Aaron Ellison

Dr. Aaron Ellison

Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Forest, Harvard University

Adj. Res. Professor of Biology, UMass


1982 – B.A. East Asian Studies/Asian Philosophy, Yale University.
1986 – Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University.

Research Area: Evolution and Ecology
Field of Study: Assembly and disassembly in ecological systems
Office: Harvard Forest, 324 Main Street, Petersham, MA

Following a sabbatical year at Harvard in 2001-2002, Aaron assumed his current position at the Harvard Forest – Harvard's 1500-hectare outdoor classroom and laboratory for ecological research. There, he studies food web dynamics and community ecology of wetlands and forests, evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants, the response of plants and ants to global climate change, and the application of Bayesian statistical inference to ecological research and environmental decision-making.

Current research interests include:

  • Ants and Climate Change
  • Ants of New England
  • Arthropods of Harvard Forest and the North Quabbin Region
  • Cyberinfrastructure tools for ecological synthesis
  • Food Webs in dynamic habitats
  • Foundation species in forests
  • Frank Morton Jones and the history of carnivorous plant research
  • Nutrient limitation and stoichiometry of carnivorous plants
  • Spatial dimension of species interactions
  • Statistics for ecologists