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Arianne Cease

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Arianne Cease is a sustainability scientist with a focus on the ecology and physiology of organisms in coupled natural and human systems. She is also the director of ASU's Global Locust Initiative. Her research involves interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how human-plant-insect interactions affect the sustainability of agricultural systems, including lab and field studies. Having a cohesive and approachable team that supports scientists and practitioners from different cultures and training backgrounds to flourish is a central priority. A major focus is on locust plagues and phenotypic plasticity in response to agricultural practices in China, Australia, West Africa, and South America. She is leading a team of natural and social scientists to investigate the interactions among human behavior, market forces, and ecological systems in situations in which human decisions to overstock and overgraze rangeland alter plant nutrient content, increasing the likelihood of locust outbreaks. A key goal of her research is to improve sustainable ecosystem management and rural livelihoods.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Biology, Arizona State University 2012
  • B.S. Zoology, minor Chemistry, Oregon State University 2004
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Publications: 

Word ML, Hall SJ, Robinson BE, Manneh B, Beye A, Cease AJ. 2019. Soil-targeted interventions could alleviate locust and grasshopper pest pressure in West Africa. Science of The Total Environment 663: 632-643 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.313

Robertson RM, Cease AJ, Simpson SJ. (2019) Anoxia tolerance of the adult Australian Plague Locust (Chortoicetes terminifera). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 229, 81-92 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2018.12.005

Niu D., Yuan X., Cease A.J., Wen H., Zhang C., Fu H., Elser J.J. (2018) The impact of nitrogen enrichment on grassland ecosystem stability depends on nitrogen addition level. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.318.

Medina HE, Cease AJ, and Trumper EV. (2017) The resurgence of the South American locust (Schistocerca cancellata). Metaleptea, newsletter of The Orthopterists’ Society. Vol 37, no.3.

Cullen DA, Cease AJ, Latchininsky AV, Ayali A, Berry K, Buhl J, De Keyser R, Foquet B, Hadrich JC, Matheson T, Ott SR, Poot-Pech MA, Robinson BE, Smith JM, Song H, Sword GA, Vanden Broeck J, Verdonck R, Verlinden H, Rogers, SM. (2017) From Molecules to Management: Mechanisms and Consequences of Locust Phase Polyphenism. Advances in Insect Physiology 53, 167-285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.aiip.2017.06.002.

Cease AJ, Harrison JF, Hao S, Niren DC, Zhang G, Kang L, Elser JJ (2017) Nutritional imbalance suppresses migratory phenotypes of the Mongolian locust (Oedaleus asiaticus). Royal Society Open Science. 4. doi:10.1098/rsos.161039

Cease, AJ, Fay, M, Elser, JJ & Harrison, JF (2016) Dietary phosphate affects food selection, post-ingestive phosphorus fate, and performance of a polyphagous herbivore. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219, 64-72. doi:10.1242/jeb.126847

Hao S, Wang S, Cease AJ, Kang L. (2015) Landscape level patterns of grasshopper communities in Inner Mongolia: interactive effects of livestock grazing and precipitation gradient. Landscape Ecology. 1-12. 10. 1007/ s10980-015-0247-8

Cease AJ, Elser JJ, Fenichel EF, Hadrich J, Harrison JF, Robinson BE. (2015) Living with locusts: connecting soil nitrogen, locust outbreaks, livelihoods, and livestock markets. BioScience. 65 (6) 551-558. 10.1093/biosci/biv048

Cease AJ, Capps KA, Gates KK, McCrackin ML, Nidzgorski DA. Woodstoich III: Consumer-driven nutrient dynamics in urban environments: the stoichiometry of human diets and waste management. (2015) Oikos. 127 (7) 931-948. 10.1111/oik.02391

Zhang Zijia, James J. Elser, Arianne J. Cease, Zhang X, Yu Q, Han X, Zhang G. (2014) Grasshoppers regulate N:P stoichiometric homeostasis by changing phosphorus contents in their frass. PLoS ONE, 9(8): e103697. doi:10.1371.

Dayger CA, Cease AJ, Lutterschmidt DI. (2013) Responses to Capture Stress and Exogenous Corticosterone vary with Body Condition in Female Red-sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis Sirtalis Parietalis). Hormones and Behavior. 64, 748.

Zhao D, Zhang Zhenyu, Cease AJ, Harrison JF, Kang L. (2013) Efficient utilization of aerobic metabolism helps Tibetan locusts conquer hypoxia. BMC Genomics 14, 631. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-631

Cease AJ. (2013) Linking rangeland management with the nutritional physiology and ecology of locusts. Proceedings of the 22nd International Grassland Congress: 1619-1622

Harrison JF, Cease AJ, VandenBrooks JM, Albert T, Davidowitz G. (2013) Caterpillars selected for large body size and short development time are more susceptible to oxygen-related stress. Ecology and Evolution. 28, 18.

Cease AJ and Elser JJ.  (2013) Biological Stoichiometry. Nature Education Knowledge 4(4):15

Harrison JF, Waters JS, Cease AJ, VandenBrooks JM, Callier V, Klok CJ, Shaffer K, Socha JJ. (2013) How locusts breathe. Physiology. Jan;28(1):18-27. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00043.201

Cease AJ, Elser JJ, Ford CF, Hao S, Kang L, Harrison JF. (2012) Heavy livestock grazing promotes locust outbreaks by lowering plant nitrogen content. Science 335, 467-469.

Cease AJ, Hao S, Kang L, Elser JJ, and Harrison JF. (2010) Are color or high rearing density related to migratory polyphenism in the band-winged grasshopper, Oedaleus asiaticus? Journal of Insect Physiology. 56, 926-936.

Cease AJ, Lutterschmidt DI, and Mason RT. (2007) Corticosterone and the transition from courtship behavior to dispersal in male red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 150 (1), 24-131.

Research Activity: 
  • 2018-2021: New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR); (PI) $300,000
  • 2018-2019: USAID OFDA award “Monitoring and Soil Amendments for Locust Management: A Pilot Project in the Kaffrine Region of Senegal” (PI) $539,708
  • 2018-2019: NSF RAPID “Testing macronutrient imbalance as a key factor limiting range expansion in herbivores” (lead PI; Jon Harrison is Co-PI). $120,000
  • 2017-2019: USDA APHIS cooperative agreement “Grasshopper Rearing in Support of Methods Development for Rangeland Research” (PI) $82,346
  • 2017-2018: IHR Research Cluster: Food and well-being in the Anthropocene (Facilitators are Joshua MacFadyen, Tyler DesRoches, and Joan MacGregor; my role: Cluster participant) $1,000
  • 2013-2019: DEB-1313693 NSF CNH: Living with locusts: linking livestock markets and grazing practices with the nutritional ecology of grasses and locusts under alternative property rights regimes (lead-PI; co-PI’s are Jon Harrison, James Elser, Eli Fenichel, Brian Robinson, Joleen Hadrich) $955,000
  • 2013-2017: CHE- 1313958 NSF SEES FELLOWS: Living with locusts: Training an ecophysiologist to incorporate bioeconomic modeling and collaborate with applied food security and agricultural agencies (PI) $338,921
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 592Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 326Sustainable Ecosystems
SOS 394Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
SOS 592Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ELS 501Env Life Sci: Grand Challenge
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
SOS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 596Scientific Paper
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 326Sustainable Ecosystems
SOS 327Sustainable Food and Farms
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SOS 581Synthesis for Sustainability
SOS 592Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research