Staff Profile
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B.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Biology, 1969)/ Ph.D., Georgetown University (Ecology, 1993) Research interest in insect ecology, animal-plant interactions, mangrove ecology


  • Doughty, Cheryl L., Cavanaugh, Kyle C., Hall, Carlton R., Feller, Ilka C. and Chapman, Samantha K. (2017). Impacts of mangrove encroachment and mosquito impoundment management on coastal protection services. Hydrobiologia, , 1-16.
  • Griffen, Blaine D., Riley, Megan E., Cannizzo, Zachary J. and Feller, Ilka C. (2017). Indirect effects of ecosystem engineering combine with consumer behavior to determine the spatial distribution of herbivory. The Journal of Animal Ecology,
  • Hamilton, John F., Osman, Richard W. and Feller, Ilka C. (2017). Modeling local effects on propagule movement and the potential expansion of mangroves and associated fauna: testing in a sub-tropical lagoon. Hydrobiologia,
  • Lovelock, Catherine E., Feller, Ilka C., Reef, Ruth, Hickey, Sharyn and Ball, Marilyn C. (2017). Mangrove dieback during fluctuating sea levels. Scientific Reports, 7 (1)
  • Coldren, G. A., Barreto, C. R., Wykoff, D. D., Morrissey, E. M., Langley, J. Adam, Feller, Ilka C. and Chapman, S. K. (2016). Chronic warming stimulates growth of marsh grasses more than mangroves in a coastal wetland ecotone. Ecology, 97 (11) , 3167-3175.
  • Dangremond, Emily M. and Feller, Ilka C. (2016). Precocious reproduction increases at the leading edge of a mangrove range expansion. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (14) , 5087-5092.
  • Doughty, Cheryl L., Langley, J. Adam, Walker, Wayne S., Feller, Ilka C., Schaub, Ronald and Chapman, Samantha K. (2016). Mangrove Range Expansion Rapidly Increases Coastal Wetland Carbon Storage. Estuaries and Coasts, 39 (2) , 385-396.
  • Rodriguez, Wilfrid, Feller, Ilka C. and Cavanaugh, Kyle C. (2016). Spatio-temporal changes of a mangrove–saltmarsh ecotone in the northeastern coast of Florida, USA. Global Ecology and Conservation, 7 , 245-261.
  • Simpson, L. t., Osborne, T. z. and Feller, Ilka C. (2016). Establishment and Biomass Allocation of Black and Red Mangroves: Response to Propagule Flotation Duration and Seedling Light Availability. Journal of Coastal Research,
  • Cavanaugh, Kyle C., Parker, John D., Cook-Patton, Susan, Feller, Ilka C., Park Williams, A. and Kellner, James R. (2015). Integrating physiological threshold experiments with climate modeling to project mangrove species’ range expansion. Global Change Biology, 21 (5) , 1928-1938.
  • Dangremond, Emily M., Feller, Ilka C. and Sousa, Wayne P. (2015). Environmental tolerances of rare and common mangroves along light and salinity gradients . Oecologia, 179 (4) , 1187-1198.
  • Feller, Ilka C., Dangremond, Emily Margaret, Devlin, Donna J., Lovelock, Catherine E., Proffitt, C. Edward and Rodriguez, Wilfrid. (2015). Nutrient enrichment intensifies hurricane impact in scrub mangrove ecosystems in the Indian River Lagoon, FL USA. Ecology, 96 (11) , 2960-2972.
  • Keuskamp, Joost A., Feller, Ilka C., Laanbroek, Hendrikus J., Verhoeven, Jos T. A. and Hefting, Mariet M. (2015). Short- and long-term effects of nutrient enrichment on microbial exoenzyme activity in mangrove peat. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 81 , 38-47.
  • Keuskamp, Joost A., Hefting, Mariet M., Dingemans, Bas J. J., Verhoeven, Jos T. A. and Feller, Ilka C. (2015). Effects of nutrient enrichment on mangrove leaf litter decomposition. Science of The Total Environment, 508 , 402-410.
  • Lovelock, Catherine E., Simpson, Lorae T., Duckett, Lisa J. and Feller, Ilka C. (2015). Carbon Budgets for Caribbean Mangrove Forests of Varying Structure and with Phosphorus Enrichment. Forests, 6 (10) , 3528-3546.