James Ott

James Ott, Ph.D

James Ott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Ph.D., 1990, University of Maryland
M.S., 1983, North Carolina State University
B.S., 1980, George Mason University




Organismal Biology (BIO 1331)
Evolution (BIO 4301)
Principles of Population Biology II (BIO 7428)

Research Interests

Insect-Plant Interactions, Ecological Genetics, Evolutionary Mechanisms

Selected Publications

Zhang, L., G.R. Hood, I. Carroo,  J.R. Ott, and S.P. Egan. 2021. Context-dependent reproductive isolation: Host plant variability drives fitness of hybrid herbivores. The American Naturalist. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/714139 

Zhang, Y.M., S.P. Egan, A.L. Drisco, and J.R. Ott. 2021. One hundred and sixty years of taxonomic confusion resolved: Belonocnema (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae, Cynipini) gall wasps associated with live oaks in the USA.  Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Doi/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab001/6153840

Zhang, L., G.R. Hood, A. Roush, S.A. Shzu, M.S. Comerford, J.R. Ott, and S.P. Egan.  2020. Asymmetric, but opposing reductions in immigrant viability and fecundity promote reproductive isolation among host‐associated populations of an insect herbivore.  Evolution https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14148

Zhang L, Hood GR, Ott JR, Egan SP. 2019. Temporal isolation between sympatric host plants cascades across multiple trophic levels of host-associated insects.  Biology Letters 15: 20190572. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0572 

Hood, G.R., L. Zhang*, E.G. Hu, J.R. Ott, and S.P. Egan. 2019. Cascading reproductive isolation: plant phenology drives temporal isolation among populations of a host-specific herbivore.  Evolution 73: 554-568.

Driscoe, A. L., C. C. Nice, R.W. Busbee, G.R. Hood, S. P. Egan, and J. R. Ott. 2019 Host plant associations and geography interact to shape diversification in a specialist insect herbivore
 Molecular Ecology 28:4197-4211.

Schuler, H., S.P. Egan, G.R. Hood, R.W. Busbee, A.L. Driscoe*, and J.R. Ott. 2018. Diversity and distribution of Wolbachia in relation to geography, host plant affiliation and life cycle of a heterogonic gall wasp.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 18:37

Hood, G.R. and J.R. Ott. 2017. Independent life history evolution between generations of bivoltine species: a case study of cyclical parthenogenesis. Oecologia:183:1053-1064.

Zhang, L., A. L. Driscoe, R. Izen, C. Toussaint, J.R. Ott, & S.P. Egan. 2017. Immigrant inviability promotes reproductive isolation among host-associated populations of the gall     wasp Belonocnema treatae.  Entomologia Experimentalis et. Applicata: 162:379-388.
https://doi.org 10.1111/eea.12548

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