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Post Doctoral Associate

Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Connecticut
3107 Horsebarn Hill Road
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4210

Phone: (860) 486-1772
FAX: (860) 486-5488

King (Chinook) Salmon caught on a fly in the Salmon River, Pulaski, NY.

Research Interests

Currently, my research has multiple foci: 1) use of a metacommunity approach to understand patterns of species distributions along latent environmental gradients, 2) evaluation of multiple dimensions of biodiversity along environmental gradients, 3) use of host-parasite systmes as models to explore potential ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that mold patterns of abundance, species richness, diversity, and metacommunity structure on hosts, 4) use of plant-insect networks to evaluate partitioning of niche axes, 5) evaluation of effects of anthropogenic activities on bat populations, assemblages, and temporal activity in the Neotropics, and 6) use of data on Caribbean vertebrates to explore biogeographic factors associated with species richness, composition, or metacommunity structure.

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Male king salmon in the Salmon River near Pulaski, NY.



Bachelor of Science. 1991. Western Illinois University, Macomb, Il. Dr. Jeanette A. Thomas, Advisor.

Master of Science. 1994. Western Illinois University, Macomb, Il. Thesis Title: Small Mammals of McDonough County, Illinois. Dr. Jeanette A. Thomas, Advisor.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology.  2004.  Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University,  Lubbock, Texas. Dissertation Title: Ectoparasitic assemblages of Paraguayan bats: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Dr. Michael R. Willig, Advisor. PDF


44. Dreiss, L.M., K.R. Burgio, L.M. Cisneros, B.T. Klingbeil, B.D. Patterson, S.J. Presley, and M.R. Willig. 2015. Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic dimensions of rodent biodiversity along an extensive tropical elevational gradient. Ecography (In Press).

43. López-González, C., S.J. Presley, A. Lozano, R.D. Stevens, and C.L. Higgins. 2014. Ecological biogeography of Mexican bats: the relative contributions of habitat heterogeneity, beta diversity, and environmental gradients to species richness and composition patterns . Ecography doi: 10.1111/ecog.00813. PDF

42. Hudson, L., et al. (243 collaborators). 2014. The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution doi:10.1002/ece3.1303. PDF

41. Carvalho, D.M., S.J. Presley, and G.M.M. Santos. 2014. Niche overlap and network specialization of flower-visiting bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in an agricultural system. Neotropical Entomology 43: 489-499. PDF

40. Santos, G.M.M., W. Dáttilo, and S.J. Presley. 2014. The seasonal dynamic of ant-flower networks in a semi-arid tropical environment. Ecological Entomology 39: 674-683. PDF

39. Presley, S.J., S.M. Scheiner, and M.R. Willig. 2014. Evaluation of an integrated framework for biodiversity with a new metric for functional dispersion. PLoS ONE 9(8): e105818. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105818. PDF

38. de la Sancha, N., C.L. Higgins, S.J. Presley, and R.E. Strauss. 2014. Metacommunity structure in a highly fragmented forest: has deforestation in the Atlantic Forest altered historic biogeographic patterns? Diversity and Distributions 20: 1058-1070. PDF

37. Cisneros, L.M., K.R. Burgio, L.M. Dreiss, B.T. Klingbeil, B.D. Patterson, S.J. Presley, and M.R. Willig. 2014. Multiple dimensions of bat biodiversity along an extensive tropical elevational gradient. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 1124-1136. PDF

36. Dallas, T., and S.J. Presley. 2014. Relative importance of host environment, transmission potential, and host phylogeny to the structure of parasite metacommunities. Oikos 123: 866-874. PDF

35. Willig, M.R., C.P. Bloch, and S.J. Presley. 2014. Experimental decoupling of canopy opening and debris addition on tropical gastropod populations and communities. Forest Ecology and Management 332: 103-117.PDF

34. Schowalter, T.D., M.R Willig, and S.J. Presley. 2014. Canopy Arthropod Responses to Experimental Canopy Opening and Debris Deposition in a Tropical Rainforest Subject to Hurricanes. Forest Ecology and Management 332: 93-102.PDF

33. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, C.P. Bloch, and J. Alvarez. 2013. Population, community, and metacommunity dynamics of terrestrial gastropods in the Luquillo Mountains: a gradient perspective. In: Ecological Gradient Analyses in a Tropical Landscape, G. González, M.R. Willig, and R. B. Waide, editors. Ecological Bulletins 54:117-140. PDF

32. Willig, M.R., and S.J. Presley. 2013. Latitudinal gradients of biodiversity. Pages 612-626 in Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd edition, Volume 4 (S. Levin, Ed.). Academic Press, Waltham, Massachusetts. Email author for PDF.

31. Aguiar, C.M.L., G.M.M.Santos, C.F. Martins, and S.J. Presley. 2013. Trophic niche breadth and niche overlap in a guild of flower-visiting bees in a Brazilian dry forest. Apidologie 44:153-162. PDF

30. Presley, S.J., L.M. Cisneros, B.D. Patterson, and M.R. Willig. 2012. Vertebrate metacommunity structure along an extensive elevational gradient in the tropics: a comparison of bats, rodents and birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21:968-976. PDF

29. Brito, A.F., S.J. Presley, and G.M.M. Santos. 2012. Temporal and Trophic Niche Overlap in a Guild of Flower-Visiting Ants in a Seasonal Semi-Arid Tropical Environment. Journal of Arid Environments 87:161-167. PDF

28. Presley, S.J. 2012. Sex-based population structure of ectoparasites from Neotropical bats. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107:56-66. PDF

27. López-González, C., S.J. Presley, A. Lozano, R.D. Stevens, and C.L. Higgins. 2012. Metacommunity analysis of Mexican bats: environmentally mediated structure in an area of high geographic and environmental complexity. Journal of Biogeography 39:177-192. PDF

26. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, C.P. Bloch, I. Castro-Arellano, L.M. Cisneros, C.L. Higgins, and B.T. Klingbeil. 2011. Tropical metacommunities and elevational gradients: effects of forest type and other environmental factors. Oikos 120:1497-1508. PDF

25. Presley, S.J. 2011. Interspecific aggregation of ectoparasites on bats: importance of hosts as habitats supersedes interspecific interactions. Oikos 120: 832-841. PDF

24. Presley, S.J., M.R. Willig, C.P. Bloch, I. Castro-Arellano, C.L. Higgins, and B.T. Klingbeil. 2011. A complex metacommunity structure for gastropods along an elevational gradient. Biotropica 43: 480-488. PDF

23. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, and C.P. Bloch. 2011. Long-term dynamics of tropical walking sticks in response to multiple large-scale and intense disturbances. Oecologia 165:357-368. PDF

22. Santos, G.M.M., and S.J. Presley. 2010. Niche overlap and temporal activity patterns of social wasps in a Brazilian cashew orchard. Sociobiology 56:121-131. PDF

21. Presley, S.J., C.L. Higgins, and M.R. Willig. 2010. A comprehensive framework for the evaluation of metacommunity structure. Oikos 119:908-917. PDF

20. Presley, S.J., and M.R. Willig. 2010. Bat metacommunity structure on Caribbean islands and the role of endemics. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19:185-199. PDF

19. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, C.P. Bloch, and H.H. Genoways. 2009. Macroecology of Caribbean bats: effects of area, elevation, latitude, and hurricane-induced disturbance. Pages 216-264 in Island bats: evolution, ecology, and conservation (T. Fleming, and P. Racey, Eds.). University of Chicago Press. PDF

18. Castro-Arellano I., S.J. Presley, M.R. Willig, J.M. Wunderle, and L.N. Saldanha. 2009. Reduced-impact logging and temporal activity of understorey bats in lowland Amazonia. Biological Conservation 142:2131-2139. PDF

17. Presley, S.J., C.L. Higgins, C. López-González, and R.D. Stevens. 2009. Elements of metacommunity structure of Paraguayan bats: multiple gradients require analysis of multiple axes of variation. Oecologia 160:781-793. PDF

16. Presley, S.J., M.R. Willig, L.N. Saldanha, J.M. Wunderle, and I. Castro-Arellano. 2009. Reduced-impact logging has little effect on temporal activity of frugivorous bats (Chiroptera) in lowland Amazonia. Biotropica 41:369-378. PDF

15. Presley, S.J., M.R. Willig, I. Castro-Arellano, and S.C. Weaver. 2009. Effects of habitat conversion on activity patterns of phyllostomid bats in lowland Amazonian rainforest. Journal of Mammalogy 90:210-221. PDF

14. Presley, S.J., and M.R. Willig. 2008. Composition and structure of Caribbean bat (Chiroptera) assemblages: effects of inter-island distance, area, elevation, and hurricane-induced disturbance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17:747-757. PDF

13. Presley, S.J., and M.R. Willig. 2008. Intraspecific patterns of ectoparasite abundances on Paraguayan bats: effects of host sex and body size. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24:75-83. PDF

12. Presley, S.J., M.R. Willig, J.M. Wunderle, and L.N. Saldanha. 2008. Effects of reduced-impact logging and forest physiognomy on bat populations of lowland Amazonian forest. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:14-25. PDF

11. Stevens, R.D., C. López-González, and S.J. Presley. 2007. Geographical ecology of Paraguayan bats: spatial integration and metacommunity structure of interacting assemblages. Journal of Animal Ecology 76:1086-1093. PDF

10. Presley, S.J. 2007. Streblid bat-fly assemblage structure on Noctilio leporinus (Chiroptera: Noctilionidae): nestedness and species co-occurrence. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:409-417. PDF

9. Castro-Arellano, I., S.J. Presley, L.N. Saldanha, M.R. Willig, and J.M. Wunderle. 2007. Effects of low-intensity logging on bat biodiversity in terra firme forest of lowland Amazonia. Biological Conservation 138:269-285. PDF

8. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, C.P. Bloch, C.L. Hice, S.P. Yanoviak, M.M. Díaz, L. Arias Chauca, V. Pacheco, and S.C. Weaver. 2007. Phyllostomid bats of lowland Amazonian: effects of habitat alteration on abundance. Biotropica 39:737-746. PDF

7. Presley, S.J. 2005. Ectoparasitic assemblages of Paraguayan bats: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Mastozoología Neotropical 12:103-105. PDF

6. López-González, C., and S.J. Presley. 2001. Taxonomic status of Molossus bondae J. A. Allen (Chiroptera: Molossidae), 1904, with new records for Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay and description of a new subspecies.  Journal of Mammalogy 82:760-774. PDF

5. López-González, C., S. J. Presley, R. D. Owen, and M. R. Willig.  2001.  The taxonomic status of Myotis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Paraguay.  Journal of Mammalogy 82:138-160. PDF

4. Willig, M.R., S.J. Presley, R.D. Owen, and C. López-González. 2000. Composition and structure of bat assemblages in Paraguay: a subtropical – temperate interface. Journal of Mammalogy 81:386-401. PDF

3. Presley, S.J. 2000. Eira barbara. Mammalian Species 636:1-6. PDF

2. Presley, S.J. 2000. (Review of) Ecología de los Vertebrados de Chile by A.F. Jaksic. Journal of Mammalogy 81:282-284.

1. López-González, C., S.J. Presley, R.D. Owen, M.R. Willig, and I. Gamarra de Fox. 1998. Noteworthy records of bats (Chiroptera) from Paraguay.  Mastozoología Neotropical 5:41-45.PDF

Submitted Manuscripts

Presley, S.J., T. Dallas, B.T. Klingbeil, and M.R. Willig. Phylogenetic signals in host-parasite associations for Neotropical bats and Nearctic desert rodents. Journal of Evoluionary Biology (Submitted).

Burgio, K.R., L.M. Cisneros, K.E. Davis, L.M. Dreiss, B.T. Klingbeil, B.D. Patterson, S.J. Presley, and M.R. Willig. Dimensions of passerine biodiversity along a tropical elevational gradient: a nexus for historical biogeography and contemporary ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology (Submitted).

Schowalter, T., M.R Willig, and S.J. Presley. Long-term variation in population and community structure of canopy arthropods in a disturbance-prone tropical rainforest. Oecologia (submitted).

Adult male gray brocket (Mazama gouazoubira) killed near Destacamento Militar Gabino Mendoza, in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay


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