Mariana Abarca

Role: Research Assistant Professor
Status: Alumnus
Current Affiliation: Smith College
Current Email: mabarca@smith.edu
Start year: 2015
End year: 2020
Interests:
Ecology, phenology, plant-insect interactions, climate change and natural history (I like studying how caterpillars eat and get eaten). Mariana started a tenure-track assistant professorship at Smith College in July 2021! Congrats Mariana - we couldn't be more proud!!

Publications

2020

Abarca, M., Lill, J. T., & Weiss, M. R. (2020). Host Plant and Thermal Stress Induce Supernumerary Instars in Caterpillars. Environmental entomology, 49(1), 123-131.


2019

Abarca, M., E.A. Larsen, and L. Ries. (2019). Heatwaves and Novel Host Consumption Increase Overwinter Mortality of an Imperiled Wetland Butterfly. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7: 193. doi: 10.3389/fevo.


Abarca, M. (2019). Herbivore seasonality responds to conflicting cues: Untangling the effects of host, temperature, and photoperiod. PLoS ONE, 14(9).


2018

Abarca, M., E. Larsen, J.T. Lill, M. Weiss, E. Lind, L. Ries. 2018. Inclusion of host quality data improves predictions of herbivore phenology. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 166 (8), 648-660


Abarca, M., Lill, J. T., & Frank-Bolton, P. (2018). Latitudinal variation in responses of a forest herbivore and its egg parasitoids to experimental warming. Oecologia, 186(3), 869-881.