Libby Ellwood, PhD

Libby is broadly interested in the effects of climate change on plant and animal phenology. By studying how the phenology, or the timing of natural events, has changed over time and relative to abiotic variables, she attempts to better understand the dynamic relationship between organisms and their environment. This approach requires uncovering scarce historic phenological records, such as those housed in museum collections, and pairing them with contemporary observations to form long time series. The work of citizen scientists is playing an increasingly large role in this process – from aiding in the discovery of old records, to providing current observations – and supporting these efforts is the focus of her current research with iDigBio and Florida State University. Ultimately, she aims to address current issues in climate change ecology and inform conservation decisions through experimental and field investigations that employ a diversity of robust tools and creative methods.

Status: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Education and Employment History: 

B.S. Marine Biology, University of Rhode Island, 2000
M.S. Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Maine, 2007
Ph.D. Biology, Boston University, 2012

Contact info: 

Department of Biological Science
319 Stadium Drive
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295
U.S.A.

Currently based in Los Angeles, CA
eellwood@bio.fsu.edu

Selected Publications

Ellwood, E., G. Nelson, H. L. Bart, Jr., M. H. Doosey, D. Jue, J. Mann, N. Rios, and A. R. Mast. 2016.

Mapping life—quality assessment of novice vs. expert georeferencers.

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 1 1-12
Ellwood, E.R., B. Dunckel, P. Flemons, R. Guralnick, G. Nelson, G. Newman, S. Newman, D. Paul, G. Riccardi, N. Rios, K. C. Seltmann and A. R. Mast. 2015.

Accelerating digitization of biodiversity research specimens through online public participation.

BioScience, 65
Ellwood, E. R., T. Lloyd-Evans, A. Gallinat, and R. Primack. 2014.

Autumn migration of North American landbirds.

Invited author – Studies in Avian Biology, special volume: Phenological synchrony of North American bird migration with seasonal resources in a changing climate. In Press.
Everill, P. H., R. B. Primack, E. R. Ellwood and E. K. Melaas. 2014.

Determining past leaf-out times of New England’s deciduous forests from herbarium specimens.

American Journal of Botany 8: 1293–1300.
Panchen, Z. A., R. B Primack, B. Nordt, E. R. Ellwood, A.‐D. Stevens, S. S. Renner, C. G. Willis, R. Fahey, A. Whittemore, Y. Du, and C. C. Davis 2014

Leaf out times of temperate woody plants are related to phylogeny, deciduousness, growth habit and wood anatomy.

New Phytologist 203: 1208–1219.
Ellwood, E. R., R. B. Primack, C. Polgar and S. Playfair. 2013.

Cranberry flowering times and climate change in Southern Massachusetts.

International Journal of Biometeorology 58: 1693–7.
Ellwood, E. R., S. Temple, R. B. Primack, and C. C. Davis. 2013.

Record-breaking early flowering in the eastern United States.

PLoS ONE 8(1): e53788.
Ellwood, E. R., J. M. Diez, I. I. Ibáñez, R. B. Primack, H. Kobori, H. Higuchi, and J. Silander. 2012.

Disentangling the paradox of insect phenology: are temporal trends reflecting the response to warming? 

Oecologia 168: 1161–1171.