Scientific Publications

My list of publications and some photos to help tell their stories. Scroll down for my list of press releases from Vanderbilt University (updated 4/25/2023).

Santa-Martinez E, C de Castro, AJ Flick, M Sullivan, H Riday, MK Clayton, J Brunet. 2021. Patterns of pollen deposition for two grooming pollinators and implications for gene flow risk. American Journal of Botany, 108 (6): 1-13

Brunet J, AJ Flick, AA Bauer. Phenotypic selection on flower color and floral display size by three bee species. 2021. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11: 2244

Flick AJ, TA Coudron, BD Elderd. 2020. Intraguild predation decreases predator fitness with potentially varying effects on pathogen transmission in a herbivore host. Oecologia. (PDF. The final authenticated version is available online at:

Acevedo MA, FP Dillemuth, AJ Flick, MJ Faldyn, BD Elderd. 2019. Virulence-driven trade-offs in disease transmission: A meta-analysis. Evolution. 73(4): 636-647.

Allen WJ, LA Meyerson, AJ Flick, JT Cronin. 2018. Plant-soil feedbacks, spillover, and competition between native and invasive wetland plants. Ecology. 99(6): 1430-1440. (PDF from JT Cronin)

Van Allen BG, FP Dillemuth, AJ Flick, MJ Faldyn, DR Clark, VHW Rudolf, BD Elderd. 2017. Cannibalism and infectious disease: friends or foes? The American Naturalist. 190(3): 299-312. (PDF from University of British Columbia)

Flick AJ, MA Acevedo, BD Elderd. 2016. The Negative Effects of Pathogen-Infected Prey on Predators: A Meta-analysis. Oikos. 125(11): 1554-1560. (Editor’s Choice) (PDF , SupplementalThe definitive version is available at

Ferro ML, AJ Flick. 2015. “Collection Bias” and the Importance of Natural History Collections in Species Habitat Modeling: A Case Study Using Thoracophorus costalis Erichson (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae), with a Critique of The Coleopterist’s Bulletin. 69 (3): 415-425. (PDF from ML Ferro)

Ferro ML, AJ Flick. 2014. “Advertising” Biodiversity to the Public: Designing Graphics to Encourage Active Discovery and Engagement. American Entomologist. 60 (2): 116-120. (PDF from ML Ferro)

Flick AJ, N Lee. 2011 Coexistence of Multi-allelic Polymorphism with Migration and Selection. Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 11: 1-4. (PDF #This is a very old paper, read with caution, and “peer review” was a bit loose)

Press Releases

In my role as scientific coordinator, I do less manuscript writing and more news briefs on the work of other talented researchers. Most press releases that I have written are included in Evolutionary Studies – the Magazine, which I began in Spring 2022.

  • Perspectives on AI-Generated Art in Science. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies – the Magazine.
  • Paleontology Graduate Student Uncovers Lessons from Microfossils of the Grand Canyon. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Trio of Vanderbilt Researchers Identify Variable Outcomes in Experimental Evolution. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • International Collaboration Uncovers Evolutionary History of Respiratory Virus in Argentina. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt Researchers find Evidence for Evolutionary Constraints on Immunity. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt Team finds Evolutionary Support for Induced Defenses. 4/7/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt researcher finds evidence for ant caste systems driven by chemo-sensing responses. 4/3/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Scott Edwards, expert on the evolution of biodiversity, to deliver J. T. Scopes Lecture. 3/20/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • New outreach partnership with Dismas House. 3/16/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Joan Strassmann, expert on the evolution of cooperation, to deliver Evolutionary Studies seminar. 2/19/23. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt-led Group Discovers Divergent Function in Convergent Evolution of Form. 2/22/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt Researcher Identifies Modes of Natural Selection in Understudied Human Populations. 2/16/23. Also available in Spanish. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt Anthropologist Discovers Lasting Effects from Disasters in Bangladesh. 1/26/23. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Richard Lenski, founder of the long-term evolution experiment, to deliver 2023 Darwin Day Lecture. 1/17/23. Research News VU website.
  • Ogden lab discovers new interactions between viruses during dual infections. 12/13/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt Graduate Student Parses Out Differences in Virulence across the Aspergillus Genus. 12/6/22. Research News VU website.
  • Fighting Misconceptions through Intentionally Designed Figures. 10/31/22. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt biologists discover genetic pathways linking the immune and circulatory systems of mosquitoes during infection. 9/7/2022. Research News VU website.
  • Associate professor Larisa DeSantis to give prestigious scientific talk in Ireland. 7/13/22. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt researchers bring paleoecology into the 21st century. 7/7/22. Vanderbilt News website.
  • “The Hunger Games: E. coli edition” demonstrates how mutualism and cooperative behavior shape species. 5/20/22. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt researchers develop new evolutionary approach for identifying proteins that functionally interact. 5/4/22. Research News VU website.
  • Nashville Earth Day Celebration at Centennial Park. 5/4/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt researchers suggest that complex bird songs might require large populations. 4/22/22. A&S news website.
  • Trainees of ESI receive high praise. 4/8/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt researchers use new method to target potentially undiscovered beneficial therapeutic chemicals. 4/5/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Medical researchers develop new methodology for molecular mechanisms of disease. 3/29/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • ESI group visits Coon Creek Science Center. 3/28/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Evolutionary Studies Initiative hosts Elisabeth Bik, top academic ethics sleuth, for virtual J.T. Scopes Lecture. 3/1/22. Research News VU website.
  • Literature researchers identify attitudes toward genetics across 100 years of film and television. 2/28/22. Research News VU website.
  • Researchers aim to define host-parasite interactions by modeling the effects of coinfection on community dynamics. 2/14/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Microbiologists collaborate on new interdisciplinary research program. 2/13/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Graduate student to study biological evolution in Malaysia through ESI grant. 2/11/22. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt astronomers discover exceedingly rare star. 2/11/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Patel Lab earns new grant to study evolutionary trade-offs between reproduction and aging. 2/4/22. Research News VU website.
  • Seven awards given in inaugural Evolutionary Studies Initiative pilot grant program. 1/24/22. Evolutionary Studies Initiative website.
  • Vanderbilt researchers combine paleontology and fluid physics to uncover Ediacaran nurseries. 1/7/22. Research News VU website.
  • Vanderbilt researcher outlines how whales’ sensory systems have evolved through imaging technology. 12/2/21. Research News VU website.
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