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Gray, M., M. Stansberry, J. S. Lynn, C. F. Williams, T. E. White and K. D. Whitney. In press.  Consistent shifts in pollinator-relevant floral coloration along a Rocky Mountain elevation gradient.  Journal of Ecology.


Martinez, M. A., E. J. Baack, S. M. Hovick, and K. D. Whitney.  2018.  A reassessment of the genome size – invasiveness relationship in reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea).  Annals of Botany 121: 1309-1318.


Gundel, P. E., J. A. Rudgers & K. D. Whitney.  2017. Vertically transmitted symbionts as mechanisms of transgenerational effects.  American Journal of Botany 104:1-6.


Campbell, L. G., L. P. Albert, E. D. Gumuser, and K. D. Whitney.  2016.  Water-induced stress influences the relative investment in cleistogamous and chasmogamous flowers of an invasive grass, Microstegium vimineum (Poaceae).  Plant Ecology & Diversity 9: 339–348.


Bock, D. G., C. Caseys, R. D. Cousens, M. Hahn, S. M. Heredia, S. Hübner, K. G. Turner, K. D. Whitney, and L. H. Rieseberg. 2015. What we still do not know about invasion genetics. Molecular Ecology 24: 2277-2297.


Whitney, K. D., K. W. Broman, N. C. Kane, S. M. Hovick, R. A. Randell, and L. H. Rieseberg. 2015. QTL mapping identifies candidate alleles involved in adaptive introgression and range expansion in a wild sunflower. Molecular Ecology 24: 2194-2211.


Whitney, K. D., and E. Gering.  2015.  Five decades of invasion genetics.  New Phytologist 205: 472-475.


Hovick, S.M., and K. D. Whitney.  2014.  Hybridization is associated with increased fecundity and size in invasive taxa: meta-analytic support for the hybridization-invasion hypothesis.  Ecology Letters 17: 1464–1477.

  Singer M. S., I. H. Lichter-Marck, T. E. Farkas, E. Aaron, K. D. Whitney, and K. A. Mooney. 2014. Herbivore diet breadth mediates the cascading effects of carnivores in food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 9521-9526.
  Rudgers, J.A., S. N. Kivlin, K. D. Whitney, M. V. Price, N. M. Waser, J. Harte.  2014.  Responses of high-altitude graminoids and soil fungi to 20 years of experimental warming.  Ecology 95: 1918-1928.
  Lamperti, A. M., A. R. French, E. S. Dierenfeld, M. K. Fogiel, K. D. Whitney, D. J. Stauffer, K. M. Holbrook, B. D. Hardesty, C. J. Clark, J. R. Poulsen, B. Wang, T. B. Smith, V. T. Parker. 2014. Diet selection is related to breeding status in two frugivorous hornbill species of Central Africa. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30:273-290.
  Ahern, J. R. and K. D. Whitney.  2014.  Sesquiterpene lactone stereochemistry influences herbivore resistance and plant fitness in the field.  Annals of Botany 113: 731-740.

Ahern, J. R. and K. D. Whitney.  2014.  Stereochemistry affects sesquiterpene lactone bioactivity against an herbivorous grasshopper.  Chemoecology 24: 35-39.


Chamberlain, S. A., K. D. Whitney, and J.A. Rudgers.  2013.  Proximity to agriculture alters abundance and community composition of wild sunflower mutualists and antagonists.  Ecosphere 4(8): 96.

  Laurance, W. F., D. C. Useche, J. Rendeiro, … K. Whitney, et al.  2012.  Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas.  Nature 489: 290-294.
  Hovick, S.M., E. D. Gumuser, K. D. Whitney. 2012. Community dominance patterns, not colonizer genetic diversity, drive colonization success in a test with grassland species.  Plant Ecology 213: 1365-1380.

Chamberlain, S., S. Hovick, C. Dibble, B. Van Allen, B. Maitner, J. Ahern, L. Bell-Dereske, N. Rasmussen, J. Carillo, M. Meza-Lopez, C. Roy, E. Siemann, M. Lajeunesse and K.D. Whitney.   2012.  Does phylogeny matter?  Assessing the impact of phylogenetic information in ecological meta-analysis.  Ecology Letters 15: 627–636.

  Maitner, B. S., J. A. Rudgers, A. E. Dunham, and K. D. Whitney. 2012.  Patterns of bird invasion are consistent with environmental filtering. Ecography 35: 614-623.

Hovick, S. M., L. G. Campbell, A. A. Snow, and K. D. Whitney. 2012. Hybridization alters early life-history traits and increases plant colonization success in a novel region.  American Naturalist. 179: 192-203.

  Savage, A. M., and K. D. Whitney.  2011.  Mutualistic, trait-mediated indirect interactions in invasions: a highly invasive ant has unique behavioral responses to plant nectar.  Ecosphere 2(9):106.
  Albert, L. P., L. G. Campbell, and K. D. Whitney.  2011.  Beyond simple reproductive assurance: cleistogamy allows adaptive plastic responses to pollen limitation.  International Journal of Plant Sciences 172:862-869.

Whitney, K. D., B. Boussau, E. J. Baack, and T. Garland Jr.  2011.  Drift and genome complexity revisited.  PLoS Genetics 7(6): e1002092.


Ness, J. H., E. J. Rollinson, and K. D. Whitney. 2011. Phylogenetic distance can predict susceptibility to attack by natural enemies.  Oikos 120:1327-1334.

  Craig, S., S. Kannadan, S. L. Flory, E. K. Seifert, K. D. Whitney, and J. A. Rudgers. 2011. Endophyte symbiosis increases resistance of the native grass Poa alsodes to invasion by the non-native grass Microstegium vimineum. Symbiosis 53: 17-28.

Savage, A. M., S. D. Johnson, K. D. Whitney, and J. A. Rudgers. 2011. Do invasive ants respond more strongly to carbohydrate availability than co-occurring non-invasive ants? A test along an active Anoplolepis gracilipes invasion front. Austral Ecology 36: 310-319.


Whitney, K. D. and T. Garland Jr. 2010. Did genetic drift drive increases in genome complexity?  PLoS Genetics 6(8): e1001080.

  Whitney, K. D., J. R. Ahern, L. G. Campbell, L. P. Albert, and M. S. King. 2010. Patterns of hybridization in plants.  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics12: 175-182.
  Whitney, K. D., E. J. Baack, J. L. Hamrick, M. J. W. Godt, B. C. Barringer, M. D. Bennett, C. G. Eckert, C. Goodwillie, S. Kalisz, I. J. Leitch, and J. Ross-Ibarra. 2010. A role for nonadaptive processes in plant genome size evolution?  Evolution 64: 2097-2109.

Whitney, K. D., R. A. Randell, and L. H. Rieseberg. 2010.  Adaptive introgression of abiotic tolerance traits in the sunflower Helianthus annuusNew Phytologist 187:230-239.

  Scascitelli, M., K. D. Whitney, R. A. Randell, M. King, C. A. Buerkle, and L. H. Rieseberg.  2010. Genome scan of hybridizing sunflowers from Texas (Helianthus annuus  and H. debilis) reveals asymmetric patterns of introgression and small islands of genomic differentiation.  Molecular Ecology 19:521-541.
  Crawford, K. M. and K. D. Whitney. 2010. Population genetic diversity influences colonization success. Molecular Ecology 19:1253-1263.
  Whitney, K. D. and J. A. Rudgers. 2009. Constraints on plant signals and rewards to multiple mutualists? Plant Signaling & Behavior 4 (9):801-804.


Whitney, K. D. 2009. Comparative evolution of flower and fruit morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 276:2941-2947.

  Savage A.M., J.A. Rudgers & K.D. Whitney. 2009. Elevated dominance of extrafloral nectary-bearing plants is associated with increased abundances of an invasive ant and reduced native ant richness. Diversity And Distributions 15:751-761.
  Whitney, K.D., J.R. Ahern & L.G. Campbell. 2009. Hybridization-prone plant families do not generate more invasive species. Biological Invasions 11: 1205-1215.
  Whitney, K.D., and C. A. Gabler. 2008. Rapid evolution in introduced species, 'invasive traits' and recipient communities: challenges for predicting invasive potential. Diversity and Distributions 14: 569-580. supplemental appendix
  Rieseberg, L. H., S. C. Kim, R. A. Randell, K. D. Whitney, B. R. Gross, C. Lexer, and K. Clay. 2007. Hybridization and the colonization of novel habitats by annual sunflowers. Genetica 129: 149-165.
  Rudgers, J.A. & Whitney, K.D. 2006. Interactions between insect herbivores and a plant architectural dimorphism. Journal Of Ecology 94: 1249-1260.
  Whitney, K. D., R. A. Randell, and L. H. Rieseberg. 2006. Adaptive introgression of herbivore resistance traits in the weedy sunflower Helianthus annuus. American Naturalist 167: 794-807.

Whitney, K. D. 2005. Linking frugivores to the dynamics of a fruit color polymorphism. American Journal of Botany 92: 859-867. cover photograph

  Baack, E. J., K. D. Whitney, and L. H. Rieseberg. 2005. Hybridization and genome size evolution: timing and magnitude of nuclear DNA content increases in Helianthus homoploid hybrid species. New Phytologist 167: 623-630.

Whitney, K. D. 2005. Evidence for simple genetic control of a fruit colour polymorphism in Acacia ligulata. Australian Journal of Botany 53: 363-366.


Whitney, K. D., and M. L. Stanton. 2004. Insect seed predators as novel agents of selection on fruit color. Ecology 85: 2153-2160.


Whitney, K. D. 2004. Experimental evidence that both parties benefit in a facultative plant-spider mutualism. Ecology 85:1642-1650.


Whitney, K. D., and C. E. Lister. 2004. Fruit colour polymorphism in Acacia ligulata: seed and seedling performance, clinal patterns, and chemical variation. Evolutionary Ecology 18: 165-186.


Whitney, K. D. 2002. Dispersal for distance? Acacia ligulata seeds and meat ants Iridomyrmex viridiaeneus. Austral Ecology 27: 589-595.


Whitney, K. D., and T. B. Smith. 1998. Habitat use and resource tracking by African Ceratogymna hornbills: implications for seed dispersal and forest conservation. Animal Conservation 1: 107-117.


Whitney, K. D., M. K. Fogiel, A. M. Lamperti, K. M. Holbrook, D. M. Stauffer, B. D. Hardesty, V. T. Parker, and T. B. Smith. 1998. Seed dispersal by Ceratogymna hornbills in the Dja Reserve, Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology 14: 351-371.

  Smith, T. B., K. K. Rasmussen, K. D. Whitney, and M. K. Fogiel. 1996. A preliminary survey of birds from the Lac Lobeke Reserve, south-eastern Cameroon. Bird Conservation International 6: 167-174.
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