Research Area(s)

Dr. King’s primary interests are in community ecology, invasion biology, social insects, and conservation science aimed at understanding the ecosystem services of insects.


In my lab we study community assembly and species invasions at multiple scales in the context of natural and human-altered landscapes.  One of the overarching themes of the research program is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that drive species invasions associated with land-use changes.  In so doing, we hope to improve our understanding of the consequences of land-use change and how events such as species invasions can be prevented or their impacts can be diminished.  To accomplish all of this, we use experiments and comparative approaches to better understand the ecology of one of the most abundant groups of organisms on earth, the insects.