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 Justin Reeves

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Research Ecologist

High Plains Grasslands Research Station
8408 Hildreth Road
Cheyenne, Wy 82009

Phone: 307-772-2433 Ext. 103


Ph.D.       Ecology        Kent State University                          2010

B.A.         Biology         Western State College of Colorado     2006


Research Interests

Though my specific research interests are various, I enjoy interfacing basic and applied ecology by using data at multiple spatial, temporal, and ecological scales to answer important natural resource management questions. My current work with the ARS involves using long-term cattle production and weather data to elucidate the effects of climate change and variability on cattle production. One aim of this work is to develop decision support tools to help cattle producers optimize stocking rates based on climatic conditions, thereby minimizing enterprise risk. My prior research has focused on biological control of aquatic and wetland plants, along with phytophagous insect ecology and behavior. Whether on the level of an individual organism (e.g., behavior) or meta-analysis across systems, ecological and resource management questions can and should be examined at many scales. As such, this is a cohesive theme bridging the spectrum my work.


Reeves J. L. and J. D. Derner. 2015. Temperament does not affect steer weight gains on extensively managed semiarid rangeland. Rangelands, 37:186-190.

Reeves, J. L., J. D. Derner, M. A. Sanderson, S. L. Kronberg,J. R. Hendrickson, L. T. Vermeire, M. K. Petersen, and J. G. Irisarri. 2015 . Seasonal weather-related decision Making for cattle p roduction in the northern great plains. Rangelands 37:119-124, doi:10.1016/j.rala.2015.03.003

Reeves, J. L., D. M. Blumenthal, J. A. Kray, J. D. Derner. 2015. Increased seed consumption by biological control weevil tempers positive CO2 effect on invasive plant (Centaurea diffusa) fitness. Biological Control 84:36-43

Toledo D., M. Sanderson, H. Johnson, J.L. Reeves, J.D. Derner, L. Vermeire, J. Hendrickson. 2014. Evaluating plant biodiversity measurements and exotic species detection in National Resources Inventory Sampling protocols using examples from the Northern Great Plains of the USA. Ecological Indicators 46:149-155.

Fang, Q.X., A.A. Andales, J.D. Derner, L.R. Ahuja, L. Ma, P.N.S. Bartling, J.L. Reeves, Z. Qi. 2014. Modeling weather and stocking rate effects on forage and steer production in northern mixed-grass prairie. Agricultural Systems,

Reeves, J. L., J. D. Derner, M. A. Sanderson, J. R. Hendrickson, S. L. Kronberg, M. K. Petersen, and L. T. Vermeire. 2014. Seasonal weather influences on yearling beef steer production in C3-dominated Northern Great Plains rangeland.Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 183:110-117.

Reeves, J. L., J. D. Derner, M. A. Sanderson, M. K. Petersen, L. T. Vermeire, J. R. Hendrickson, and S. L. Kronberg. 2013. Temperature and precipitation affect steer weight gains differentially by stocking rate in northern mixed-grass prairie.Rangeland Ecology and Management 66:438-444.

Reeves, J. L., J. D. Derner, M. A. Sanderson, M. K. Petersen, L. T. Vermeire, J. R. Hendrickson, and S. L. Kronberg. 2013. Seasonal temperature and precipitation effects on cow-calf production in northern mixed-grass prairie.Livestock Science 155:355-363.

Derner, J. D., and J. Reeves. 2013. Lessons from long-term cattle weight gain data.Cow County 18

Derner, J., E. Kachergis, and J. Reeves. 2013 Rangeland Research Roundup: So what? Who cares?  Cow Country Spring 18-19.

Reeves, J. L., and P. D. Lorch. 2012. Biological control of invasive aquatic and wetland plants by arthropods: a meta-analysis of data from the last three decades.  BioControl 57:103-116.

Reeves, J. L. 2011. Vision should not be overlooked as an important sensory modality for finding host plants. Environmental Entomology 40:855-863.

Reeves, J. L., and P. D. Lorch. 2011. Visual active space of the milfoil weevil, Euhrychiopsis lecontei Dietz (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 24:264-273.

Reeves, J. L., and P. D. Lorch. 2009. Visual plant differentiation by the milfoil weevil, Euhrychiopsis lecontei Dietz (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).Journal of Insect Behavior  22:473-476.

Reeves, J. L., B. A. Foote, and P. D. Lorch. 2009. A method for growing legumes with and without root nodules for studying nodule-attacking Rivellia (Diptera: Platystomatidae).Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111:759-761.

Reeves, J. L., P. D. Lorch, and M. W. Kershner. 2009. Vision is important for plant location by the phytophagous aquatic specialist Euhrychiopsis lecontei Dietz (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Insect of Behavior  22:54-64.

Reeves, J. L., P. D. Lorch, M. W. Kershner, and M. A. Hilovsky. 2008. Biological control of Eurasian watermilfoil by Euhrychiopsis lecontei: assessing efficacy and timing of sampling.  Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 46:144-149.


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