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I am a lecturer at the Bio-Protection research centre at Lincoln University in New Zealand. My current work uses approaches from community ecology and evolutionary theory to determine the large-scale impact of interactions among species. My interests split approximately 50% theory and 50% natural history with a soft spot for plant-insect interactions and coevolution. 
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34. Godsoe, W., Jankowski, J., Holt, R. D., & Gravel, D. (2017). Integrating Biogeography with Contemporary Niche Theory. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

33. Urban MC, Bocedi G, Hendry AP, Mihoub JB, Pe’er G, Singer A, Bridle JR, Crozier LG, De Meester L, Godsoe W, Gonzalez A. et al. Improving the forecast for biodiversity under climate change. Science. 2016 Sep 9;353(6304):aad8466.

33. Godsoe, W. Franklin, J. Blanchette, G. In Press. Effects of biotic interactions on modeled species’ distributions can be masked by environmental gradients. Ecology and Evolution.

31. Godsoe, W. Holland, NJ, Cosner, C. Kendall, B. E., Brett, A. Jankowski, J. and R, D. Holt. In Press. Interspecific interactions and range limits: contrasts among interaction types. Theoretical Ecology.

30. Nsor, Charles A., Hazel M. Chapman, and William Godsoe. "Does a Species’ Extinction–Proneness Predict Its Contribution to Nestedness? A Test Using a Sunbird-Tree Visitation Network." PloS one 12.1 (2017): e0170223.

29. Mohd, M. H., Murray, R., Plank, M. J., & Godsoe, W. (2017). Effects of biotic interactions and dispersal on the presence-absence of multiple species. Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 99, 185-194.

28. Kadowaki, K., Barbera, C.G., Godsoe, W., Delsuc, F. and Mouquet, N., 2016. Predicting biotic interactions and their variability in a changing environment. Biology letters, 12(5), p.20151073.

27. Mohd MH, Murray R, Plank MJ, Godsoe W. Effects of dispersal and stochasticity on the presence–absence of multiple species. Ecological Modelling. 2016 Dec 24;342:49-59.

26. Godsoe, W., and Case, B. S. 2015. Accounting for shifts in the frequency of suitable environments when testing for niche overlap. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6(1), 59-66.

25. Godsoe, W., Murray, R., & Plank, M. J. 2015. The effect of competition on species' distributions depends on coexistence, rather than scale alone. Ecography. 

(Editor’s choice for Nov 2015 featured on Ecography’s blog: )

24. Godsoe, W., Rua Murray, and Michael J. Plank. 2015. Information on biotic interactions improves transferability of distribution models. The American Naturalist 185.2: 281-290.

23. Kurenbach, B., Marjoshi, D., Amábile-Cuevas, C. F., Ferguson, G. C., Godsoe, W., Gibson, P., & Heinemann, J. A. 2015. Sublethal Exposure to Commercial Formulations of the Herbicides Dicamba, 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid, and Glyphosate Cause Changes in Antibiotic Susceptibility in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. mBio, 6(2), e00009-15.

Example of press coverage for this article:

22. Bewick, S., Chisholm, R., Akcay, E., and W. Godsoe, Effects of niche overlap on patterns of biodiversity in a stochastic community model. In press Theoretical Ecology. 81-109.

21. Godsoe, W. 2014. A missing link between comparisons of species distribution models and comparisons of species distributions. Ecography. 37: 130-136. 

20. Godsoe, W. 2014. Inferring the similarity of species distributions using Species’ Distribution Models. Ecography 37: 130-136, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00403.x.

19. Gamlen-Greene, R., Clemens, J., Morgenroth, J., Lechner, M., & Godsoe, W. 2014. When belowground rumbles: a plant’s interactions with antagonists are robust to earthquake-induced shifts in the below-ground environment. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 38(1),

18. Godsoe, W. Larson, M. A. Glennon, K. L. and Segraves, K. A. 2013 Polyploidization in Heuchera cylindrica (Saxifragaceae) did not result in a shift in climatic requirements. American Journal of Botany. 100, 496-508.

17. Yoder, J. B. Smith, C. I. Rowley, D. J. Flatz, R. Godsoe, W. Drummond, C. Pellmyr, O. 2013 Effects of gene flow on phenotype matching between two varieties of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia; Agavaceae) and their pollinators. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 1220-1233.

16. Beckage, B. Gross L. Platt, W. Godsoe, W. and D. Simberloff. 2012. Individual variation and weak neutrality as determinants of forest diversity. Frontiers in Biogeography. 3(4). fb_12446

15. Godsoe, W., and L., J., Harmon. 2012. How do species interactions affect species distribution models? Ecography. 35: 811-820.

14. Smith, C. I., Tank, S., Godsoe, W., Levenick, J., Strand, E., Esque, T., and O. Pellmyr. 2011. Plants and herbivorous insects are evolutionary communities: concerted range changes in Joshua trees and four yucca moths. PLoS one. 6: e25628.

13. Beckage, B. Gross L. Platt, W. Godsoe, W. and D. Simberloff. Accepted. Individual variation and weak neutrality as determinants of forest diversity. Frontiers in Biogeography.

12. Godsoe, W. 2010. I can’t define the niche but I know it when I see it: a formal link between statistical theory and the ecological niche. Oikos. 119: 53-60.

11. Godsoe, W. 2010. Regional variation exaggerates ecological divergence in niche models. Systematic Biology. 59: 298-306. (Cover illustration)

10. Godsoe, W., Yoder, J., Smith, C. I., Drummond, C. S., and O. Pellmyr. 2010. Absence of population-level phenotype matching in an obligate pollination mutualism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 2739-2746.

9. Yoder, J. B., Des Roches, S., Eastman, J., Gentry, L., Godsoe, W. Hagey, T., Jochimsen D., Oswald, B., Robertson, J., Sarver, B., Schenk, J. J., Spear, S., and L. J. Harmon. 2010. Perspective: ecological opportunity and the origin of adaptive radiations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 1581-1596.

8. Godsoe, W., Strand, E., Smith, C. I., Yoder, J. B., Esque, T. C., and O. Pellmyr. 2009. Divergence in an obligate mutualism is not explained by divergent climatic requirements. The New Phytologist. 183: 589-599. (Cover mention)

7. Pellmyr, O., Yoder, J. B., and W. Godsoe. 2009. Prodoxus praedictus, sp.n., a new bogus yucca moth from southern California. Journal of the Lepidopterist’s Society. 63:137-140.

6. Smith, C. I., Drummond, C. D., Godsoe, W., Yoder, J. B., and O. Pellmyr. 2009. Host specificity and reproductive success of yucca moths (Tegeticula spp. Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae) mirror patterns of gene flow between host plant varieties of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia: Agavaceae). Molecular Ecology. 18: 5218-5229. (Cover photograph)

5. Smith, C. I. Godsoe, W. Tank, S. Yoder, J. B., and O. Pellmyr. 2008. Distinguishing coevolution from covicariance in an obligate pollination mutualism: Asynchronous divergence in Joshua tree and its pollinators. Evolution. 62: 2676-2687. (Cover photograph)

4. Godsoe, W., Yoder, J. B., Smith, C. I., and O. Pellmyr. 2008. Coevolution and divergence in the Joshua tree/ Yucca moth mutualism. The American Naturalist. 171: 816-823.

3. Gomulkiewicz, R., Drown, D. M., Dybdahl, M, Godsoe, W. Nuismer, S. L., Pepin, K. M., Ridenhour, B., Smith, C. I., and J. B. Yoder. 2007. Dos and Don’ts of testing the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Heredity. 98: 249-258.

2. Agrawal, A., Kotanen, P., Mitchell, C., Power, A., Godsoe, W., and J. Klironomos. 2005. Enemy release? An experiment with congeneric plant pairs and diverse above and belowground enemies. Ecology. 86: 2979-2989.

1. Godsoe, W. 2003. Evidence for the extirpation of Ceropales bipunctata Say (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) in Ontario. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario. 134: 137-142.

Photo captions

Top: Hiking in Canterbury New Zealand. Middle: Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia var. brevifolia in Tikaboo valley NV. Fresh snow in the distance. Bottom: Greya enchrysa Spalding Idaho.