Education and Background
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2005-2011
M.Sc. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2004-2005
Licenciatura in Biology (B.S. equivalent)–Cum laude– Universidaddel Valle de Guatemala (UVG),1996-2001
General: Population and community ecology, agro-ecology, biodiversity, conservation, food webs, insect ecology, landscape ecology
I am interested in the links between biodiversity and agriculture. Specifically, I study how arthropod biodiversity affects and is affected by local and landscape-level agricultural practices. Currently, I am investigating the effects of landscape conversion to biofuel crop production on ecosystem services like pollination and pest control.
Reading, watching movies, camping, rock-climbing
- Liere, H. and A. Larsen. 2010. Cascading trait-mediation: disruption of a trait- mediated mutualism by parasite-induced behavioral modification. Oikos 119: 1394–1400.
- Vandermeer, J., I.Perfecto, H. Liere. 2009. Evidence for effective hyperparasitism on the coffee rust, Hemileiavastatrix, by the insect pathogen, Lecanicilliumlecanii through a complex ecological web. Plant Pathology 58: 636 – 641
- Liere, H. andI.Perfecto. 2008. Cheating on a mutualism: indirect benefits of ant attendance to a coccidophagous ladybird beetle. Environmental Entomology 37: 143-159.
- Vandermeer, J., H. Liere and B. Lin. 2006. Effects of predation pressure on species packing on a resource gradient: insights from nonlinear dynamics. Theoretical Population Biology 69: 395-408.