Angela Laws, Postdoctoral Associate







Academic History:

Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center-West. University of Notre Dame. 2013-2015

Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Kansas State University. 2007-2012

Ph.D.: Biology.  University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Dissertation Title:  Effects of abiotic conditions and herbivore density on tritrophic interactions in an old field food chain.  2007

M.S.: Ecology.  Utah State University, Logan, UT.  Thesis Title:  Effects of population density on life-history strategies in grasshoppers.  2004

 B.S.: Fisheries and Wildlife.  Utah State University, Logan, UT.  1999  


Research Interests:

I am a community ecologist working primarily with grassland insects. My research generally focuses on understanding how insects influence ecosystem processes in grasslands, and to understand how the biotic and abiotic environment mediates these effects. I’m currently working on two projects that fall within this framework. The first examines the role of micronutrients in structuring insect populations in coastal prairie. The second looks at the role of grasshopper biodiversity in mediating ecosystem processes in grasslands.



Laws A.N. and A. Joern.  2015.  Predator-prey interactions are context dependent in a grassland plant – grasshopper – wolf spider food chain.  Environmental Entomology.  44(3): 519-528.

Ling, B., D.G. Goodin, R.L. Mohler, A.N. Laws, and A. Joern.  2014.  Estimating canopy nitrogen content in a heterogeneous grassland with varying fire and grazing treatments:  Konza Prairie, Kansas, USA.  Remote Sensing.  6: 4430-4453.

Laws A.N. and A. Joern.  2013.  Predator-prey interactions in a grassland food chain vary with temperature and food quality.  Oikos.  122(7): 977-986.  (Published online Oct. 2012).

Prather C.M., S. Pelini, A.N. Laws, E. Rivest, M. Woltz, C.P. Bloch, I. Del Torro, C.K. Ho, J. Kominoski, T.A.S. Newbold, S. Parsons.  2013.  A review of invertebrate influences on ecosystem services: The little things that run the world revisited.  Biological Reviews.  88(2): 327-348.  (Published online Dec. 2012).

Joern A. and A.N. Laws.  2013.  Ecological mechanisms underlying arthropod species diversity in grasslands.  Annual Review of Entomology. 58: 19-36.  (Published online July 2012).

Laws A.N. and A. Joern. 2012. Variable effects of dipteran parasitoids on grasshopper fecundity in a tallgrass prairie. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102(2):123-130.

Laws A.N. and A. Joern.  2011.  Grasshopper fecundity responses to grazing and fire in a tallgrass prairie.  Environmental Entomology.  40(5): 979-988.

Belovsky G.E., A.N. Laws, J.B. Slade.  2011.  Prey change behavior with predation threat, but demographic effects vary with prey density:  experiments with grasshoppers and birds.  Ecology Letters.  14(4): 335-340.

Laws A.N. and G.E. Belovsky.  2010.  How will species respond to climate change?  Examining the combined effects of temperature and population density on an herbivorous insect.  Environmental Entomology.  39(2): 312-319.

Laws A.N., T.C. Frauendorf, J.E. Gómez, and I.M. Fuentes.  2009.  Predators mediate the effects of a fungal pathogen on prey:  an experiment with grasshoppers, wolf spiders, and fungal pathogens. Ecological Entomology.  34(6): 702-708.

Laws A. N.  2009.  Density dependent reductions in grasshopper fecundity in response to nematode parasitism.  Canadian Entomologist.  141(4): 415-421.



Follow-up Grant from the LNO office of the LTER program to fund a workshop at Harvard Forest entitled “Invertebrate Impacts on Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: A Synthesis Using Insights from the LTER Network”. 2010.





Updated 11/2015