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Carol Frost, PhD, MSc, BSc

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

I study how anthropogenic disturbances such as land management activities, invasive species, and pollution (including fertilizers and pesticides) impact biodiversity and species interactions, and how these changes to biotic communities in turn affect ecosystem processes, such as nutrient and energy flow through food webs, organic matter decomposition, plant pollination, and seed dispersal. My particular focus is on arthropods and their direct and indirect interactions, and in particular, taxa whose direct interactions with other species can be feasibly detected and quantified, such as plant-caterpillar-parasitoid interactions, plant-aphid-parasitoid interactions, spider-parasitoid interactions, ant-plant interactions, plant-gall-inquiline interactions, bee/wasp-parasitoid interactions, and plant-pollinator interactions.


Education

2014 PhD in Ecology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

2009 MSc in Entomology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

2006 BSc in Animal Biology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada



Research

Publications

Peralta, G., Frost, C.M., and Didham, R.K. 2018. Plant, herbivore and parasitoid community composition in native Nothofagaceae forests vs. exotic pine plantations. Journal of Applied Ecology (Online early).

Peralta, G., Frost, C.M., Didham, R.K., Rand, T.A., and Tylianakis, J.M. 2017. Non-random food-web assembly at habitat edges increases connectivity and functional redundancy. Ecology 98: 995-1005.

Frost, C.M., Peralta, G., Rand, T.A., Didham, R.K., Varsani, A., and Tylianakis, J.M. 2016. Apparent competition drives community-wide parasitism rates and changes in host abundance across ecosystem boundaries. Nature Communications 7:12644 doi: 10.1038/ncomms12644.

Rohr, R.P., Saavedra, S., Peralta, G., Frost, C.M., Bersier, L-F., Bascompte, J., and Tylianakis, J.M. 2016. Persist of produce: a community trade-off tuned by species evenness. American Naturalist 188: 411-422.

Frost, C.M., Didham, R.K., Rand, T.A., Peralta, G., and Tylianakis, J.M. 2015. Community-level net spillover of natural enemies from managed to natural forest. Ecology 96: 193-202.

Peralta, G., Frost, C.M., Didham, R.K., Varsani, A., and Tylianakis, J.M. 2015. Phylogenetic diversity and coevolutionary signals among trophic levels change across a habitat edge. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 364-372.

Peralta, G., Frost, C.M., Rand, T.A., Didham, R.K. and Tylianakis, J.M. 2014. Complementarity and redundancy of interactions enhance attack rates and spatial stability in host-parasitoid food webs. Ecology 95: 1888-1896.

Frost, C.M., Graham, A.K., and Spence, J.R. 2013. Abiotic conditions rather than resource availability cues determine aerial dispersal behaviour in spiderlings of Dolomedes triton (Araneae: Pisauridae). Canadian Entomologist 145: 29-39.