Dr. Daniel Reuman

Daniel Reuman
  • Professor
  • Senior Scientist
  • Research Interests: Quantitative Ecology, Population and Community Ecology, Spatial and Landscape Ecology, Synchrony and Stability, Biodiversity and Coexistence

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The goal of my lab's research is to mechanistically understand and predict the consequences of human impacts such as global warming and habitat fragmentation on populations, communities, and ecosystems. We use mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches, and I collaborate widely with field and laboratory workers to explain observations and confront theory with data. Past work has examined systems including the Amazon, estuaries and lakes, soil, geothermally heated streams, marine systems, and experimental aquatic mesocosm and microbial systems, and has focussed at scales from local to global. Specific interests include: variation in and causes of food web and community structure; inference for mechanistic ecological models and prediction in ecology; metapopulation synchrony and its causes; historic patterns of habitat loss and their present-day consequences; climate warming, competition, and body size shifts in ectotherms; marine biodiversity and biogeography; climate change, demography, and extinction risk.

Research interests:

  • Dr. Reuman studies quantitative population, community, and landscape ecology.


Teaching interests:

  • quantitative ecology

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, T.L., Sheppard, L.W., Walter, J.A., Hendricks, S.P., Levine, T.L., White, D.S., Reuman, D.C.. 2019. The dependence of synchrony on timescale and geography in freshwater plankton. Limnology and Oceanography. 64: 483-502. doi: 10.1002/lno.11054.
  • Zhao., L., Sheppard, L.W., Reid, P.C., Walter, J.A., and Reuman, D.C.. 2019. Proximate determinants of Taylor’s law slopes. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 484-494. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12931.
  • Sheppard, L.W., Defriez, E.J., Reid, P.C., Reuman, D.C. 2019. Synchrony is more than its top-down and climatic parts: interacting Moran effects on phytoplankton in British seas. PloS Computational Biology 15: e1006744. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006744.
  • Walter, J.A., Sheppard, L.W., Venugopal, P.D., Reuman, D.C., Dively, G., Tooker, J.F., Johnson, D.M. 2019. Weather and regional crop composition variation drive spatial synchrony of lepidopteran agricultural pests. Ecological Entomology.  doi: 10.1111/een.12830.
  • Campbell, L.P., Reuman, D.C., Lutomiah, J., Peterson, A.T., Linthicum, K.J., Britch, S.C., Anyamba, A., and Sang, R. 2019. Predicting abundances of Aedes mcintoshi, a primary rift valley fever virus mosquito vector. PLoS One 14: e0226617. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226617.
  • Wang, S., Zhao, L., and Reuman, D.C. 2019.  tsvr: Timescale-specific variance ratio.  Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN).
  • Reuman, D. C., H. Gislason, C. Barnes, F. Melin, and S. Jennings.  In Press.  The marine diversity spectrum. Journal of Animal Ecology.  doi 10.1111/1365-2656.12194.  Available online early open access.
  • Desharnais, R.A., Reuman, D.C., Costantino, R.F., and Cohen, J.E.. 2018. Temporal scale of environmental correlations affects ecological synchrony. Ecology Letters 21: 1800-1811. doi: 10.1111/ele.13155.
  • Anderson, T.L., Walter, J.A., Levine, T.D., Hendricks, S.P., Johnston, K.L., D.S. White, D.S., Reuman, D.C. 2018. Using geography to infer the importance of dispersal for the synchrony of freshwater plankton. Oikos 127: 403-414. doi: 10.1111/oik.04705.
  • Adams, G. L., Jennings, S., and Reuman, D. C. 2017. Community management indicators can conflate divergent phenomena: two challenges and a decomposition-based solution. Journal of Applied Ecology 10.1111/1365-2664.12787. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12787
  • Anderson, T. L., Jonathan, W. A., T, L. D., S, H. P., D, J. S., D, W. S., and Reuman, D. C. 2017. Using geography to infer the importance of dispersal for the synchrony of freshwater plankton. Oikos 10.1111/oik.04705.
  • Bowes, R. E., Thorp, J. H., and Reuman, D. C. 2017. Multivariate metrics of niche space for use with diverse analytical techniques. Nature Scientific Reports 7: 41599. doi: 10.1038/srep41599
  • Sheppard, L.W., Reid, P.C., and Reuman, D. C. 2017. Rapid surrogate testing of wavelet coherences. European Physical Journal, Nonlinear and Biomedical Physics 5: 1. doi: 10.1051/epjnbp/2017000
  • Defriez, E. J., Reuman, D. C. 2017. A global geography of synchrony for marine phytoplankton. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 867-877. doi: 10.1111/geb.12594
  • Defriez, E. J., Reuman, D. C. 2017. A global geography of synchrony for terrestrial vegetation. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 878-888. doi: 10.1111/geb.12595
  • Walter, J.A., Sheppard, L.W., Anderson,T. L., Kastens, J. H., Bjørnstad, O.N., Liebhold, A., M., Reuman, D.C. 2017. The geography of synchrony. Ecology Letters 20; 801-814. doi: 10.1111/ele.12782
  • Reuman, D.C, Zhao, L., Sheppard, L. W.,Reid, P.C., Cohen, J.E.. 2017. Synchrony affects Taylor’s law in theory and data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 6788-6793. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1703593114
  • O’Gorman, E. J, Zhao, L., Pichler, D.E., Adams, G., Friberg, N., Rall, B.C., Seeney, A., Zhang, H., Reuman, D. C, Woodward, G. 2017. Unexpected changes in community size structure in a natural warming experiment. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/inclimate3368.
  • Signorile, L., Lurz, P., Wang, J., Reuman, D. C., and Carbone, C. 2016. Mixture or mosaic? Genetic patterns in UK grey squirrels support a human-mediated “long jump” invasion mechanism. Diversity and Distributions 10: 1111/ddi.12424.
  • Adams, G. L., Jennings, S., and Reuman, D. C. 2016. Community management indicators can conflate divergent phenomena: two challenges and a decomposition-based solution. Journal of Applied Ecology 10: 1111/1365-2664.12787.
  • Defriez, E., Sheppard, L., Reid, P. C., and Reuman, D. C. 2016. Climate-change-related regime shifts have altered spatial synchrony of plankton dynamics in the North Sea. Global Change Biology 10: 1111/gcb.13229.
  • Signorile, L., Reuman, D. C., Lurz, P., Bertolino, S., Carbone, C., and Wang, J. 2016. Using DNA profiling to investigate human-mediated translocations of invasive species. Biological Conservation 10: 1016/j.biocon.2015.12.026.
  • Signorile, L., J. Wang, D. C. Reuman, S. Bertolino, and P. Lurz. 2015.  How population genetics can contribute to the management of grey squirrel invasions in: Shuttleworth, C. P. Lurz & M. Hayward. Ecology, Conservation & Management in Europe. United Kingdom: European Squirrel Initiative.
  • Friman, V., L. Guzman, D. C. Reuman, T. Bell.  2015. Bacterial adaptation to sublethal antibiotic gradients can change the ecological properties of multitropic microbial communities.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20142920.
  • Sheppard, L., J. Bell, R. Harrington, and D. Reuman.  2015.  Changes in large-scale climate after spatial synchrony of aphid pests.  Nature Climate Change 10.1038/nclimate2881.
  • Yvon-Durocher, G. A. Allen, M. Cellamare, M. Dossena, K. Gaston, M. Leitao, J. Montoya, D. Reuman, G. Woodward, and M. Trimmer.  2015.  Five years of experimental warming increases the biodiversity and productivity of phytoplankton communities.  PLoS Biology 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002324.
  • A. L. Signorile*, J. Wang, P.W.W. Lurz, S. Bertolino, C. Carbone, and D. C. Reuman*.  2014.  Do founder size, genetic diversity and structure influence rates of expansion of North American grey squirrels in Europe?  Diversity and Distributions.  doi:  10.1111/ddi.12222.  Available online early open access.
  • D.C. Reuman, R.D. Holt, G. Yvon-Durocher. A metabolic perspective on competition and body-size reductions with warming. 2014. Journal of Animal Ecology 83, 59-69. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12064.
  • G.L. Adams, D.E. Pichler, E.J. Cox, E.J. O’Gorman, A. Seeney, G. Woodward, D.C. Reuman. 2013. Diatoms can be an important exception to temperature-size rules at species and community levels of organization. Global Change Biology 19, 3540-3552. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12285.
  • R.M. Ewers, R.K. Didham, W.D. Pearse, V. Lefebvre, I.M.D. Rosa, J.M.B. Carreiras, R.M. Lucas, D.C. Reuman. 2013. Using landscape history to predict biodiversity patterns in fragmented landcsapes. Ecology Letters 16, 1221-1233. doi: 10.1111/ele.12160.
  • L.N. Hudson, D.C. Reuman. A cure for the plague of parameters: constraining models of complex population dynamics with allometries. In press. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280, 20131901. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1901.
  • B. García-Carreras, D.C. Reuman. 2013. Are changes in the mean or variability of climate signals more important for long-term stochastic growth rate? PloS One 8, e63974, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063974.
  • L.N. Hudson, N.J.B. Isaac, D.C. Reuman. 2013. The relationship between body mass and field metabolic rate among individual birds and mammals. Journal of Animal Ecology 82, 1009-1020. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12086.
  • W.J. Sutherland,  R.P. Freckleton, H.C.J. Godfray, S.R. Beissinger, T. Benton, D.D. Cameron, Y. Carmel, D.A. Coomes, T. Coulson, M.C. Emmerson,  R.S. Hails, G.C. Hays, D.J. Hodgson, M.J. Hutchings, D. Johnson, J.P.G. Jones, M.J. Keeling, H. Kokko, W.E. Kunin, X. Lambin, O.T. Lewis, Y. Mahli, N. Mieszkowska, E.J. Milner-Gulland, K. Norris, A.B. Phillimore, D.W. Purves, J.M. Reid, D.C. Reuman, K. Thompson, J.M.J. Travis, L.A. Turnbull, D.A. Wardle, T. Wiegand. 2013. Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology 101, 58-67. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12025.
  • L.N. Hudson, R. Emmerson, G. Jenkins, K. Layer, M.E. Ledger, D. Pichler, M. Thompson, E. O’Gorman, G. Woodward, D.C. Reuman. 2013. Cheddar – analysis and visualization of ecological communities in R. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4, 99-104. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12005.
  • E.J. O’Gorman, D.E. Pichler, G. Adams, J.P. Benstead, H. Cohen, N. Craig, W.F. Cross, B.O.L. Demars, N. Friberg, G.M. Gíslason, R. Gudmundsdóttir, A. Hawczak, J.M. Hood, L.N. Hudson, L. Johansson, M. Johansson, J.R. Junker, A. Laurila, J.R. Manson, E. Mavromati, D. Nelson, J.S. Ólafsson, D.M. Perkins, O.L. Petchey, M. Plebani, D.C. Reuman, B.C. Rall, R. Stewart, M.S.A. Thompson, G. Woodward. 2012. Impacts of warming on the structure and functioning of aquatic communities: individual- to ecosystem-level responses. Advances in Ecological Research 47, 81-176. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-398315-2.00002-8.
  • O.R. Wearn, D.C. Reuman, R.M. Ewers. 2012. Extinction debt and windows of conservation opportunity in the Brazilian Amazon. Science 327, 228-232. doi: 10.1126/science.1219013.
  • G. Woodward, L.E. Brown, F. Edwards, L.N. Hudson, A.M. Milner, D.C. Reuman, M.E. Ledger. 2012. Climate change impacts in multispecies systems: Drought alters food web size structure in a field experiment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367, 2990-2997. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0245.
  • N. Bunnefeld, D.C. Reuman, D. Baines, E.J. Milner-Gulland. 2011. Impact of unintentional selective harvesting on the population dynamics of red grouse. Journal of Animal Ecology 80, 1258-1268. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01862.x.
  • B. García-Carreras, D.C. Reuman. 2011. An empirical link between the spectral colour of climate and the spectral colour of field populations in the context of climate change. Journal of Animal Ecology 80, 1042-1048. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01833.x.
  • G. Yvon-Durocher, J. Reiss, J. Blanchard, B. Ebenman, D. Perkins, D.C. Reuman, A. Thierry, G. Woodward, O. Petchey. 2011. Across-ecosystem comparisons of size-structure: Methods, approaches, and prospects. Oikos 120, 550-563. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18863.x.
  • G. Woodward, J.P. Benstead, O.S. Beveridge, J. Blanchard, T. Brey, L. Brown, W.F. Cross, N. Friberg, T.C. Ings, U. Jacob, S. Jennings, M.E. Ledger, A.M. Milner, J.M. Montoya, E. O’Gorman, J.M. Olesen, O.L. Petchey, D.E. Pichler, D.C. Reuman, M.S. Thompson, F.J.F. van Veen, G. Yvon-Durocher. 2010. Ecological networks in a changing climate. Advances in Ecological Research 42, 71-138. doi: 10.1016/S0065-2504(10)42002-4.
  • U. Görtz, T.J. Haines, R.E. Kottwitz, D.C. Reuman. 2010. Affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties in affine flag varieties. Compositio Mathematica 146, 1339-1382. doi: 10.1112/S0010437X10004823.
  • C. Barnes, D. Maxwell, D.C. Reuman, S. Jennings. 2010. Global patterns in predator-prey size relationships reveal size-dependency of trophic transfer efficiency. Ecology 91, 222-232. doi: 10.1890/08-2061.1.
  • J.E. Cohen, D.N. Schittler, D. Raffaelli, D.C. Reuman. 2009. Food webs are more than the sum of their tri-trophic parts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, 22335-22340. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0910582106.
  • E. Nicholson, G.M. Mace, P.R. Armsworth, G. Atkinson, S. Buckle, T. Clements, R.M. Ewers, J.E. Fa, T.A. Gardner, J. Gibbons, R. Grenyer, R. Metcalfe, S. Mourato, M. Muûls, D. Osborn, L. Peck, D.C. Reuman, C. Watson, E.J. Milner-Gulland. 2009. Priority research areas for ecosystem services in a changing world. Journal of Applied Ecology 46, 1139-1144. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01716.x.
  • M. Boots, D. Childs, D.C. Reuman, M. Mealor. 2009. Local interactions lead to pathogen driven change to host population dynamics. Current Biology 19, 1660-1664. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2009.07.070.
  • D.C. Reuman, C. Mulder, C. Banašek-Richter, M.-F. Cattin Blandenier, A.M. Breure, H.A. Den Hollander, J.M. Kneitel, D. Raffaelli, G. Woodward, J.E. Cohen. 2009. Allometry of body size and abundance in 166 food webs. Advances in Ecological Research 41, 1-44. doi: 10.1016/S0065-2504(09)00401-2.
  • D.C. Reuman, J.E. Cohen, C. Mulder. 2009. Human and environmental factors influence soil food webs’ abundance-mass allometry and structure. Advances in Ecological Research 41, 45-85. doi: 10.1016/S0065-2504(09)00402-4.
  • J.E. Cohen, M. Roig, D.C. Reuman, C. GoGwilt. 2008. International migration beyond gravity: a statistical model for use in population projections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:40, 15269-15274. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0808185105.
  • D.C. Reuman, C. Mulder, D. Raffaelli, J.E. Cohen. 2008. Three allometric relations of population density to body mass: Theoretical integration and empirical tests in 149 food webs. Ecology Letters 11, 1216-1228. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01236.x.
  • D.C. Reuman, R.F. Costantino, R.A. Desharnais, J.E. Cohen. 2008. Colour of environmental noise affects the nonlinear dynamics of cycling, stage-structured populations. Ecology Letters 11, 820-830. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01194.x.
  • D.C. Reuman, R.A. Desharnais, R.F. Costantino, O. Ahmad, J.E. Cohen. 2006. Power spectra reveal the influence of stochasticity on nonlinear population dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103:49, 18860-18865. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0608571103.
  • U. Brose, T. Jonsson, E.L. Berlow, P. Warren, C. Banašek-Richter, L.-F. Bersier, J.L. Blanchard, T. Brey, S.R. Carpenter, M.-F. Cattin Blandenier, L. Cushing, H.A. Dawah, T. Dell, F. Edwards, S. Harper-Smith, U. Jacob, M.E. Ledger, N.D. Martinez, J. Memmott, K. Mintenbeck, J.K. Pinnegar, B. C. Rall, T. Rayner, D.C. Reuman, L. Ruess, W. Ulrich, R.J. Williams, G. Woodward, J.E. Cohen. 2006. Consumer-resource body-size relationships in natural food webs. Ecology 87:10, 2411-2417. doi: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[2411:CBRINF]2.0.CO;2.
  • U. Görtz, T.J. Haines, R.E. Kottwitz, D.C. Reuman. 2006. Dimensions of some affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties. Annales Scientifiques de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure 39:3, 467-511. doi : 10.1016/j.ansens.2005.12.004.
  • D.C. Reuman, J. E. Cohen. 2005. Estimating relative energy fluxes using the food web, species abundance, and body size. Advances in Ecological Research 36, 137-182.
  • D.C. Reuman, J.E. Cohen. 2004. Trophic links' length and slope in the Tuesday Lake food web with species’ body mass and numerical abundance. Journal of Animal Ecology 73, 852-866. doi: 10.1111/j.0021-8790.2004.00856.x.
  • D.C. Reuman. 2004. Formulas for the dimensions of some affine Deligne-Lusztig varieties. Michigan Mathematical Journal 52:2, 435-451. doi: 10.1307/mmj/1091112084.