Appointments and Projects

Matthew P. Ayres

Department of Biological Sciences
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755

Present Appointments

Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
Chair, Dartmouth Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society
Associate Director, Institute of Arctic Studies in Dickey Center for International Understanding
Visiting Professor and Research Collaborator, Sustainable Forest Management, Universidade de Santiago de Compostele

Prior Appointments

August T Larsson Guest Researcher, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala 2013-2015.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2000-2008.
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1993 - 2000/
USDA Forest Service, Research Entomologist, Southern Research Station 1992 - 1993.
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1992/
Alaska Biological Research, Fairbanks, Alaska, Biologist, 1986-1987, 1989-1990.
Fulbright Predoctoral Fellow, University of Turku, Finland, 1985/


Ph.D. Entomology, Michigan State University, 1991
M.S. Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1985
B.S. Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1983


Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Council, Dartmouth College (2004)

Professional Service

Member, Board of Editors: Ecological Applications (2004-  )
Member, Editorial Board, Population Ecology (2010- )
Invited contributor to 2013 National Assessment of Climate Change

Referee: American Naturalist, Annales Zoologici Fennici, Bioscience, Canadian Entomologist, Canadian Journal of Botany, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Climatic Change, Ecography, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Modeling, Ecoscience, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Environmental Entomology, European Journal of Entomology, Field Crops Research, Forest Science, Functional Ecology, Global Change Biology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Journal of Economic Entomology, Journal of Insect Behavior, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Integrated Pest Management Reviews, Landscape Ecology, Mycologia, New Phytologist, Oecologia, Oikos, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Science, Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, Southwestern Naturalist, Symbiosis, Tree Physiology

Panel member: National Science Foundation
Ad hoc reviewer: NSF, USDA NRICGP, NASA, Italian Science Foundation, Czech Science Foundation, U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), National Geographic Society, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Norwegian Centres of Excellence, Earthwatch, Swiss National Science Foundation
Subject Editor: Oikos (2006-2012)
External Reviewer, European Union Project: Biodiversity and Climate Change, A Risk Analysis (BACCARA)
Member, Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change
, IUFRO / United Nations, 2008-2010
Workshop on Climate change and Agricultural Trade, sponsored by STDF and World Bank Research Group.  Resulting briefing note.
Invited contributor
to first National Assessment of Climate Change

Project Group Member

European wood wasp (Sirex noctilio) ,Sandy Liebhold, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV, USA. . Juan Corley, Ecología de Insectos, INTA EEA Bariloche, 8400 Bariloche, Argentina. Mike Wingfield, Bernard Slippers, Brett Hurley, Jeff Garnas, Dept. of Zoology and Entomology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa.  María (Fina) Lombardero, Departamento de Producción Vegetal, Universidad de Santiago, Lugo, Spain.  Darcy Nelson, US Forest Service International Programs, Washington DC.

Powell Working Group: Predicting the next high-impact insect invasion: Elucidating traits and factors determining the risk of introduced herbivorous insects on North American native plants. Principal investigators: Kathryn A Thomas, USGS Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership; Travis D. Marsico, Arkansas State University; Daniel A. Herms, Ohio State University; Patrick C. Tobin, University of Washington.

Joint Science Education Project. Through a grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, the National Science Foundation supports two opportunities for US high school students to travel to the polar regions and participate in hands-on and inquiry-based science activities. The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) takes students to Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) takes students to Antarctica.

CLINF: Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies. Project Leader: Birgitta Evengard, Umeå University,

Ecology and epidemiology of forest pests and pathogens, Insects, diseases, and Invasive Plants, Southern Research Station, Pineville, Lousiana (Brian. Sullivan, Doug Streett, Brian Strom);

Adaptive management of the pinewood nematode. Carla Pimentel, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, LIsbon, Portugal. Doug Streett, Insects, diseases, and Invasive Plants, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service. María (Fina) Lombardero, Departamento de Producción Vegetal, Universidad de Santiago, Lugo, Spain.

Other Dartmouth Service

Co-chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program (2002-2011, 2013-2015). 
Member, Management Team for Second College Grant (2005- )