My research broadly explores the impact of human activity on the physiology,development and behavior in insect model systems. My current research explores the environmental implications of urbanization and climate change, particularly as they relate to insect development, immune function and insect-microbial interactions. Additionally, my involvement in interdisciplinary collaborations has allowed me to explore broad research areas including the microbial ecology associated with humans and their implication for human health.
Grants/Projects Since 2009
National Science Foundation, Dimensions of Biodiversity Workforce REU-Broadening Participation Supplement, 2015. Award: $20,000
National Science Foundation, Dimensions of Biodiversity Workforce REU-Broadening Participation Supplement, 2014. Award: $20,000
Publications Since 2009
Li, H., Li, T., Beasley, D.E., Hedĕnec, P., Xiao, Z. et. al. (2016). Diet diversity is associated with beta but not alpha diversity of pika gut microbiota. Front. Microbiol. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01169. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389%2Ffmicb.2016.01169
Beasley, D.E., Koltz, A.M., Lambert, J.E., Fierer, N. and Dunn, R.R. (2015). The evolution of stomach acidity and its relevance to human microbiome. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134116.
Beasley, D.E., Bonisoli-Alquati, A. and Mousseau, T.A. (2013). The use of fluctuating asymmetry as a measure of environmentally induced developmental instability: A meta-analysis. Ecological Indicators. 30: 218-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.02.024
Beasley, D.E., Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Welch, S.M., Møller, A.P. and Mousseau, T.A. (2012). Effects of parental radiation exposure on developmental instability in grasshoppers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25(6): 1149-1162. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02502.x/full
Beasley, D.E., Benson, E.P., Welch, S.M., Reid, L.S. and Mousseau, T.A. (2012). The use of citizen scientists to record and map 13-Year periodical cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada) in South Carolina. Florida Entomologist. 95(2): 486-488.http://dx.doi.org/10.1653/024.095.0236