I am interest in ecosystem services provided by insects. While my interests are broad, my research can primarily been about biological control of agricultural and urban pests. Biological control is a vitally important ecosystem service, but it can require extensive knowledge to manage and fully utilize it. I am particularly interested in developing and testing metrics that can be used by farmers and gardeners to easily assess the potential for and the efficacy of biological control. Additionally I am interested in researching and testing habitat modifications to improve biological in both agricultural and urban settings. Biological control research is only useful if it reaches the people who can use it. To further this goal, I engage in many outreach activities and research presentations.
Mace, K.C., and Mills, N.J. 2015. Response of walnut aphid populations to increasing foliar nitrogen content. Agricultural and Forest Entomology doi:10.1111/afe.12103
Ponisio, L.C., M'Gonigle, L.K., Mace, K.C., Palomino, J., de Valpine, P., and Kremen, C. 2015. Diversification practices reduce organic to conventional yield gap. Proceedings B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1396
Singer, M.S. Mace, K.C., and Bernays, E.A. 2009. Self-medication as adaptive plasticity: Increased ingestion of plant toxins by parasitized caterpillars. PLoS One 4(3): e4796. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004796
Kevi C. Mace and Nicholas J. Mills. 2014. Predator to Prey Ratio: A Good Way to Judge Biological Control in the Field? 62nd Annual Entomology Society of America Meeting.
Kevi C. Mace and Nicholas J. Mills. 2014. Natural enemy evenness in biological control in organic and conventional walnut orchards in California. Pacific Branch Entomology Society of America Meeting.
Kevi C. Mace and Nicholas J. Mills. 2013. Natural enemy evenness in biological control in organic and conventional walnut orchards in California. 61st Annual Entomology Society of America Meeting.
Kevi C. Mace and Nicholas J. Mills. 2012. Walnut aphid (Chromaphis juglandicola) population growth tied to foliar nitrogen in walnuts. 60th Annual Entomology Society of America Meeting.
Kevi C. Mace and Michael S. Singer. 2008. Adaptive plasticity in the use of plant secondary chemicals: A wooly bear caterpillar self-medicates. 93rd Annual ESA Meeting.
Peri A. Mason, Kevi C. Mace, and Michael S. Singer. 2008. Ecological determinants of polyphagy by an insect herbivore (Hyphantria cunea, Arctiidae). 93rd Annual ESA Meeting.