Elise Larsen (she/her/they)

Role: Post-doctoral Associate
Status: Current
Current Affiliation: Georgetown University
Current Email: eal109@georgetown.edu
Start year: 2013
Ecology, population dynamics, phenology, disturbance. I am fascinated by butterfly dynamics, currently focusing on how species traits mediate timing and abundance patterns. I'm broadly interested in animal responses to environmental change at the population level and how those responses vary in relation to individual and population traits. I've worked primarily with birds and butterflies. I work mostly with community science platforms reporting surveys (Pollardbase, Discover Life) and opportunistic observations (iNaturalist, eButterfly).



Larsen, E., Shirey, V. In Press. Method matters: pitfalls in analyzing phenology from occurrence records. Ecology Letters


Belitz, M.W., E.A.Larsen*, L.Ries and R.P. Guralnick. 2020. The accuracy of phenology estimators for use with sparsely sampled presence-only observations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11:1273–1285


Abarca, M., E.A. Larsen, and L. Ries. (2019). Heatwaves and Novel Host Consumption Increase Overwinter Mortality of an Imperiled Wetland Butterfly. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7: 193. doi: 10.3389/fevo.


Abarca, M., E. Larsen, J.T. Lill, M. Weiss, E. Lind, L. Ries. 2018. Inclusion of host quality data improves predictions of herbivore phenology. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 166 (8), 648-660


Thorson, J.T., J.N. Ianelli, E.A. Larsen, L. Ries, M.D. Scheuerell, C. Szuwalski, and E.F. Zipkin. 2016. Joint dynamic species distribution models: a tool for community ordination and spatio‐temporal monitoring. Global Ecology and Biogeography.