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Jordan Okie

Assistant Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography

 

 

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (2011). Dissertation: Metabolic ecology and allometric scaling of microorganisms and major evolutionary transitions. Advisor: James H. Brown.

B.A. in Biology with Distinction, Magna Cum Laude, Carleton College, MN (2003). Senior thesis: Managing for the resilience of ecosystems.

School for International Training, Tanzania (2000). Field studies on conservation, ecology, and ethnography.

 

 

Research Interests

Astrobiology, theoretical biogeochemistry, macroecology, microbial ecology and biogeography, metabolic scaling theory, major evolutionary transitions, macroevolution, sustainability, and theoretical biology. 

The unifying theme of my research is investigating the metabolic basis of ecology, evolution, and biogeography. I seek to integrate across levels of biological organization, from metabolic networks and cells to multicellular organisms and social groups. I develop biological theory based on mathematical, physical, chemical, and eco-evolutionary principles, and evaluate this theory using macroecological and molecular data. The evolution, ecology, and integrative biology of microbial communities is of particular interest to me; however, I like to pursue research in whatever biological system the questions take me. Much of my current research focuses on metabolic scaling and on the thermodynamic and kinetic effects of temperature and pH on organisms, metabolic reactions, biodiversity, and ecosystems.

Publications

2017

Cockerill, K., M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J.G. Okie. 2017. Environmental Realism – Challenging Solutions. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

2016

Okie, J.G., V.H. Smith, and M. Martin-Cereceda. 2016. Major evolutionary transitions of life, metabolic scaling, and the number and size of mitochondria and chloroplasts. Proceeding of the Royal Society B 283: 20160611.

2015

Okie, J.G., D.J. Van Horn, D. Storch, J.E. Barrett, M.N. Gooseff, L. Kopsova, and C.D. Takacs-Vesbach. 2015. Niche and metabolic principles explain patterns of diversity and distribution: theory and a case study with soil bacterial communities. Proc. Roc. Soc. B 282:20142630.

Hammond, S.T., J.H. Brown, J.R. Burger, T.P. Flanagan, T.S. Fristoe, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie. 2015. Food spoilage, storage, and transport: Implications for a sustainable future. Bioscience 65: 758-768.

Marquet, P.A., A.P. Allen, J.H. Brown, J. Dunne, B.J. Enquist, J.F. Gillooly, P.A. Gowaty, J.L. Green, D. Storch, J. Harte, S.P. Hubbell, J. O´Dwyer, J.G. Okie, M. Ritchie, A. Ostling, and G.B. West. 2015. On the importance of first principles in ecological theory development. Bioscience 65:342-343.

 2014

Marquet, P.A., A.P. Allen, J.H. Brown, J. Dunne, B.J. Enquist, J.F. Gillooly, P.A. Gowaty, J.L. Green, D. Storch, J. Harte, S.P. Hubbell, J. O´Dwyer, J.G. Okie, M. Ritchie, A. Ostling, and G.B. West. 2014. On theory in ecology. Bioscience 64:701-710.

Schwartz, E., H.N. Buelow, M.N. Gooseff,  J.E. Barrett, J.G. Okie, C.D. Takacs-Vesbach, and D.J. Van Horn. Characterizationof Growing Bacterial Populations in McMurdo Dry Valley Soils through Stable Isotope Probing with 18O-water. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89:415-424.

Saarinen, J.J., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D.P. Costa, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M.J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, J.G. Okie, R.M. Sibly, F.A. Smith, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M.D. Uhen. 2014. Patterns of maximum body size evolution in Cenozoic land mammals: intrinsic biological processes and extrinsic forcing. Proc. Roc. Soc. B: 281: 20132049.

Brown, J.H., C.D. Allen. W.R. Burnside, M. Chang, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, and W.H. Woodruff. 2013. Macroecology Meets Macroeconomics: Resource Scarcity and Global Sustainability. Ecological Engineering 65:24-32.

Van Horn, D.J., J.G. Okie, H.N. Buelow, M.N. Gooseff, J.E. Barrett, and C.D. Takacs-Vesbach. 2014. Soil microbial community response to increased moisture and organic resources along a salinity gradient in Antarctica. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 3034-3043.

2013

Okie, J.G., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D.P. Costa, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M.J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, , J.J. Saarinen, F.A. Smith, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor, M.D. Uhen, and R.M. Sibly. 2013. Effects of allometry, productivity, and lifestyle on rates and limits of body size evolution. Proc R Soc B 280: 20131007.

Okie, J.G. 2013. General models for the spectra of surface area scaling strategies of cells and organisms: fractality, geometric dissimilitude, and internalization. American Naturalist 181:421-439.

Nekola, J.C., C.D. Allen, J.H. Brown, W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva, and J.G. Okie. 2013. The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:127-130.

Hammond, S.T., J.H. Brown, J.R. Burger, M. Chang, T.P. Flanagan, T.S. Fristoe, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, and J.G. Okie. 2013. Bankrupting nature for the (temporary) wealth of nations. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 28:576-577.

Nekola, J.C., J.H. Brown, A. Kodric-Brown, J.G. Okie. 2013. Global sustainability versus the Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic: a reply to Rull. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:444.

Brown, J.H., J.R. Burger, W. Burnside, M. Chang, A. Davidson, T. Fristoe, M. Hamilton, S. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva, J. Nekola, and J.G. Okie. 2013. Gasoline and Fertility. Nautilus 001: http://nautil.us/issue/1/what-makes-you-so-special/gasoline-and-fertility.

2012

Burger, J.R., C.D. Allen, J. H. Brown, W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, and W. Zuo. 2012. The macroecology of sustainability. PLoS Biology 10(6):e1001345.

Collins, S.L., S.E. Koerner, J.A. Plaut, J.G. Okie, D. Brese, L.B. Calabrese, A. Carvajal, R.J. Evansen, and E. Nonaka. 2012. Stability of tallgrass prairie during a 19-year increase in growing season precipitation. Functional ecology 26:1450-1459.

Okie, J.G. 2012. Microorganisms, in Metabolic Ecology: A Scaling Approach (eds R.M. Sibly, J.H. Brown, and A. Kodric-Brown), Jon Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.

Evans, A.R., D.O. Jones, A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D.P. Costa, S.K.M. Ernest, E.M.G. Fitzgerald, M. Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M.J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R.M. Sibly, F.A. Smith, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor, and M.D. Uhen. 2012. The maximum rate of mammal evolution.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:4187-4190.

2011

Brown, J.H., W. Burnside, A.D Davidson, J.P. DeLong, B. Dunn, M.J. Hamilton, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, N.M. Silva, and W. Zuo. 2011. Energetic limits to economic growth. BioScience 61:19-26.

2010

Smith, F.A., A.G. Boyer, J.H. Brown, D.P. Costa, T. Dayan, S.K.M. Ernest, A.R. Evans, M.  Fortelius, J.L. Gittleman, M.J. Hamilton, L.E. Harding, K. Lintulaakso, S.K. Lyons, Christy McCain, J.G. Okie, J.J. Saarinen, R. Sibly, P.R. Stephens, J. Theodor, and M.D. Uhen. 2010. The evolution of maximum body size of terrestrial mammals. Science 330:1216-1219.

Sandel, B., L.J. Goldstein, N.J.B. Kraft, J.G. Okie, M.I. Shuldman, D.D. Ackerly, E.E. Cleland and K.N. Suding. 2010. Contrasting trait responses in plant communities to experimental and geographic variation in precipitation. New Phytologist 188:565-575.

DeLong, J.P., J.G. Okie, M.E. Moses, R.M. Sibly, and J.H. Brown. 2010. Shifts in metabolic scaling, production, and efficiency across major evolutionary transitions of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:12941-12945.

2009

Okie, J.G., and J.H. Brown. 2009. Niches, body sizes, and the disassembly of mammal communities on the Sunda Shelf islands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:19679-19684.