growth of native and non-native species common across Southern California. Diversity 12(6): 217.
  • Thomson, D.M., A.D. Bonapart, R.A. King, E.L. Schulz, and C.R. Startin. 2020. Long‐term monitoring of a highly invaded annual grassland community through drought, before and after an unintentional fire. Journal of Vegetation Science 31(2): 307-318.


  • Caspi, T., L. Hartz, A.E.S. Villa, J.A. Loesberg, C.R. Robins, and W.M. Meyer III. 2019. Impacts of invasive annuals on soil carbon and nitrogen storage in southern California depend on the identity of the invader. Ecology and Evolution 9: 4980-4993.
  • Dipman, M.M., and W.M. Meyer III. 2019. Type conversion from native California sage scrub to non-native grassland accelerates decomposition processes. Applied Soil Ecology 144: 68-71.
  • Gano-Cohen, K.A., C.E. Wendlandt, Peter J. Stokes, M.A. Blanton, K.W. Quides, A. Zomorrodian, E.S. Adinata, and J.L. Sachs. 2019. Interspecific conflict and the evolution of ineffective rhizobia. Ecology Letters 22: 914-924.
  • Litle, J., L.H. Quon, M.L. Antill, E.J. Questad, and W.M. Meyer III. 2019. Vertebrate herbivory on shrub seedlings in California sage scrub: important but understudied interactions. Plant Ecology 220: 523–528.
  • Myers, B.M., E.J. Questad, M.D. Hubbell, and D.J. Moriarty. 2019. Trends in bird species richness in the midst of drought. Western Birds. 50: 74-91.
  • Onuferko, T.M., P. Bogusch, R.R. Ferrari, and L. Packer. 2019. Phylogeny and biogeography of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Epeolus (Hymenoptera, Apidae) and cophylogenetic analysis with its host bee genus Colletes (Hymenoptera: Colletidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 141: 106603.
  • Staubus, W.J., S. Bird, S. Meadors, and W.M. Meyer III. 2019. Distributions of invasive arthropods across heterogeneous urban landscapes in Southern California: Aridity as a key component of ecological resistance. Insects 10: 29.
  • Wendlandt, C.E., J. Regus, K.A. Gano-Cohen, A.C. Hollowell, K.W. Quides, J.Y Lyu, E.S. Adinata, and J.L. Sachs. 2019. Host investment into symbiosis varies among genotypes of the legume Acmispon strigosus, but host sanctions are uniform. New Phytologist 221: 446–458.
  • Wu, J., R.C. Bingham, S. Ting, K. Yager, Z.J. Wood, T. Gambin, and C.M. Clark. 2019. Multi‐AUV motion planning for archeological site mapping and photogrammetric reconstruction. J. Field Robotics 36: 1250-1269.


  • Adams,T.A., W.J. Staubus, and W.M. Meyer. 2018. Fire Impacts on Ant Assemblages in California Sage Scrub. Southwestern Entomologist 43: 323-335.
  • Caspi, T., L. Estrada, A.V. Dowling, E. Su, M. Leshchinskiy, A.R.O. Cavalcanti, E.J. Crane, C.R. Robins, and W.M. Meyer III. 2018. Carbon and nitrogen in the topsoils of inceptisols and mollisols under native sage scrub and non-native grasslands in southern California. Geoderma Regional 14: e00172.
  • Onuferko, T.M. 2018. A revision of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Epeolus Latreille for Nearctic species, north of Mexico (Hymenoptera, Apidae). ZooKeys 755: 1–185.
  • Osborne, T.R., and J.C. Wright. 2018. Seeking refuge in subsurface microhabitats during aestivation aids avoidance of lethally high temperature and desiccation in the snail Helminthoglypta tudiculata (Binney, 1843) (Pulmonata: Helminthoglyptidae). Journal of Molluscan Studies 84: 132-140.
  • Pahua, V.J., P.J. N. Stokes, A.C. Hollowell, J.U. Regus, K.A. Gano-Cohen, C.E. Wendlandt, K.W. Quides, J.Y. Lyu, and J.L. Sachs. 2018. Fitness variation among host species and the paradox of ineffective rhizobia. J. Evol. Biol. 31: 599-610.
  • Thomson, D.M., J.W. Kwok, and E.L. Schultz. 2018. Extreme drought alters growth and interactions with exotic grasses, but not survival, for a California annual forb. Plant Ecology 219: 705-717.


  • Aguilar, A., A.M. Maeda-Martínez, G. Murugan, H. Obregón-Barboza, D.C. Rogers, K. McClintock, and J.L. Krumm. 2017. High intraspecific genetic divergence in the versatile fairy shrimp Branchinecta lindahli with a comment on cryptic species in the genus Branchinecta (Crustacea: Anostraca). Hydrobiologia 801: 59-69.
  • Lin, Y., J. Hsiung, R. Piersall, C. White, C.G. Lowe, and C.M. Clark. 2017. A multi-autonomous underwater vehicle system for autonomous tracking of marine life. J. Field Robotics 34: 757–774.
  • Ramirez, M.G., J.N. Takemoto, and C.M. Oliveri. 2017. Leg Loss and Fitness in Female Green Lynx Spiders Peucetia viridans (Araneae: Oxyopidae). Arachnology 17(6): 277-281.
  • Regus, J.U., C.E. Wendlandt, R.M. Bantay, K.A. Gano-Cohen, N.J. Gleason, A.C. Hollowell, M.R. O’Neill, K.K. Shahin, and J.L. Sachs. 2017. Nitrogen deposition decreases the benefits of symbiosis in a native legume. Plant Soil 414: 159-170.
  • Spear, D.M., T.A. Adams, E.S. Boyd, M.M. Dipman, W.J. Staubus, and W.M. Meyer. 2017. The effects of development, vegetation-type conversion, and fire on low-elevation Southern California spider assemblages. Invertebr. Biol. 136: 134–145.
  • Thomson, D.M., R.A. King, and E.L. Schultz. 2017. Between invaders and a risky place: Exotic grasses alter demographic tradeoffs of native forb germination timing. Ecosphere 8(10): e01987.


  • ‡Fiesler, E., and T. Drake. 2016. Macro-invertebrate biodiversity of a coastal prairie with vernal pool habitat. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e6732.
  • Hollowell, A.C., J.U. Regus, K.A. Gano, R. Bantay, D. Centeno, J. Pham, J.Y. Lyu, D. Moore, A. Bernardo, G. Lopez, A. Patil, S. Patil, Y. Lii, and J.L. Sachs. 2016. Epidemic spread of symbiotic and non-symbiotic Bradyrhizobium genotypes across California. Microbial Ecology 71: 700-710.
  • Hollowell, A.C., J.U. Regus, D.Turissini, K.A. Gano-Cohen, R. Bantay, A. Bernardo, D. Moore, J. Pham, and J.L. Sachs. 2016. Metapopulation dominance and genomic island acquisition of Bradyrhizobium with superior catabolic capabilities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283: 20160496.
  • Thomson, D.M., R. Cruz-de Hoyos, K. Cummings, and E.L. Schultz. 2016. Why are native annual abundances low in invaded grasslands? Testing the effects of competition and seed limitation. Plant Ecology 217: 431-432.
  • Wheeler, M.M., M.M. Dipman, T.A. Adams, A.V. Ruina, C.R. Robins, and W.M. Meyer III. 2016. Carbon and nitrogen storage in California sage scrub and non-native grassland habitats. Journal of Arid Environments 129: 119-125.


  • Staubus, W.J., E.S. Boyd, T.A. Adams, D.M. Spear, M.M. Dipman and W.M. Meyer III. 2015. Ant communities in native sage scrub, non-native grassland, and suburban habitats in Los Angeles County, USA: conservation implications. Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 669-680.
  • Wu, G.C., and J.C. Wright. 2015. Exceptional thermal tolerance and water resistance in the mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis (Erythracaridae) challenge prevailing explanations of physiological limits. Journal of Insect Physiology 82: 1-7.


  • Regus, J.U., K.A. Gano, A.C. Hollowell, and J.L. Sachs. 2014. Efficiency of partner choice and sanctions in Lotus is not altered by nitrogen fertilization. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: 20132587.




  • Wu, G.C. J.C. Wright, D.L. Whitaker, and A.N. Ahn. 2010. Kinematic evidence for superfast locomotory muscle in two species of teneriffiid mites. The Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 2551-2556.
  • Martínez, D.E., A.R. Iñiguez, K.M. Percell, J.B. Willner, J. Signorovitch, and R.D. Campbell. 2010. Phylogeny and biogeography of Hydra (Cnidaria: Hydridae) using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 403-410.



  • Moore, A.M.F., and K. Tran. 1999. Material properties of cobweb silk from the black widow spider Latrodectus hesperus. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 24: 277-282.
  • Wu, Y.-L., C.I. Davidson, D.A. Dolske, and S.I. Sherwood. 1992. Dry deposition of atmospheric contaminants: The relative importance of aerodynamic, boundary layer, and surface resistances. Aerosol Science and Technology 16: 65-81.
  • Longland, W.S., and M.V. Price. 1991. Direct observations of owls and heteromyid rodents: Can predation risk explain microhabitat use? Ecology 72: 2261-2273.


  • Brown, J.S., B.P. Kotler, R.J. Smith, and W.O. Wirtz II1. 1988. The effects of owl predation on the foraging behavior of heteromyid rodents. Oecologia 76: 408-415.
  • Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown, R.J. Smith and W.O. Wirtz, II. 1988. The effects of morphology and body size on rates of owl predation on desert rodents. Oikos 53: 145-152.
  • Yeaton, R.I., E. Layendecker, K.S. Sly, and R. Eckert. 1983. Microhabitat differences between Opuntia parryi and O. littoralis (Cactaceae) in the mixed chaparral-inland coastal sage association. The Southwestern Naturalist 28: 215-220.

‡Research not primarily done at BFS, but publication includes or refers to data, observations, or programs from the BFS.