Jonathan (Jonno) Morris is a PhD Candidate in the Ecosystem Science and Management track at SEAS. Before beginning his PhD, he completed a master’s in Conservation Ecology and conducted field research in Mexico, Peru, Panama, and Ann Arbor. Jonno’s doctoral research focuses on the community ecology of natural pest control in agroecosystems. His research is driven primarily by two questions: First, how do complex communities of natural enemies regulate pests? Second, how does agricultural management impact that ecology? He has investigated these questions primarily by chasing around ants in the coffee farms of southern Mexico. He also uses ecological theory to model pest control community dynamics with the aim of understanding how more realistic levels of diversity, interaction complexity, and spatial components of the agricultural landscape impact pest control function.
MS, Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 2016
BS, Environmental Science, University of Florida, 2010
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Morris, J.R., I. Perfecto. (2022). An aggressive non-consumptive effect mediates pest control and multi-predator interactions in a coffee agroecosystem. Ecological Applications. In Press.
Jimenez-Soto, E.*, J.R. Morris*, S. Philpott, D. Letourneau. (2019). Vegetation Connectivity Increases Ant Activity and Potential for Ant-provided Biocontrol Services in a Tropical Agroforest. Biotropica, 51: 50-61. *Co-first authors. Link
Morris, J.R., E. Jimenez-Soto, S. Philpott, I. Perfecto. (2018). Ant-mediated (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) biological control of the coffee berry borer: diversity, ecological complexity, and conservation biocontrol. Myrmecological News, 26: 1-17. Link
Morris, J.R. (2021). How persistent student organizing forced one of the largest public universities to divest from fossil. Waging Nonviolence. Link