* = student authors


Forister, M. L., Fordyce, J. A., Nice, C. C., Thorne, J. H., Waetjen, D. P. and A. M. Shapiro. 2018. Impacts of a millennium drought on butterfly faunal dynamics. Climate Change Responses 5:3  forister18

Lucas, L. K., C. C. Nice and Z. Gompert. Genetic constraints on wing pattern variation in Lycaeides butterflies: A case study on mapping complex, multifaceted traits in structured populations. Molecular Ecology Resources In press.

Chaturvedi*, S., L. K. Lucas, C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister, Z. Gompert. The predictability of genomic changes underlying a recent host shift in Melissa blue butterflies. Molecular Ecology In press.

Sung*, C-J., K.L. Bell*, C.C. Nice, N.H. Martin. 2018. Integrating Bayesian genomic cline analyses and association mapping of morphological and ecological traits to dissect reproductive isolation and introgression in a Louisiana Iris hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 27(4):959-978. sung16


Worsham*, M. L. D., E. P. Julius, C. C. Nice, P. H. Diaz, D. G. Huffman. 2017. Ge ographic Isolation Facilitates the Evolution of Reproductive Isolation and Morphological Divergence. Ecology and Evolution 7 (23), 10278-10288 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3474.

Bell*, K. L., C. A. Hamm, A. M. Shapiro, C. C. Nice. 2017. Sympatric, temporally isolated populations of the pine white butterfly Neophasia menapia, are morphologically and genetically differentiated. PLoS One 12(5): e0176989


Forister, M. L., B. Cousens, J. G. Harrison, K. Anderson, J. H. Thorne, D. Waetjen, C. C. Nice, M. De Parsia, M. L. Hadik, R. Meese, H. van Vliet, and A. M. Shapiro. 2016. Increasing neonicotinoid use and the declining butterfly fauna of lowland California. Biology Letters 12: 20160475. forister16

Glassmire*, A. E., C. S. Jeffrey, M. L. Forister, T. L. Parchman, C. C. Nice, J. P. Jahner, J. S. Wilson, T. R. Walla, L. A. Richards, A. M. Smilanich, M. D. Leonard, C. R. Morrison, Wi. Simbaa, L.A. Salagaje, C. C. Dodson, J. S. Miller, E. J. Tepe, S. Villamarin- Cortez and L. A. Dyer. 2016. Intraspecific phytochemical variation shapes community and population structure for specialist caterpillars. New Phytologist 212:208-219. glassmire16  (see commentary by Kessler: kessler16_commentary).

Hulsey, C. D., K. L. Bell*, F. J.. Garcia-de-Leon, C. C. Nice, and A. Meyer. 2016. Do relaxed selection and habitat temperature facilitate biased mitogenomic introgression in a narrowly endemic fish? Ecology and Evolution 6(11) 3684-3698. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2121 hulsey16

Espeset*, A. E., J. G. Harrison*, A. M. Shapiro, C. C. Nice, J. H. Thorne, D. P. Waetjen, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister. 2016. Understanding a migratory species in a changing world: climatic effects and demographic declines in the western monarch revealed by four decades of intensive monitoring. Oecologia.181: 819-830. espeset16

Fordyce, J. A., C. C. Nice, C. A. Hamm, and M. L. Forister. 2016. Quantifying diet breadth through ordination of host association. Ecology 97(4):842-849. fordyce16

Lucas* L. K., Z. Gompert, J. R. Gibson, K. L. Bell*, C. A. Buerkle, and C. C. Nice. 2016. Pervasive gene flow across critical habitat for four narrowly endemic, sympatric taxa. Freshwater Biology. lucas16_earlyView

Harrison*, J. G., Z. Gompert, J. A. Fordyce, C. A. Buerkle, R. Grinstead, J. P. Jahner, S. Mikel, C. C. Nice, A. Santamaria, and M. L. Forister. 2016. The many dimensions of diet breadth: phytochemical, genetic, behavioral, and physiological perspectives on the interaction between a native herbivore and an exotic host. PLoS One 11(2): e0147971. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147971. harrison16 harrison16_SI


Jahner, J. P., M. L. Forister, C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, J. S. Wilson, D. D. Murphy, Z. H. Marion, and A. M. Shapiro. Regional population differentiation in a morphologically- diverse, elevationally-widespread Nearctic skipper, Polites sabuleti. J. Biogeography 42:1787-1799.

Gompert, Z., J. P. Jahner*, C. F. Scholl*, J. S. Wilson, L. K. Lucas*, V. Soria-Carrasco, J. A. Fordyce, C. C. Nice, C. A. Buerkle, and M. L. Forister. 2015. The evolution of novel host use is not constrained by tradeoffs or a lack of genetic variation. Molecular Ecology 24: 2777-2793. gompert15 gompert15_supp

Harrison*, J. G., A. M. Shapiro, A. E. Espeset*, C. C. Nice, J. P. Jahner*, and M. L. Foris- ter. 2015. Species with more volatile population dynamics are differentially impacted by weather. Biology Letters 11: 20140792. harrison15   harrison15_supp1


Gompert, Z., L. K. Lucas*, C. A. Buerkle, M. L. Forister, J. A. Fordyce, and C. C. Nice. 2014. Admixture and the organization of genetic diversity in a butterfly species complex revealed through common and rare genetic variants. Molecular Ecology 23: 4555-4573.  gompert14   gompert14_suppInfo (See perspective by N. Nadeau  nadeau14.)

Nice, C. C., M. L. Forister, Z. Gompert, J. A. Fordyce, and A. M. Shapiro. 2014. A hierarchical perspective on the diversity of butterfly species’ responses to weather in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Ecology 95(8): 2155-2168. nice14 nice14_appendix-A nice14_appendix-B nice14_appendix-C

Hamm, C. A., C. A. Handley*, A. Pike, M. L. Forister, J. A. Fordyce, Z. Gompert, and C. C. Nice. 2014. High prevalance of Wolbachia infection among threatened and endangered Lepidoptera. J. Insect Science 14:6. Available online: hamm14


Wilson, J. S., S. Sneck, D. D. Murphy, C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, and M. L. Forister. 2013. Complex evolutionary history of the pallid dotted-blue butterfly (Lycaenidae: Euphilotes pallescens in the Great Basin of North America. J. Biogeography 40: 2059-2070. Wilson_13

Gompert, Z., L. K. Lucas*, C. C. Nice, and C. A. Buerkle. 2013. Genome divergence and the genetic architecture of barriers to gene flow between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa. Evolution 67: 2498-2514. [Invited Paper: Special Section: Genome Evolution during Speciation] gompert13b  gompert13b_supp

Alberici da Barbiano*, L., A., Z. Gompert, A. S. Aspbury, C. R. Gabor and C. C. Nice. 2013. Population genomics reveals a possible history of backcrossing and recombination in the gynogenetic fish Poecilia formosa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 13797-13802. alberici13 alberici13_SI

Gompert, Z. L. K. Lucas*, C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, C. A. Buerkle, M. L. Forister. 2013. Geographically variable, multifarious phenotypic divergence during the speciation process. Ecology and Evolution 3:595-613. gompert13

Forister, M. L., C. F. Scholl*, J. P. Jahner*, J. S. Wilson, J. A. Fordyce, Z. Gompert, D. Narala, C. A. Buerkle, and C. C. Nice. 2013. Specificity, rank preference and the colonization of a non-native host plant by the Melissa blue butterfly. Oecologia 172:177- 188. forister13

Nice, C. C., Z. Gompert, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister, L. K. Lucas*, and C. A. Buerkle. 2013. Repeated hybrid speciation in alpine butterflies. Evolution 67:1055-1068. nice13 nice13SUPP

Ethridge*, J. Z., J. R. Gibson, and C. C. Nice. 2013. Cryptic diversity within and among spring-associated Stygobromus amphipods (Amphipoda: Crangonyctidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 167: 227-242. ethridge13

Downey*, M. H. and C. C. Nice. 2013. A role for both ecology and geography as mechanisms of reproductive isolation in specialized butterflies. Evolutionary Ecology 27:565-578. downey13


DiMarco*, R. D., C. C. Nice, and J. A. Fordyce. 2012. Family matters: effect of host plant variation in chemical and mechanical defenses on a sequestering specialist herbivore. Oecologia 170:687-693. dimarco12

Scholl*, C. F., C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, Z. Gompert, and M. L. Forister. 2012. Larval performance in the context of ecological diversification and speciation in Lycaeides butterflies. International Journal of Ecology Vol 2012, Article ID 242154, doi:10.1155/2012/242154. scholl12

Gompert, Z., L. K. Lucas*, C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister, and C. A. Buerkle. 2012. Genomic regions with a history of divergent selection affect fitness of hybrids between two butterfly species. Evolution 66:2167-2181. gompert12 gompert12_suppMat


Fordyce, J. A., Gompert, Z., Forister, M. L. and C. C. Nice. 2011. A hierarchical Bayesian approach to ecological count data: a flexible tool for ecologists. PLOS One 6(11): e26785. fordyce11 fordyce11_supp

Gabor, C. R., A. S. Aspbury, J. Ma*, and C. C. Nice. 2011. The role of androgens in sperm production and species recognition in Atlantic mollies (Peocilia mexicana). Physiology and Behavior 105:885-892. gabor11

Alberici da Barbiano*, L., A. S.Aspbury, C. C. Nice, and C. R. Gabor. 2011. The impact of social context on male mate preference in a unisexual-bisexual mating complex. Journal of Fish Biology 79:194-204. alberici11

Downey*, M. H. and C. C. Nice. 2011. Experimental evidence of hostrace formation in Mitoura butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Oikos 120:1165-1174. downey11

Forister, M L., Z. Gompert, J. A. Fordyce, and C. C. Nice. 2011. After sixty years, an answer to the question: what is the Karner blue butterfly? Biology Letters 7:399-402. forister11 forsiter11SUPP


Forister, M. L, Z. Gompert, C. C. Nice, G. W. Forister, and J. A. Fordyce. 2010. Ant association facilitates the evolution of diet breath in a lycaenid butterfly. Proc. Royal Soc. B. 228: 1539-1547. forister10

Gompert, Z., Lucas, L. K., Fordyce, J. A., Forister, M. L., and C.C. Nice. 2010. Sec- ondary contact between Lycaeides idas and L. melissa in the Rocky Mountains: extensive introgression and a patchy hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 19:3171-3192. gompert10b gompert10bSUPP

Gompert, Z., M.L. Forister, J. A. Fordyce, C. C. Nice, R. Williamson, and C. A. Buerkle. 2010. Bayesian analysis of molecular variance in pyrosequences quantifies population genetic structure across the genome in Lycaeides butterflies. Molecular Ecology 19:2455- 2473. gompert10 gompert10SUPP  (See perspective by K. Holsinger holsinger10.)

Fordyce, J. A., R. D. DiMarco*, B. A. Blankenship, C. C. Nice. 2010. Host plant tri- chomes and the advantage of being big: progeny size variation of the pipevine swallowtail. Ecological Entomology 35:104-107. fordyce10


Nice, C. C., Z. Gompert, M. L. Forister, and J. A. Fordyce. 2009. An unseen foe in arthropod conservation efforts: The case of Wolbachia infections in the Karner blue butterfly. Biological Conservation 142:3137-3146. nice09

Lucas*, L. K., J. N. Fries, C. R. Gabor and C. C. Nice. 2009. Genetic variation and structure in Eurycea nana, a federally threatened salamander endemic to the San Marcos springs. Journal of Herpetology 43(2):220-227. lucas09b

Lucas*, L. K., Z. Gompert, J. R. Ott and C. C. Nice. 2009. Geographic and genetic isolation in spring-associated Eurycea salamanders endemic to the Edwards Plateau region of Texas. Conservation Genetics 10:1309-1319. lucas09

Forister, M. L., C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, and Z. Gompert. 2009. Host range evolution is not driven by the optimization of larval performance: the case of Lycaeides melissa (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and the colonization of alfalfa. Oecologia 160:551-561. forister09


Gompert, Z., M.L. Forister, J.A. Fordyce and C.C. Nice. 2008. Widespread mito-nuclear discordance with evidence for introgressive hybridization and selective sweeps in Lycaeides. Molecular Ecology17:5231-5244. gompert08

Gompert*, Z., J.A. Fordyce, M.L. Forister, and C.C. Nice. 2008. Recent colonization and radiation of North American Lycaeides (Plebejus) inferred from mtDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48:481-490. gompert08b

Fordyce, J. A., M. L. Forister, C. C. Nice, J. M. Burns, and A. M. Shapiro. 2008. Patterns of genetic variation between the checkered skippers Pyrgus communis / P. albescens (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Annals Entomological Society America 101(4): 794-800. fordyce08b

Fordyce, J. A. and C. C. Nice. 2008. Antagonistic, stage-specific selection on defensive chemical sequestration in a toxic butterfly. Evolution 62:1610-1617. fordyce08

Lucas*, L., J. A. Fordyce and C. C. Nice. 2008. Patterns of genitalic morphology around suture zones in North American Lycaeides (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae): Implications for taxonomy and historical biogeography. Annals Entomological Society America 101:172- 180. lucas08

Forister, M L., C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, Z. Gompert* and A. M. Shapiro. 2008. Considering evolutionary processes in the use of single-locus genetic data for conservation, with examples from the Lepidoptera. Journal of Insect Conservation 12:37-51. forister08


Gompert*, Z, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister, A. M. Shapiro and C. C. Nice. 2006. Homoploid hybrid speciation in an extreme habitat. Science 314:1923-1925. gompert06 gompert06_SOM

Crutsinger*, G. M., M. D. Collins, J. A. Fordyce, Z. Gompert*, C. C. Nice, and N. J. Sanders. 2006. Plant genotypic diversity predicts community structure and governs an ecosystem process. Science 313:966-968. crutsinger06 crutsinger06SOM

Forister, M L., J. A. Fordyce, C. C. Nice, Z. Gompert* and A. M. Shapiro. 2006. Egg morphology varies among populations and habitats along a suture zone in the Lycaeides idas-melissa species complex (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Annals Entomological Society America 99(5): 933-937. forister06

Fordyce, J. A., C. C. Nice and A. M. Shapiro. 2006. A novel trade-off of insect diapause involving a sequestered chemical defense. Oecologia 149:101-106. fordyce06

Lutz-Carillo*, D. J., C. C. Nice, T. H. Bonner, M. R. J. Forstner and L. Fries. 2006. Admixture analysis of Florida Bass and Largemouth Bass using microsatellite loci. Trans- actions of the American Fisheries Society 135: 779-791. lutz-carillo06

Gompert*, Z., C. C. Nice, J. A. Fordyce, M. L. Forister and A. M. Shapiro. 2006. Identifying units for conservation using molecular taxonomy: the cautionary tale of the Karner blue butterfly. Molecular Ecology 15: 1759-1768. gompert06b

Nice, C. C. and J. A. Fordyce. 2006. How caterpillars avoid overheating: behavioral and phenotypic plasticity of pipevine swallowtail larvae. Oecologia 146:541-548. nice06


Reilly*, S. M., R. W. Manning, C. C. Nice and M. R. J. Forstner. 2005. Systematics of isolated populations of short-tailed shrews (Soricidae: Blarina) in Texas. J. Mammalogy 86(5):887-894. reilly05

Nice, C. C., N. Anthony, G. Gelembiuk, D. Raterman and R. ffrench-Constant. 2005. The history and geography of diversification within the butterfly genus Lycaeides in North America. Molecular Ecology 14:1741-1754. nice05 nice05SUPP


Gabor, C. R. and C. C. Nice. 2004. Genetic variation among populations of eastern newts, Notophthalmus viridescens : a preliminary analysis based on allozymes. Herpetologica 60(3):373-386. gabor04

Fordyce, J. A. and C. C. Nice. 2004. Geographic variation in clutch size and a realized benefit of aggregative feeding. Evolution 58(2):447-450. fordyce04


Fordyce, J. A. and C. C. Nice. 2003. Contemporary patterns in a historical context: phylogeographic history of the pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor. Evolution 57(5):1089- 1099. fordyce03a

Fordyce, J. A. and C. C. Nice. 2003. Variation in butterfly egg adhesion: adaptation to local host plant senescence characteristics? Ecology Letters 6:23-27. fordyce03b


Nice, C. C., J. A. Fordyce, A. M. Shapiro, and R. ffrench-Constant. 2002. Lack of evidence for reproductive isolation among ecologically specialized lycaenid butterflies. Ecological Entomology 27:702-712. nice02

Fordyce, J. A., C. C. Nice, M. L. Forister and A. M. Shapiro. 2002. The significance of wing pattern diversity in the Lycaenidae: mate discrimination by two recently diverged species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15:871-879. fordyce02


Anthony, N., G. Gelembiuk, D. Raterman, C. Nice, and R. ffrench-Constant, 2001. Iso- lation and characterization of microsatellite markers from the endangered Karner blue butterfly Lycaeides melissa samuelis (Lepidoptera). Hereditas 134(3): 271-273. anthony01

Nice, C. C. and A. M. Shapiro, 2001. Patterns of morphological, biochemical and molecular evolution in the Oeneis chryxus complex (Lepidoptera: Satyridae): a test of historical biogeographical hypotheses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 20: 111-123.  nice01a

Nice, C. C. and A. M. Shapiro, 2001. Population genetic evidence of restricted gene flow between host races in the butterfly genus Mitoura (Lepidoptera Lycaenidae). Annals Entomological Society America 94: 257-267. nice01b


Nice, C. C. and A. M. Shapiro, 1999. Molecular and morphological divergence in the butterfly genus Lycaeides (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in North America: evidence of recent speciation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 12:927-935. nice99


Nice, C. C. and R. W. VanBuskirk, 1997. The butterflies of Mt. Ashland: surveys along the Siskiyou Crest. p. 146-157. Proceedings of the First Siskiyou Ecology Conference. The Siskiyou Regional Education Project (Invited paper).