Selected Publications


Boggs, C.L., Watt, W.B. and Ehrlich, P.R., eds 2003. Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. University of Chicago Press.

Selected journal articles & book chapters by general subject area:
Resource allocation & life history;
foraging biology;
mating behavior & nuptial gifts;
population demography & dynamics;

I. Resource allocation & life history:
Bonebrake, T.C., Boggs, C.L., McNally, J., Ranganathan, J., and Ehrlich, P.R. 2010. Oviposition behavior and offspring performance: Consequences of climatic and habitat heterogeneity. Oikos 119:927-934.

Boggs, C.L. 2009. Understanding insect life histories and senescence through a resource allocation lens. Functional Ecology 23:27-37.

Molleman, F., Ding, J., Boggs, C.L., Carey, J.R., Arlet, M.E. 2009. Does dietary restriction reduce life span in male fruit-feeding butterflies? Experimental Gerontology 44:601-606.

Jervis, M.A., Ferns, P.N., and Boggs, C.L. 2007. A trade-off between female lifespan and larval diet breadth at the interspecific level in Lepidoptera. Evolutionary Ecology 21:307-323.

Jervis, M.A., Boggs, C.L. and Ferns, P.N. 2007. Egg maturation strategy and survival trade-offs in holometabolous insects: a comparative approach. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 90:293-302.

Jervis, M.A., Boggs, C.L. and P.N. Ferns 2005. Egg maturation strategy and its associated trade-offs: a synthesis focusing on Lepidoptera. Ecological Entomology 30:1-17.

Boggs, C.L. and Freeman, K.D. 2005. Larval food limitation in butterflies: effects on adult resource allocation and fitness. Oecologia 144:353-361.

Jervis, M.A. and Boggs, C.L. 2005. Linking nectar amino acids to fitness in female butterflies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:585-587.

Stjernholm, F., Karlsson, B. and Boggs, C.L. 2005. Age-related changes in thoracic mass: Possible reallocation of resources to reproduction in butterflies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86:363-380.

O’Brien, D.M., Boggs, C.L. and Fogel, M.L.. 2005. The amino acids used in reproduction by butterflies: a comparative study of dietary sources using compound specific stable isotope analysis. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 78:819-827.

O’Brien, D.M, Boggs, C.L., and Fogel, M.L. 2004. Making eggs from nectar: Connections between butterfly life history and the importance of nectar carbon in reproduction. Oikos 105:279-291.

Fischer, K., O’Brien, D.M., and Boggs, C.L. 2004. Allocation of larval and adult resources to reproduction in a fruit-feeding butterfly. Functional Ecology 18:656-663.

O’Brien, D.M, Boggs, C.L. and Fogel, M.L. 2003. Pollen feeding in the butterfly Heliconius charitonia: isotopic evidence for essential amino acid transfer from pollen to eggs. Proceedings of the Royal Society London 270:2631-2636.

Boggs, C.L. 2003. Environmental variation, life histories, and allocation. In Boggs, C.L., Watt, W.B. and Ehrlich, P.R., eds., Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. University of Chicago Press. pp. 185-206.

O’Brien, D.M., Fogel, M.L., and Boggs, C.L. 2002. Renewable and non-renewable resources: The role of amino acid turnover in allocation to reproduction in Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 99:4413-4418.

Boggs, C.L. 1997. Reproductive allocation from reserves and income in butterfly species with differing adult diets. Ecology 78:181-191.

Boggs, C.L. 1997. Dynamics of reproductive allocation from juvenile and adult feeding: radiotracer studies. Ecology 78:192-202.

Boggs, C.L. and Ross, C.L. 1993. The effect of adult food limitation on life history traits in Speyeria mormonia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Ecology 74:433-441.

Boggs, C.L. 1992. Resource allocation: exploring connections between foraging and life history strategies. Functional Ecology 6:508-518.

Boggs, C.L. 1986. Reproductive strategies of female butterflies: Variation in and constraints on fecundity. Ecological Entomology 11:7-15.

Springer, P. and Boggs, C.L. 1986. Resource allocation to oocytes: heritable variation with altitude in Colias philodice eriphyle (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). American Naturalist 127:252-256.

Boggs, C.L. 1981. Nutritional and life history determinants of resource allocation in holometabolous insects. American Naturalist 117:692-709.

Dunlap-Pianka, H., Boggs, C.L., and Gilbert, L.E. 1977. Ovarian dynamics in heliconiine butterflies: Programmed senescence versus eternal youth. Science 197:487-490.

II. Foraging biology:
Eberhard, S.H., Hikl, A.L., Boggs, C.L., Krenn, H.W. 2009. Saliva or regurgitated nectar? What Heliconius butterflies use for pollen feeding. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, in press.

Boggs, C.L., and Dau, B. 2004. Resource specialization in puddling Lepidoptera. Environmental Entomology 33:1020-1024.

Sculley, C.E. and Boggs, C.L. 1996. Mating systems and sexual division of foraging effort affect puddling behavior by butterflies. Ecological Entomology 21:193-197.

Boggs, C.L. and Jackson, L.A. 1991. Mud puddling by butterflies is not a simple matter. Ecological Entomology 16:123-127.

Boggs, C.L. 1988. Rates of nectar feeding in butterflies: effects of sex, size, age and sugar concentration. Functional Ecology 2:289-295.

Boggs, C.L. 1987. Ecology of nectar and pollen feeding in Lepidoptera. in: Slansky, Jr., F. and Rodriguez, J.G. (eds), Nutritional ecology of insects, mites and spiders and related Invertebrates. John Wiley & Sons, New York. pp. 369-391.

Boggs, C.L., Smiley, J.T., and Gilbert, L.E. 1981b. Patterns of pollen exploitation by Heliconius butterflies. Oecologia 48:284-289.

III. Mating behavior & nuptial gifts:
Ellers, J., and Boggs, C.L. 2004. Functional ecological implications of intraspecific differences in wing melanization in Colias butterflies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 82:79-87.

Ellers, J., and Boggs, C.L. 2004. Evolutionary genetics of dorsal wing color in Colias butterflies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17:752-758.

Ellers, J., and Boggs, C.L. 2003. The evolution of wing color: Male mate choice opposes adaptive wing color divergence in Colias butterflies. Evolution 57:1100-1106.

Ellers, J. and Boggs, C.L. 2002. Evolution of wing color in Colias butterflies: heritability, sex-linkage, and population divergence. Evolution 56:836-840.

Boggs, C.L. 1995. Male nuptial gifts: Phenotypic consequences and evolutionary implications. in Leather, S.R. & J. Hardie, eds., Insect Reproduction. CRC Press. pp. 215-242. (pdf).

Boggs, C.L. 1990. A general model of the role of male-donated nutrients in female insects' reproduction. American Naturalist 136:598-617.

Boggs, C.L. 1981. Selection pressures affecting male nutrient investment at mating in heliconiine butterflies. Evolution 35:931-940.

Boggs, C.L. and Watt, W.B. 1981. Population structure of pierid butterflies IV. Genetic and physiological investment in offspring by male Colias. Oecologia 50:320-324.

Boggs, C.L. and Gilbert, L.E. 1979. Male contribution to egg production in butterflies: Evidence for transfer of nutrients at mating. Science 206:83-84.

IV. Population demography, structure & dynamics:
McCoy, R.C., Garud, N.R., Kelley, J.L., Boggs, C.L. and Petrov, D.A. 2014. Genomic inference accurately predicts the timing and severity of a recent bottleneck in a non-model insect population. Molecular Ecology 23:136-150.

Nakajima, M., Boggs, C.L., Chew, F.S., Cummings, A., Bowsher, J. 2014. Dynamics and structure of a native Pieris population in the presence of a non-native, toxic larval host plant. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, in press.

Nakajima, M., Boggs, C.L., Bailey, S.-A., Reithel, J. and Paape, T. 2013. Fitness costs of butterfly oviposition on a lethal non-native plant in a mixed native and non-native plant community. Oecologia 172:823-832.

Boggs, C.L. and Inouye, D.W.  2012. A single climate driver has direct and indirect effects on population dynamics. Ecology Letters 15:502-508.  (selected by Faculty of 1000 as “must read”)

Bonebrake, T.C., Christensen, J., Boggs, C.L. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2010. Population decline assessment, historical baselines, and conservation. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263x.2010.00139.x

Morris, W.F., et al. 2008. Longevity can buffer plant and animal populations against changing climatic uncertainty. Ecology 89:19-25.

Boggs, C.L., et al. 2006. Delayed population explosion of an introduced butterfly. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:466-475.

Boyce, M.S., et al. 2006. Demography in an increasingly variable world. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 21:141-147.

Hellmann, J.J., et al. 2003. Testing short-term hypotheses with a long-term study of a butterfly population. Ecological Entomology 28:74-84.

McLaughlin, J.F., Hellmann, J., Boggs, C.L. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2002. Climate change hastens population extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 99: 6070-6074.

McLaughlin, J.F., Hellmann, J., Boggs, C.L. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2002. The route to extinction: population dynamics of a threatened butterfly. Oecologia 132:538-548.

Cushman, J.H., Boggs, C.L., Weiss, S.B., Murphy, D.D., Harvey, A.W. and Ehrlich, P.R. 1994. Estimating female reproductive success of a threatened butterfly: Influence of emergence time and hostplant phenology. Oecologia 99:194-200.

Boggs, C.L. 1987. Within population variation in the demography of Speyeria mormonia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Holarctic Ecology 10:175-184.

V. Other, including general conservation:
Bonebrake, T.C., Watt, W.B., Perez, A. and Boggs, C.L. 2011.  One variable species or multiple cryptic? Mitochondrial phylogeny of Central and North American Chlosyne lacinia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). European Journal of Entomology 108:529-535.

Bonebrake, T.C., Navratil, R.T., Boggs, C.L., Fendorf, S., Field, C., and Ehrlich, P.R. 2011b. Native and non-native community assembly through edaphic manipulation: implications for habitat creation and restoration. Restoration Ecology 19:709-716.

Bonebrake, T.C., Ponisio, L., Boggs, C.L. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2010. More than just indicators: A review of tropical butterfly ecology and conservation. Biological Conservation doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.044

Boggs, C.L. and Ehrlich P.R. 2007. Conservation of coevolved insect herbivores and plants. In K.J. Tilmon, ed. Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation: the Evolutionary Biology of Herbivorous Insects. University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 325-332.

Chan, K.M.A., et al. 2007. When Agendas Collide: Human Welfare and Biological Conservation. Conservation Biology 21:59-68.

Boggs, C.L. and Nieminen, M. 2004. Checkerspot reproductive biology. In Ehrlich, P.R. and Hanksi, I., eds., On the Wings of Checkerspots: A Model System for Population Biology. Oxford University Press. pp. 92-111.

Sacchari, I., Boggs, C.L., Hanski, I. and Ehrlich, P.R. 2004. Genetics of checkerspot populations. In Ehrlich, P.R. and Hanksi, I., eds., On the Wings of Checkerspots: A Model System for Population Biology. Oxford University Press. pp. 199-218.

Horner-Devine, M.C., Daily, G.C., Ehrlich, P.R. and Boggs, C.L. 2003. Countryside biogeography of tropical butterflies. Conservation Biology 17:168-177.

Watt, W.B. and Boggs, C.L. 2003. Butterflies as model systems in ecology and evolution: Present and future. In Boggs, C.L., Watt, W.B. and Ehrlich, P.R., eds., Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. University of Chicago Press. pp. 603-613.

Boggs, C.L. and Murphy, D.D. 1997. Community composition in mountain ecosystems: climatic determinants of montane butterfly distributions. Global Ecology & Biogeography Letters 6:39-48.

updated 6 April 2014