Mathew A Leibold

Department of Integrative Biology

Harold C. and Mary D. Bold Regents Professor of Cryptogamic Botany (Phycology)


Phone: 512-475-8669

Office Location
PAT 424

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
2415 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712

Research Summary:

The field of ecology, and from my perspective especially the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, are in a state of tremendous and exciting change. In part this is due to improved methods and theories that are revitalizing the field from an academic perspective. But this is also largely driven by changes in the motivations and goals of scientists who are increasingly interested in questions that have implications (or even applications) in solving pressing environmental issues. My goals are: to conduct research that will serve to better integrate our knowledge of ecological processes that will facilitate environmental issues, and to contribute to efforts at making scientific approaches to ecology more accessible to society at large.

Un-refereed publications are marked with an asterisk (*).

List of Published Papers

1. Leibold, M. A. 1989. Resource edibility and the effects of predators and productivity on consumer-resource interactions. American Naturalist 134:922-949.

2. Leibold, M. A. 1990. Resources and predation can affect the vertical distribution of zooplankton. Limnology and Oceanography 35:938-944.

3. Leibold, M. A. 1991. Trophic interactions and habitat segregation between competing Daphnia. Oecologia 86:510-520.

4. Leibold, M. A. and A. J. Tessier. 1991. Contrasting patterns of body size for Daphnia species that segregate by habitat. Oecologia 86:342-348.

5. Leibold, M.A. and H.M. Wilbur. 1992. Interactions between food web structure and nutrients on pond organisms. Nature 360:341-343. (Reviewed in Nature's "News&Views")

6. Tessier, A. J., A. Young, and M. A. Leibold. 1992. Population dynamics and body size selection in Daphnia. Limnology and Oceanography 37:1-13.

7. Leibold, M. A. and C. West. 1993. Experimental methods for measuring the effect of light acclimation on vertical migration by Daphnia in the field. Limnology and Oceanography 38:638-643.

8. Leibold, M. A., A. J. Tessier, and C. West. 1994. Genetic, acclimatization and ontogenetic effects on habitat selection in Daphnia pulicaria. Evolution 48:1324-1332.

9. Leibold, M.A. 1995. The niche concept revisited: mechanistic models and community context. Ecology 76:1371-1382 (Special Feature: Concepts Section).

10. Power ME. et al. 1995. The role of experiments in ecology. Science 270:561-561.

11. Leibold, M.A. 1996. A graphical model of keystone predation: effects of productivity on abundance, incidence and ecological diversity in communities. American Naturalist 147:784-812.

12. Leibold, M.A. 1997. Do nutrient competition models predict nutrient availabilities in limnetic ecosystems? Oecologia 110:132-142.

13. Tessier, A.J. and M.A. Leibold. 1997. Habitat use and ecological specialization within lake Daphnia populations. Oecologia 104:561-570.

14. Leibold, M.A., J.M Chase, J. Shurin and A. Downing. 1997. Species turnover and the regulation of trophic structure. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 28:467-497.

15. Leibold, M.A. 1998. Similarity and local coexistence of species from regional biotas. Evolutionary Ecology 12:95-110.

16. Leibold, M.A. 1999. Biodiversity and nutrient enrichment in pond plankton communities. Evolutionary Ecology Research 1:73-95.

17. Tessier, A.J., M.A. Leibold, and J.I. Tsao. 2000. A fundamental trade-off in resource exploitation by Daphnia. Ecology 81:826-841.

18. Chase, J.M., M.A. Leibold, A. Downing and J.B. Shurin. 2000. Effects of productivity, herbivory and plant species turnover in grassland food webs. Ecology 81:2485-2497.

19. Shurin, J.B., J.E. Havel, M.A. Leibold, and B. Pinel-Alloul. 2000. Local and regional zooplankton species richness: a scale-independent test for saturation. Ecology 81:3062-3073.

20. Chase, J.M., M.A. Leibold and E.L. Simms. 2000. Plant tolerance and resistance in food webs: Community-level prediction and evolutionary implications. Evolutionary Ecology 14:289-314.

21. Leibold, M.A. and G.M. Mikkelson. 2002. Coherence, species turnover, and boundary clumping: Elements of meta-community structure. Oikos 97:237-250.

22. Chase, J.M. and M.A. Leibold. 2002. Spatial scale dictates the productivity-biodiversity relationship. Nature 416:427-430.

23. Downing, A.L. and M.A. Leibold. 2002. Ecosystem consequences of species richness and composition in pond food webs. Nature 416:838-841.

24. Horner-Devine, M.C., M.A. Leibold , V.H. Smith and B.J.M. Bohannan. 2003. Bacterial diversity patterns along a gradient of primary productivity. Ecology Letters 6:613-622.

25. Shurin, J.B., P. Amarasekare, J.M. Chase, R.D. Holt, M. Hoopes and M.A. Leibold. 2003. Alternative stable states and regional community structure. Journal Theoretical Biology 227:359–368.

26. Steiner, C.F. and M.A. Leibold. 2004. Cyclic assembly trajectories and the generation of scale-dependent productivity-biodiversity relationships. Ecology 85:107-113.

27. Leibold, M.A. and J. Norberg. 2004. Plankton metacommunities as self-organized adaptive systems. Limnology and Oceanography 49: 1278-1289. (Special Issue:Plankton Biodiversity)

28. Leibold, M.A., M. Holyoak, N. Mouquet, R.D. Holt, D. Tilman and 7 others. 2004. The metacommunity concept: a framework for large scale community ecology? Ecology Letters 7:601-613.

29. Hall SR, Leibold MA, Lytle DA, and Smith VH. 2004. Stoichiometry and planktonic grazer composition over gradients of light, nutrients, and predation risk.
Ecology 85:2291-2301.

30. Hall SR, Smith VH, Lytle DA, and Leibold MA. 2005. Constraints on primary producer N : P stoichiometry along N : P supply ratio gradients. Ecology 86:1894-1904.

31. Smith, V.A., B.L. Foster, J.P. Grover, R.D. Holt, M.A. Leibold, and F. deNoyelles. 2005. Phytoplankton species richness patterns: Scale-invariance from laboratory microcosms to the world’s largest lakes. PNAS 102:4393-4396

32. Hall SR, Leibold, MA, Lytle DA and Smith VH. 2006. Inedible producers in food webs: Controls on stoichiometric food quality and composition of grazers. American Naturalist 167:628-637.

33. Leibold, M.A. and M.A. McPeek. 2006. Coexistence of the niche and neutral perspectives in community ecology (invited ‘Special Features’ paper on ‘The neutral theory of biodiversity’). Ecology 87:1399-1410.

34. Hall SR, Leibold MA, Lytle DA, Smith VH. 2007. Grazers, producer stoichiometry, and the light : nutrient hypothesis revisited. Ecology 88:1142-1152

35. Horner-Devine MC, Silver JM, Leibold MA, Bohannan BJM, Colwell RK, Fuhrman JA, Green JL, Kuske CR, Martiny JBH, Muyzer G, Ovreas L, Reysenbach AL, Smith VH. 2007. A comparison of taxon co-occurrence patterns for macro- and microorganisms. Ecology 88:1345-1353

36. Loeuille N and Leibold MA. 2008. Evolution in metacommunities: on the relative importance of species sorting and monopolization in structuring communities. American Naturalist 171:788-799.

37. Howeth, JG and Leibold MA. 2008. Planktonic dispersal dampens temporal trophic cascades in pond metacommunities. Ecology Letters 11:245-257.

38. Urban MC, Leibold MA, Pantel JH, Loeuille N, Vellend M, Amarasekare P, Klausmeier CA, Norberg J, De Mazancourt C, Gomulkiewicz R, Hochberg ME, Strauss SY, De Meester L, Wade MJ. 2008. Evolutionary ecology of metacommunities. Trends in Research In Ecology and Evolution 23:311-317.

39. Loeuille N and Leibold MA. 2008. Ecological consequences of evolution in plant defenses in a metacommunity. Theoretical Population Biology 74:34-45.

40. Downing AL, Brown BL, Perrin EM, Keitt TH and Leibold MA. 2008. Environmental fluctuations induce scale-dependent compensation and increase stability in plankton ecosystems. Ecology 89:3204-3214

41. *Leibold MA. 2008 Ecology – Return of the Niche. Nature 454:39-40

42. Carpenter SR, Armbrust EV, Arzberger PW, ... Leibold MA, et al.2009. Accelerate synthesis in ecology and ensvironmental sciences. Bioscience 59:699-701.

43. Howeth JG and Leibold MA. 2010. Species dispersal rates alter diversity and ecosystem stability in pond metacommunities. Ecology 91:2727-2741.

44. Howeth JG and Leibold MA. 2010. Prey dispersal rate affects prey species composition and trait diversity in response to multiple predators in metacommunities. accepted pending revisions. Journal of Animal Ecology 79:1000-1011.

45. Downing AL and Leibold MA. 2010. Species richness facilitates ecosystem resilience in aquatic food webs. Freshwater Biology 55:2123-2137

46. Leibold MA, Economo EP and Peres-Neto-P. 2010. Metacommunity phylogenetics: separating the roles of environmental filters and historical biogeography. Ecology Letters 13:1290-1299.

47. Pantel, JH, Leibold MA and Juenger TE. 2011. Population differentiation in Daphnia alters community assembly in experimental ponds. American Naturalist 177:314-322.

48. Massol, F. Gravel D, Mouquet N, Cadotte M, Fukami T, and Leibold MA. Linking community and ecosystem dynamics through spatial ecology. Ecology Letters 14:313-323.

49. Pantel, JH, Juenger TE, and Leibold MA. 2011. Environmental gradients structure Daphnia pulex x pulicaria clonal distributions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:723-732.

50. Peres-Neto PR, Leibold MA, and Dray S. 2011. Assessing the effects of spatial contingency and environmental filtering on metacommunity phylogenetics. Ecology Letters in press.