Powdermill Nature Reserve

John Wenzel, Director

John WenzelWenzelJ@carnegiemnh.org
Powdermill Nature Reserve
1847 Route 381
Rector, PA 15677

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Research Interests 

  • Phylogenetic methods
  • Evolution of complex behavior in insects
  • Social insect biology

Representative Publications (82 total, Hirsch Index 22 on Google Scholar)

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  • Wenzel, J. W., and J. W. Whitacre. 2012. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Pennsylvania Unconventional Natural Gas Wells Geodatabase. http://www.carnegiemnh.org/powdermill/gis-wells.html.
  • Bucheli, S.R., S. Passoa, and J. W. Wenzel. 2010 (2011). A phylogenetic test of Ehrlich and Raven’s theory of escape and radiation in insects that feed on toxic plants, based on Nearctic Depressaria moths (Gelechioidea: Elachistidae: Depressariinae), with a discussion of the evolution of genitalia. Entomologica Americana 116: 1-24.
  • Caesar, R. M., and J. W. Wenzel. 2009. A Phylogenetic Test of Classical Species Groups in Argia (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Entomologica Americana 115: 97-108.
  • Raczkowski, J. R. and J. W. Wenzel. 2007. Biodiversity studies and their foundation in taxonomic scholarship. Bio Science 57: 974-979.
  • Naug, D., and J. Wenzel. 2006. Constraints on foraging success due to resource ecology limit colony productivity in social insects. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60: 62-68.
  • Wenzel, J. W., and G. M. Luque. 2008. Parsimony cluster analysis in successional ecology. Cladistics 24: 746-757.
  • Gilligan, T., and J. W. Wenzel. 2008. Extreme intraspecific variation in Hystrichophora genitalia: Questioning the lock-and-key hypothesis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Annales Zoologici Fennici 45: 465-477.
  • Song, H., and J. W. Wenzel. 2008. Phylogeny of bird-grasshopper subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae (Orthoptera: Acrididae) and the evolution of locust phase polyphenism. Cladistics 24: 515- 542.
  • Bucheli, S.R., D. Horn, and J. W. Wenzel. 2006. Biodiversity of Gelechioidea (microlepidoptera): Sampling to assess a re-established Appalachian forest in Ohio based on gelechioid moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 503-516.
  • Branham, M.A. and J.W. Wenzel. 2003. The Origin of Photic Behavior and the Evolution of Sexual Communication in Fireflies (Coleoptera: Elateroidea). Cladistics 19: 1-22.