UCF Biology

David G. Jenkins

Research Area(s): Ecological community structure and function, especially the interplay between regional (dispersal, colonization, invasion, community assembly, etc.) and local (competition, predation, abiotic factors) processes.


We call ourselves the d3 lab because our diverse interests can be lumped into studies of diversity, dispersal, and distributions. Dispersal is central but hard to study for many organisms, and often requires a broad perspective of time and space. So we often combine ecological and biogeographical approaches to infer the role of dispersal processes from patterns. This is mere inference, so it helps to evaluate multiple species and conduct experiments. Doing so means we also study diversity. Because broad scales require multiple sites, we also study distributions. We select study systems best suited to the research question at hand. This flexibility is challenging (we’ve researched bacteria, seeds, microcrustaceans, insects, fish, lizards and trees) but keeps us learning anew. The many geographically-isolated wetlands in Florida are a convenient study system, and we have often worked in those.


  • Boughton EH, PF Quintana-Ascencio, P Bohlen, JE Fauth, and DG Jenkins. 2015. Interactive effects of pasture management intensity, release from grazing, and prescribed fire on forty subtropical wetland plant assemblages. J. Applied Ecology.
  • Medley, KA, EH Boughton, DG Jenkins, PF Quintana-Ascencio, P Bohlen, and JE Fauth. 2015. Land-use intensity alters local and regional influences of community assembly among multiple taxonomic groups. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 212:207-244.
  • Kelly, SL, H Song and DG Jenkins. 2015. Land management practices interactively affect wetland beetle ecological and phylogenetic community structure. Ecol. Applications 25:891-900.
  • Jenkins, DG. 2015. Estimating ecological production from biomass. EcoSphere 6:49.
  • Medley, KA, DG Jenkins and EA Hoffman. 2015. Human-aided and natural dispersal drive gene flow across the range of an invasive mosquito. Molec. Ecol. 24:284-295.
  • Jenkins, DG. 2014. Lakes and rivers as microcosms, v. 2.0. J. Limnology. 797.
  • McCauley, LA, DG Jenkins and PF Quintana-Ascencio. 2013. Isolated wetland loss and degradation over two decades in an increasingly urbanized landscape. Wetlands 33:117-127.
  • McCauley, LA, DG Jenkins and PF Quintana-Ascencio. 2013. Reproductive failure of a long-lived wetland tree in urban lands and managed forests. J. Applied Ecology 50:25-33.
  • Jenkins, DG and RE Ricklefs. 2011. Biogeography and ecology: two views of one world. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B 366:2331-2335.
  • Ricklefs, RE and DG Jenkins. 2011. Biogeography and ecology: toward the integration of two disciplines. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 366:2438-2448.
  • Jenkins, DG and RE Ricklefs. 2011. Biogeography and ecology: two lenses in one telescope. Frontiers of Biogeography 3:3-5.
  • Jenkins, DG. 2011. Ranked species occupancy curves reveal common patterns among diverse metacommunities. Global Ecology & Biogeography 20:486-497.
  • Jenkins, DG, KA Medley and RB Franklin. 2011. Microbes as tests of biogeographical principles. Chapter 15 in D Fontaneto (ed.), Biogeography of microscopic organisms. Is everything small everywhere? Cambridge University Press.