The Prior Lab studies species interactions and invasion ecology. We explore how altered ecological interactions facilitate invasions, how invasions impact ecological systems, and how to manage invaded ecosystems. Our empirical work largely focuses on plant and insect interactions. Research is grounded in experimental field ecology, and we conduct work in several different ecosystems. Although a significant focus of our work is on invasions, we are also excited about species interactions in general. To this end, we sometimes use invasions as natural experiments to answer questions about the ecology and evolution of species interactions, and how species interactions and traits drive community and ecosystem processes.
Thanks for your interest! Check out our research page for more information on what we do.
Check out opportunities to join the lab here.
June 2018: We welcome Dudley Britton to the lab this summer! A McNair fellow, who will be working on seed dispersal in primary and secondary northern forests.
May 2018: Congrats to Wyatt for receiving an Undergraduate Summer Scholars Fellowship! This summer, Wyatt will be working on the effects of habitat fragmentation on seed dispersal by ants.
April 2018: The Prior lab had a great showing at BU's Research Day's Poster Session - Catherine, Melissa, Wyatt, and Tim all presented posters on their research.
April 2018: Big congrats to Carmela for winning 2nd place for best graduate student talk at mid-Atlantic ESA!
April. 2018: The Prior lab is headed to mid-Atlantic ESA! Suzy is presenting on altered host-parasitoid interactions under range expansions, Tim on the effect of a pervasive ant on arthropod communities, and Carmela on ecological outcomes of invasive species management. Seriously awesome stuff!
Jan. 2018: Suzy and Carmela did excellent jobs presenting their research at the BGSO Symposium! Nice work guys!
Nov. 2017: Kirsten just had a paper accepted in Ecology! Her first (first-author) paper from her work in the rich and amazing east African ant-acacia mutualism system with Todd Palmer.
Nov. 2017: Congratulations to Catherine and Melissa for receiving Undergraduate Research Awards!
Sept. 2017: Welcome to Shannon Meadley Dunphy, our new Lab Manager! Shannon and I have worked together on ants and seed-dispersal for several years (check out some of her work on the Publications page), and I am very excited to have her helping out on several projects in the lab.
Sept. 2017: New review paper out in Biological Invasions about the resilience of ecological systems to invasions!
Sept. 2017: Super excited to welcome our new Ph.D. student, Carmela Buono to the lab! Carmela is coming to us from Rutgers and will be working on invasive species and seed dispersal.