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Elsa Youngsteadt

Assistant Professor

Extension Leader

DCL 234



PhD, Entomology, NC State University (2008)

Research Interests

Effects of urbanization, climate change, and other anthropogenic changes on populations, communities, interactions, and ecosystem services; plant-insect interactions.

Extension and Outreach Interests

Urban biodiversity and pollinator conservation; Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes conference

Selected publications

Youngsteadt, E., R. E. Irwin, A. Fowler, M. A. Bertone, S. J. Giacomini, M. Kunz, D. Suiter, and C. E. Sorenson. 2018. Venus flytrap rarely traps its pollinators. American Naturalist 191: 539-546.

Terando, A. J., E. Youngsteadt, E. K. Meineke, and S. G. Prado. 2017. Ad hoc instrumentation methods in ecological studies produce highly biased temperature measurements. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3499

Hamblin, A. L.†, Youngsteadt, E.†, López-Uribe, M. M., and Frank, S. D. 2017. Physiological thermal limits predict differential responses of bees to urban heat-island effects. Biology Letters 13:20170125. †Contributed equally.

Youngsteadt, E., Ernst, A. F., Dunn, R. R., and Frank, S. D. 2016. Responses of arthropod populations to warming depend on latitude: evidence from urban heat islands. Global Change Biology 23:1436-1447.

Youngsteadt, E., Henderson, R. C., Savage, A. M., Ernst, A. F., Dunn, R. R., and Frank, S. D. 2015. Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods. Global Change Biology.

Youngsteadt, E., Dale, A. G., Terando, A. J., Dunn, R. R., and Frank, S. D. 2015. Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming. Global Change Biology 21:97-105.


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