Holyoak*, M., and W.C. Wetzel*. (In press). Variance-explicit ecology: a call for holistic study of the consequences of variance at multiple scales. in A.P. Dobson, D. Tilman, and R.D. Holt, editors. Unsolved Problems in Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. (invited book chapter) (*equal authorship)

Wetzel, W.C., H.M. Kharouba, M. Robinson, M. Holyoak, and R. Karban. 2016. Variability in plant nutrients reduces insect herbivore performance. Nature 539: 425-427. doi: 10.1038/nature20140 (pdf) (supplement) (data) (Radio interviews on NPR Capital Public Radio and Washington Ag Network; Press coverage on Science Daily,, Farming UK, Plant Science Today, United Press International, Nature World News, and 13 other outlets; Recommended by the Faculty of 1000)

Karban, R., W.C. Wetzel, K. Shiojiri, E. Pezzola, and J. Blande. 2016. Geographic dialects in volatile communication between sagebrush individuals. Ecology 97: 2917-2914. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1573 (pdf)

LoPresti, E.F., R. Karban, M. Robinson, W.C. Wetzel, and P. Grof-Tisza. 2016. The natural history supplement: furthering natural history amongst ecologists and evolutionary biologists. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 97: 305-310. doi: 10.1002/bes2.1239 (pdf)

Wetzel, W.C. and J.S. Thaler. 2016. Does plant trait diversity reduce the ability of insect herbivores to defend against predators? The plant variability-gut acclimation hypothesis. Current Opinion in Insect Science 14: 25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2016.01.001 (pdf)

Wetzel, W.C., R. Screen†, I. Li†, J. McKenzie†, K. Phillips†, M. Cruz†, W. Zhang†, A. Greene†, E. Lee†, N. Singh†, C. Tran†, and L. Yang. 2016. Ecosystem engineering by a gall-forming wasp indirectly suppresses density and diversity of herbivores on oak trees. Ecology 97: 427-438. doi: 10.1890/15-1347.1 (pdf) (†undergraduate mentee)

Spawton†, K.A., and W.C. Wetzel. 2015. Gall-insect community on big sagebrush varies with plant size but not plant age. Environmental Entomology 44: 1095-1100. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvv087 (pdf) (†undergraduate mentee)

Wetzel, W.C. and D.R. Strong. 2015. Host selection by an insect herbivore with spatially variable density-dependence. Oecologia 179: 777-784. doi: 10.1007/s00442-015-3378-3 (pdf)

Karban, R., W.C. Wetzel, K, Shiojiri, S. Ishizaki, S. Ramirez, and J. Blande. 2014. Deciphering the language of plant communication: volatile chemotypes of sagebrush. New Phytologist 204: 380-385. doi: 10.1111/nph.12887 (pdf)

Wetzel, W.C. 2014. Density-dependent recruitment structures a heterogeneous distribution of herbivores among host-plants. Ecology 95: 2894-2903. doi: 10.1890/14-0190.1 (pdf) (data) (Winner of the Ecological Society of America Outstanding Student Research Award 2014)

Hammock, B. and W.C. Wetzel. 2013. The relative importance of drift causes for stream insect herbivores across a canopy gradient. Oikos 122: 1586-1593. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00319.x (pdf)

Karban, R., K. Shiojiri, S. Ishizaki, W.C. Wetzel, and R. Evans. 2013. Kin recognition affects plant communication and defense. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 280: 20123062. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.3062 (pdf)

Cal Ag cover

Wetzel, W.C., I. Lacher, D. Swezey, S. Moffitt, and D. Manning. 2012. Survey and landscape analysis reveal potential consequences of Williamson Act for rangeland conservation. California Agriculture 66:131-136. doi: 10.3733/ca.v066n04p131 (pdf) (Journal cover story)

Meek, M., A. Wintzer, W.C. Wetzel, and B. May. 2012. Climate change likely to facilitate the invasion of the non-native hydroid, Cordylophora caspia, in the San Francisco Estuary, CA. PLoS ONE 7:e46373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046373 (pdf)

Chong, G., W.C. Wetzel, and M. Holloran. 2011. Greater sage-grouse of Grand Teton National Park: Where do they roam? Park Science 27(3): 42-49.