TTU Biology: Faculty

 William Resetarits
Resetarits Jr, William

Office Phone: 1(806)834-2668
E-Mail: william.resetarits@ttu.edu

Professor
Ph.D., Zoology, Duke University
MS(R), Biology, Saint Louis University
MA, Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia
BA, Anthropology, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Research Interests

My primaryresearch interest lies in uncovering the processes affecting the structure anddynamics of ecological communities. While my main focus is on understandingprocesses at the community level, I work at levels from the population to themetacommunity, and on a range of issues from the role of behavior in patternsof species distribution and diversity, to evolutionary aspects of communityassembly, to understanding the dynamics of linked communities in complexlandscapes (metacommunities). My belief is that the dynamics of communitiescannot be disassociated from the underlying evolutionary and populationprocesses, or from processes operating at larger scales, nor can the study ofcommunities proceed without recognition of the role of changing land use,invasive species, and global climate change.

Selected Publications
Resetarits, W. J., Jr. and C. A. Binckley. 2009. Spatial contagion of predation risk affects colonization rate and community structure in experimental landscapes. Ecology 90:869-876.

Binckley, C. A. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2008. Oviposition behavior partitions aquatic landscapes along nutrient and predation gradients. Behavioral Ecology 19: 552-557.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. and D. R. Chalcraft. 2007. Functional diversity within a morphologically conservative genus of predators: implications for functional equivalence and redundancy in ecological communities. Functional Ecology 21:793-804.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. 2005. Habitat selection links local and regional scales in aquatic systems. Ecology Letters 8:480-486.

Resetarits, W. J. Jr., C. A. Binckley, and D. R. Chalcraft. 2005. Habitat selection, species interactions, and processes of community assembly in complex landscapes: a metacommunity perspective. pp 374-398, In Metacommunities: spatial dynamics and ecological communities, edited by M. Holyoak, M. A. Leibold and R. D. Holt, University of Chicago Press.

Binckley, C. A. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2005. Habitat selection determines abundance, richness and species composition of beetles in aquatic communities. Biology Letters 1:370-374.

Rieger, J. F., C.A. Binckley, and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2004. Larval performance and oviposition site preference along a predation gradient. Ecology 85:2094-2099.

Chalcraft, D. R. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2004. Metabolic rate models and the substitutability of predator populations. Journal of Animal Ecology 73:323-332.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr., J. F. Rieger and C. A. Binckley . 2004. Threat of predation negates density effects in larval gray treefrogs. Oecologia 138:532-538.

Chalcraft, D. R. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2003. Mapping functional similarity on the basis of trait similarities. American Naturalist 162:390-402.

Binckley, C. A. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2003. Functional equivalence of non-lethal effects: generalized fish avoidance determines distribution of gray treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis, larvae. Oikos 102:623-629.

Chalcraft, D. R. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. 2003. Predator identity and ecological impacts: functional redundancy or functional diversity? Ecology 84:2407-2418.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. and J. Bernardo, editors. 1998. Experimental Ecology: Issues and Perspectives. Oxford, New York. 470 pp.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. 1995. Limiting similarity and the intensity of competitive effects on the mottled sculpin, Cottus bairdi, in experimental stream communities. Oecologia 104:31-38.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. 1991. Ecological interactions among predators in experimental stream communities. Ecology 72:1782-1793.

Fauth, J. E. and W. J. Resetarits, Jr. (equal co-authorship). 1991. Interactions between the salamander Siren intermedia and the keystone predator Notophthalmus viridescens. Ecology 72:827-838.

Resetarits, W. J., Jr. and H.M. Wilbur. 1989. Choice of oviposition site in Hyla chrysoscelis: role of predators and competitors. Ecology 70:220-228.