Evan P. Economo

I am a biologist with broad interests in the ecology and evolution of biodiversity.  I was born in Montreal and grew up in Virginia and North Carolina before pursuing undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin.  I was a fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan from 2009-2012.  Since 2012 I have been a faculty member at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology where I lead the Arilab.

Please visit our lab website for more on the projects we are working on in the lab.


  • 2009  Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin.  Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior.

  • 2002  B.S. University of Arizona. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Other Training:

  • 2005  California Academy of Sciences ‘Ant Course.’ Cairns, Australia.

  • 2004  Santa Fe Institute ‘Complex Systems Summer School.’ Qingdao University, China


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

  • 2020-present     Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit

  • 2012-2020        Assistant Professor, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit

  • 2011-2012        Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Michigan

  • 2012-2017   Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • 2009-2012      Postdoctoral Fellow - Michigan Society of Fellows, Assistant Professor (non tenure-track), Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


  • Ross, S.R.P-J., Friedman, N.R., Yoshimura, M., Yoshida, T., Donohue, I.*, Economo, E.P.* (In Press) Utility of acoustic indices for ecological monitoring in complex sonic environments. Ecological Indicators. *joint supervision

  • Takashina, N., Economo, E.P. (In Press) Developing generalized sampling schemes with known error properties: the case of a moving observer. Ecography.

  • Casadei-Ferreira, A., Economo, E.P., Feitosa, R.M. (In Press) Revisions to the Pheidole (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) fauna of the Brazilian southern grasslands. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia.

  • Rosas-Mejia, M., Guénard, B., Aguilar-Méndez, M.J., Ghilardi, A., Vásquez-Bolaños, M., Economo, E.P., Janda, M. (In Press) Introduced ants (Formicidae: Hymenoptera) in Mexico – the first database of records. Biological Invasions.

  • Peeters, C., Keller, R.A., Khalife, A., Fischer, G., Katzke, J., Blanke, A., Economo, E.P. (2020) The loss of flight in ant workers enabled an evolutionary redesign of the thorax for ground labour. Frontiers in Zoology 17: 33.

  • Liu, C., Fischer, G., Hita Garcia, F., Yamane, S., Liu, Q., Peng, Y.Q., Economo, E.P., Guénard, B., Pierce, N. E. (2020) Ants of the Hengduan mountains: a new altitudinal survey and updated checklist for Yunnan Province highlight an understudied insect biodiversity hotspot. ZooKeys 978: 1-171.

  • Dinets, v., Friedman, N.R., Yoshimura, M., Ogasawara, M., Economo, E.P. (2020) Acoustic detection of an unknown bat species in Okinawa. Mammal Study 45: 1-4.

  • Dias, R.K.S., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P., Akbar, S.A., Udayakantha, W.S., Wachkoo, A.A.A. (2020) The Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Sri Lanka: A summary of taxonomic research and updated checklist. ZooKeys 967: 1-142.

  • Casadei-Ferreira, A., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2020) Evidence for a thoracic crop in the workers of some Pheidole species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Arthropod Structure & Development 59: 100977.

  • Wepfer, P., Nakajima, Y., Radice, V., Toonen, R., Richards, Z., Ang, P., Sutthacheep, M., Chen, A., Sudek, M., Fujimura, A., Mikheyev, A.S., Economo, E.P.*, Mitarai, S.* (2020) Evolutionary biogeography of the coral genus Galaxea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 151: 1060905. *joint supervision

  • Fischer, G., Friedman, N.R., Huang, J.P., Knowles, L.L., Mikheyev, A.S., Economo, E.P. (2020) Socially parasitic ants evolve a mosaic of host-matching and parasitic morphological traits. Current Biology 30: 1-8.

  • Friedman, N.R., Lecroq-Bennett, B., Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Huang, J.P., Knowles, L.L., Economo, E.P. (2020) Macroevolutionary integration and modularity of phenotypes within and across ant worker castes. Ecology and Evolution 10: 9371-9383.

  • Aoyama, Y., Yoshimura, M., Ogasawara, M., Suwabe, M., Economo, E.P. (2020) Potential economic impacts of invasion of the red imported fire ant in Okinawa, Japan. Japanese Journal of Ecology 70: 3-14. [in Japanese, original citation: 青山 夕貴子, 吉村 正志, 小笠原 昌子, 諏訪部 真友子, エコノモ P. エヴァン (2020) 沖縄県におけるヒアリの侵入・蔓延時に推定される経済的損失. 日本生態学会誌 70: 3-14.]

  • Miao, B.G., Peng, Y.Q., Yang, D.R., Kubota, Y., Economo, E.P., Liu, C. (2020) Climate and land-use interactively shape butterfly diversity in tropical rainforest and savanna ecosystems of southwestern China. Insect Science.

  • Richter, A., Keller, R.A., Hita Garcia, F., Billen, J., Economo, E.P.*, Beutel, R.G.* (2020) Comparative analysis of worker head anatomy of Formica and Brachyponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 78:133-170.  *joint supervision

  • Beutel, R.G., Richter, A., Keller, R., Hita Garcia, F., Matsumura, Y., Economo, E.P., Gorb, S.N. (2020) Distal leg structures of the Aculeata (Hymenoptera): a comparative evolutionary study of Sceliphron (Sphecidae) and Formica (Formicidae). Journal of Morphology 281: 737-753.

  • Liu, C., Friedman, N.R., Hita Garcia, F., Darwell, C., Booher, D., Mikheyev, A., Economo, E.P.. (2020) Colonize, radiate, decline: unraveling the dynamics of island community assembly with Fijian trap-jaw ants. Evolution 74: 1082-1097.

  • Cicconardi, F., Gamisch, A., Krapf, P., Wagner, H.C., Nguyen, A.D., Economo, E.P., Mikheyev, A.S., Guenard, B., Arthofer, W., Steiner, F.M. (2020) Strong diversifying and relaxed purifying selection are shifting the evolutionary equilibrium of the alpine ant Tetramorium alpestre (Insecta: Hymenoptera) genome. Molecular Biology & Evolution 37: 2211-2227.

  • Yoshimura, M., Suwabe, M., Ikeda, T., Ogasawara, M., Economo, E.P.. (2020) Development and Implementation of a workshop on alien species and Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) for elementary school students. Japanese Journal of Science Communication 26: 39-56 (in Japanese, original citation: 吉村正志, 諏訪部真友子, 池田貴子, 小笠原昌子, エヴァン・エコノモ (2020) 小学生向け外来種&ヒアリ学習ワークショップの開発と実践. 科学技術コミュニケーション, 26: 39-56.)

  • Mao, Y., Qian, H., Economo, E.P. (2020) TREEasy: an automated workflow for the inference of gene trees, species trees, and phylonetworks from molecular sequences. Molecular Ecology Resources 20:832-840.

  • Guo, F., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P., Deutsch, C., Bonebrake, T. (2020). Activity niches outperform thermal physiological limits in predicting global ant distributions. Journal of Biogeography 47:829-842.

  • Darwell, C., Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Friedman, N.R., Liu, C., Baiao, G., Mikheyev, A.S. Economo, E.P. (2020). Genomic and phenomic analysis of island ant community assembly. Molecular Ecology 29: 1611-1627.

  • Wepfer, P., Nakajima, Y., Hui, F.K.C., Mitarai, S.*, Economo, E.P.* (2020). Metacommunity ecology of symbionts (Symbiodiniaceae) hosted by the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 633:71-87. *joint supervision

  • Choo, J., Gill, B., Zuur, A., Zent, E., Economo, E.P. (2020) Impacts of an indigenous settlement on taxonomic and functional dung beetle diversity in the Venezuelan Amazon. Biodiversity and Conservation 29:207-228.

  • Friedman, N., Miller, E., Ball, J., Kasuga, H., Remeš, V.*, Economo, E.P.* (2019). Evolution of a multifunctional trait: shared effects of foraging ecology and thermoregulation on beak morphology, with consequences for song evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B 286: 20192474. *joint supervision

  • Hita Garcia, F., Lieverman, Z., Audisio, T., Liu, C., Economo, E.P. (2019) Revision and microtomography of the cryptic and highly specialized ant genus Discothyrea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3: 5.

  • Sarnat, E.M., Hita Garcia, F., Dudley, K., Liu, C., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2019) Ready Species One: exploring the use of augmented reality to enhance systematic biology with a revision of Fijian Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity 3: 6 .

  • Sharaf, M.R., Aldawood, A.S., Economo, E.P., Wachkoo, A.A., Hita Garcia, F. (2019) Taxonomy of Arabian Temnothorax Mayr (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) with description of a new species enhanced by micro-CT next-generation morphology. Scientific Reports 9: 11009.

  • Friedman, N.R., Remeš, V., Economo, E.P. (2019) A morphological integration perspective on the evolution of dimorphism in sexes and social insect castes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 59: 410-419.

  • Ross, S.R.P.-J., Friedman, N., Janicki, J., Economo, E.P. (2019) A test of trophic and functional island biogeography theory with the avifauna of a continental archipelago. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1392-1405.

  • Richter, A., Keller, R., Rosumek, F.B., Economo, E.P., Hita Garcia, F., Beutel, R. (2019) The cephalic anatomy of workers of the ant species Wasmania affinis (Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta) and its evolutionary implications. Arthropod Structure and Development 49: 26-49.

  • Takashina, N., Kusumoto, B., Kubota,Y., Economo, E.P. (2019) A geometric approach to scaling individual distributions to macroecological patterns. Journal of Theoretical Biology.

  • Economo, E.P., Huang, J.P., Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Janda, M., Narula, N., Guénard, B., Longino, J., Knowles, L.L. (2019) Evolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

  • Agavekar, G., Agashe, D., Economo, E.P. (2019) Dimensions of ant diversity on a small tropical island. Insect Conservation and Diversity.

  • Mao, Y., Economo, E.P., Satoh, N. (2018) The roles of introgression and climate change in the rise to dominance of Acropora corals. Current Biology 28: 1-10.

  • Moser, D., Lenzer, B., Weigelt, P., Dawson, W., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., van Kleunen, M., Winter, M., Capinha, C., Cassey, P., Dullinger, S., Economo, E.P., García-Díaz, P., Guénard, B., Hofhansl, F., Mang, T., Seebens, H., Essl, F. (2018) Remoteness promotes biological invasions on islands worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 9270-9275.

  • Khalife, A., Keller, R.A., Billen, J., Hita Garcia, F., Economo, E.P., & Peeters, C. (2018) Skeletomuscular adaptations of head and legs of Melissotarsus ants for tunnelling through living wood. Frontiers of Zoology 15: 30.

  • Barlow, J., Franca, F., Gardner, T.A., Hicks, C., Lennox, G., Berenguer, E., Castello, L., Economo, E.P., Ferreira, J., Guénard, B., Leal, C.G., Isaac, V., Lees, A., Parr, C., Wilson, S., Young, P., Graham, N. (2018) The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems. Nature 559: 517-526.

  • Staab, M., Hita Garcia, F., Liu, C., Xu, Z.H., Economo, E.P. (2018) Systematics of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Proceratiinae) in China – with descriptions of three new species based on micro-CT enhanced next-generation morphology. Zookeys 770: 137-102.

  • Iglesias, T., Dornburg, A., Warren, D., Wainwright, P., Schmitz, L., Economo, E.P.. (2018) Eyes wide shut: The impact of dim-light vision on neural investment in marine teleosts. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 1082-1092.

  • Economo, E.P., Narula, N., Friedman, N.R., Weiser, M.D., Geinard, B. (2018) Macroecology and macroevolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient in ants. Nature Communications 9: 1778.

  • Matos-Maravi, P., Clouse, R.M., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P., LaPolla, J.S., Borovanska, M., Rabeling, C., Czekanski-Moir, J., Latumahina, F., Wilson, E.O., Janda, M. (2018) An ant genus-group (Prenolepis) illuminates the biogeography and drivers of insect diversification in the Indo-Pacific.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 12: 16-25.

  • Seebens, H., …48 authors including Economo, E.P. …Essl, F. (2018) Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: E2264-E2273.                                                                                                                           
  • Ross, S. R. P-J., Friedman, N., Dudley, K., Yoshimura, M., Economo, E.P. (2018) Listening to ecosystems: data-rich acoustic monitoring through landscape-scale sensor networks. Ecological Research 33: 135-147.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Liu, C., Dudley, K., Xu, Z., Economo, E.P. (2018) Mountain metacommunities: climate and spatial connectivity shape ant diversity in a complex landscape. Ecography 41: 101-112.                                                                                                                                 
  • Agavekar, G., Hita Garcia, F., Economo, E.P. (2017) Taxonomic overview of Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands. PeerJ 5:e3800; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3800                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Liu, C., Audisio, T., Economo, E.P. (2017) Next-generation morphological character discovery and evaluation: an X-ray micro-CT enhanced revision of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) in the Afrotropics. ZooKeys 693: 33-93.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Sarnat, E.M., Friedman, N.R., Fischer, G., Lecroq, B., Economo, E.P. (2017) Rise of the spiny ants: diversification, ecology, and function of extreme traits in the hyperdiverse genus Pheidole. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112: 514-538.                                                                                                                                
  • Friedman, N., Harmáčková, L., Economo, E.P., Remeš, V. (2017) Smaller beaks for colder winters: Beak size of Australasian songbirds evolves in response to thermoregulatory challenges. Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.13274                                                                                                                                
  • Dawson, W., Moser, D., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pysek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Lenzer, B., Blackburn, T., Dyer, E., Cassey, P., Scrivens, S., Economo, E.P., Guénard, B., Capinha, C., Seebens, H., Nentwig, W., Berthou, E., Casal, C., Essl, F. (2017) Global hotspots and drivers of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0186                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Choo, J., Carasco, C., Alvarez-Loayza, P., Simpson, B.B., Economo, E.P. (2017) Differential distance and density-dependent impacts over the life history of two Amazonian palms. Annals of Botany 120: 147-158.                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Hita Garcia, F., Fischer, G., Liu, C., Audisio, T.L., Alpert, G.D., Fisher, B.L., Economo, E.P. (2017) X-ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: an evaluation and case study of two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar. PLoS ONE.12(3): e0172641. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172641                                                                                                                                
  • Guénard, B., Weiser, M., Gomez, K., Narula, N., Economo, E.P. (2017) The Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics (GABI) database: a synthesis of ant species geographic distributions. Myrmecological News 24: 83-89.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Economo, E.P., Janda, M., Guénard, B., Sarnat, E.M.(2017) Assembling a species-area curve through colonization, speciation, and human-mediated introduction. Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12884                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Lasky, J., Keitt, T.H., Weeks, B., Economo, E.P. (2016) A hierarchical model of whole-assemblage island biogeography. Ecography DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02303.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Jaitrong, W., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P., Buddhakala, N., Yamane, S. (2016) A Checklist of Known Ant Species of Laos (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Asian Myrmecology 8: 1-32. DOI: 10.20362/am.008019.                                                                                                                                   
  • Fischer, G., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P. (2016) Revision and microtomography of the Pheidole knowlesi group, an endemic ant radiation from Fiji (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae). PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158544.                                                                                                                                   
  • Sarnat, E.M., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2016) Inordinate spinescence: taxonomic revision and microtomography of the Pheidole cervicornis group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLoS ONE 11(7): e0156709.                                                                                                                                   
  • Wepfer, P., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2016) Influences of climate and historical land connectivity on ant beta diversity in East Asia. Journal of Biogeography doi:10.1111/jbi.1276.

  • Liu, C., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2016) Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity patterns after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecological Monographs  86: 215-227. 

  • Sukumaran, J., Economo, E. P., Knowles, L.L. (2016) Machine learning biogeographic processes from biotic pattern: a trait-driven dispersal and diversification model with model-choice by simulation-trained discriminant analysis of Principal Components Classification. Systematic Biology 65(3): 525-545. 

  • Janicki, J., Narula, N., Ziegler, M., Guénard, B. Economo, E.P. (2016) Visualizing and interacting with large-volume biodiversity data using client-server web mapping applications: The design and implementation of antmaps.org. Ecological Informatics 32: 185-193.

  • Economo, E.P., Hong, L., Page, S.E. (2016) Social Structure, Endogenous Diversity, and Collective Accuracy. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 125: 212-231.

  • Bharti, H., Guénard, B., Bharti, M., Economo, E.P. (2016) An updated checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of India with their specific distributions in Indian states. ZooKeys 551: 1-83.

  • Sarnat, E.M., Fischer, G., Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2015) Introduced Pheidole of the world: taxonomy, distribution, and biology. ZooKeys 543: 1-109.

  • Guénard, B., Economo, E.P. (2015) Additions to the checklist of the ants of Peru. Zootaxa 440: 225-235.

  • Liu, C., Fischer, G., Economo, E.P. (2015) A rare ant on Samoa: first record of the cryptic subfamily Proceratiinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and description of a new Proceratium Roger species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 46:35-44

  • Fischer, G., Azorsa, F., Hita Garcia, F., Mikheyev, A.S., Economo, E.P. (2015) Two new phragmotic ant species from Africa: morphology and next-generation sequencing solve a caste association problem in the genus Carebara Westwood. ZooKeys 525: 77-105. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.525.6057

  • Guénard, B., Perrichiot, V., Economo, E.P. (2015) Integration of global fossil and modern biodiversity data reveals dynamism and stasis in ant macroecological patterns. Journal of Biogeography.

  • Economo, E.P., Sarnat, E.M., Janda, M., Clouse, R., Klimov, P., Fischer, G.,  Blanchard, B.D., Ramirez, L.N., Andersen, A., Berman, M., Guénard, B., Lucky, A., Rabeling, C., Wilson, E.O., Knowles, L.L. (2015) Breaking out of biogeographic modules: range expansion and taxon cycles in Indo-Pacific PheidoleJournal of Biogeography 42: 2289-2301.

  • Triantis*, K., Economo*, E.P., Guilhammon, F., Ricklefs, R. (2015) Diversity regulation at the macro-scales: the case of Oceanic archipelagoes. Global Ecology & Biogeography 24: 594-605. (*equally contributing first authors)

  • Liu, C., Hita Garcia, F., Peng, Y., Economo, E.P. (2015)  Aenictus yangi sp. n. – a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China.  Journal of Hymenoptera Research 42: 33-45.

  • Liu, C., Guénard, B., Hita Garcia, F., Yamane, S., Blanchard, B., Yang, D.R., Economo, E.P. (2015) New records of ant species from Yunnan, China.  Zookeys 477: 17-78.

  • Hita Garcia, F., Sarnat, E.M., Economo, E.P. (2015) A revision of Fijian Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Proceratiinae) with description of a new species.  Zookeys 475: 97-112.

  • Economo, E.P., Klimov, P., Sarnat, E., Guénard, B., Lecroq, B., Knowles, L.L. (2015) Global phylogenetic structure of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole reveals the repeated evolution of macroecological patterns. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 282: 20141416.

  • Sarnat, E.M., Rabeling, C. Economo, E.P., Wilson, E.O. (2014) First record of a species from the New World Pheidole flavens-complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) introduced to the southwestern Pacific.  BioInvasions Records 3: 301-307.

  • Clouse, R. M., Janda, M., Blanchard, B., Sharma, P., Hoffmann, B.D., Andersen, A.N., Czekanski-Moir, J.E., Krushelnycky, P., Rabeling, C., Wilson, E.O., Economo, E.P., Sarnat, E.M., General, D.M., Alpert, G.D., Wheeler, W.C. (2014) Molecular phylogeny of Indo-Pacific carpenter ants (Hymenoptera : Formicidae, Camponotus) reveals waves of dispersal and colonization from diverse source areas. Cladistics 31:1-14.

  • Tin, M.Y., Economo, E.P., Mikheyev, A.S. (2014) Sequencing degraded DNA from non-destructively sampled museum specimens for RAD-tagging and low-coverage shotgun phylogenetics. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96793.

  • Guénard, B., Blanchard, B.D., Liu, C., Yang, D., Economo, E.P.. (2013) Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734 (3): 371-379.

  • Sarnat, E.M., Benjamin Blanchard, Benoit Guenard, John Fasi, Economo, E.P.. (2013) Checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Solomon Islands with new records from Makira Island.  Zookeys (257): 47-88.

  • Sarnat, E.M.,  &  Economo, E.P.. (2012) The Ants of Fiji. University of California Press.

  • Economo, E.P., & Eli M. Sarnat. (2012)  Revisiting the ants of Melanesia and the taxon cycle: historical and human mediated invasions of a tropical archipelago. The American Naturalist 180 (1): E1-E16. (Presidential award from ASN for best paper of 2012 in Am. Nat.)

  • Economo, E.P.. (2011) Biodiversity conservation in metacommunity networks: linking pattern and persistence. The American Naturalist 177: E167-180. (highlighted by Faculty of 1000)

  • Leibold, M., Economo, E.P., Pedro Peres-Neto. (2010) Metacommunity Phylogenetics: Separating the roles of environmental filters and historical biogeography. Ecology Letters 13 (10): 1290-1299

  • Economo, E. P., & Timothy H. Keitt. (2010) Network isolation and local diversity in neutral metacommunities. Oikos 119: 1355-1363.

  • Cowperthwaite, M., Economo, E.P., William Harcombe, Eric Miller, Lauren A. Meyers. (2008)  T Ascent of the Abundant: How mutational networks constrain evolution.  PLoS Computational Biology 4(7) e1000110.

  • Economo, E. P., & Timothy H. Keitt. (2008) Species diversity in neutral metacommunities: a network approach.  Ecology Letters 11(1): 52-62. (highlighted by Faculty of 1000)

  • Enquist, B. J., Andrew J. Kerkhoff, Travis E. Huxman, and Economo, E.P.. (2007) Adaptive differences in plant physiology and ecosystem paradoxes: insights from metabolic scaling theory. Global Change Biology 13: 591-609.

  • Economo, E.P., Andrew J. Kerkhoff, Brian J. Enquist. (2005) Allometric growth, life history invariants, and population energetics. Ecology Letters 8: 353-360.

  • Enquist, B.J., Economo, E.P., Travis E. Huxman, Andrew P. Allen, Danielle D. Ignace, James Gillooly. (2003) Scaling metabolism from organisms to ecosystems. Nature 423: 639-642.


  • 2012 Presidential Award from American Society of Naturalists (Best paper published in The American Naturalist in 2012)

  • 2011 Economo, E. (PI), L. Knowles (co-PI). NSF DEB 1141989.  $378,522.  "Evolving hyperdiversity in phenotypic, ecological, and geographic networks: testing the taxon cycle and alternatives in Indo-Pacific Pheidole."

  • 2009 Selected for Michigan Society of Fellows (one of 8 out of 500+ applicants)

  • 2009 Nominated for Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Texas

  • 2009 Marion Elizabeth Eason Scholarship, University of Texas

  • 2005-2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • 2004-2005 NSF IGERT Graduate Training Fellowship in Computational Phylogenetics

  • 2007 EEB Research Fellowship

  • 2006 EEB Research Fellowship

  • 2005 EEB Research Fellowship

  • 2004 Teaching Award, School of Biological Sciences, University of Texas

  • 2004 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention

  • 2003 University of Texas Dean's Excellence Preemptive Fellowship

  • 2001 Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant, U. of Arizona

  • 2001 Research Training Grant in the Analysis of Diversification, U. of Arizona



  • 2011 “EEB Senior Capstone”, primary instructor. U. of Michigan.

  • 2011 “Insect Ecology & Evolution” graduate seminar, primary instructor. U. of Michigan.

  • 2010  “General Ecology”, primary instructor, U. of Michigan

  • 2009  TA for “Ecology”, 2 guest lectures. U. of Texas at Austin.

  • 2004  TA for “Ecology, Evolution and Society”, 3 guest lectures. U. of Texas at Austin.  Won graduate teaching award from the School of Biological Sciences


  • 2011-2012 Supervised two independent study undergraduates for credit.  U. of Michigan.

  • 2010-2011 Supervised five undergraduates on independent research projects. U. of Michigan.

  • 2009-2010 Supervised four undergraduate students on independent research projects for independent study credit. U. of Michigan.

  • 2005-2006 Supervised or co-supervised six undergraduate researchers on entomological and computational projects.  U. of Texas at Austin


  • 2002-2003 Research Technician, University of Arizona, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, lab of Brian J. Enquist.


  • 2012 Ecological Society of Japan Meeting (Symposium)

  • 2011 Society of Population Ecology Meeting (Symposium)

  • 2011 University of Alabama

  • 2011 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

  • 2011 University of Queensland

  • 2011 International Biogeography Society Meeting (Symposium)

  • 2010 University of British Columbia

  • 2010 Field Museum of Natural History

  • 2010 UM/SFI Complex Systems Symposium.

  • 2004 University of New Mexico.


  • 2013 Evolution Annual Meeting2012 International Congress of Entomology

  • 2012 Ecological Society of Japan

  • 2011 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

  • 2011 Society of Population Ecology (Japan)

  • 2011 International Biogeography Society Meeting.

  • 2010 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

  • 2009 Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Synthesis Meeting, Fiji.

  • 2003 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

  • 2002 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.


  • 2011 Contributer to “Umvelt: Subjective Worlds” art exhibition, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • 2010 Organized EEB/Biokids field trip for 80 Detroit elementary school students.

  • 2009 Outreach lecture, “The ways of the Ant”, Science Under the Stars.

  • 2009 Founded and organized the still active Science Under the Stars, outreach lecture series, Austin, Texas.

  • 2008 Outreach Lecture: “The Ants of the Pacific.” Pacific Conference of Theologists, Suva, Fiji

  • 2006-2008 Outreach activities on ants for schools: Matthews Elementary School, Austin, University of South Pacific open day, Hauta School, Solomon Islands.

  • 2005 Pre-lecture presenter: ESI (UT) outreach lecture series (Lauren Meyers).

  • 2002 Student Volunteer: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

  • Co-authored outreach website with Eli Sarnat (www.fijiants.org), and antweb.org Fiji page.

  • Reviewer for The American Naturalist, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Conservation Letters, Oikos, PLoS One, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Functional Ecology, Diversity and Distributions, Global Ecology & Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Biological Invasions, Aquatic Ecology, American Journal of Botany, Biological Reviews.