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Diane Wagner

Diane Wagner
Research Interests: 

Work in my lab focuses on the evolutionary ecology of insect-plant interactions. Current research projects include:
* Extrafloral nectar as a means of short-term defense and long-term arthropod community engineering by aspen
* Indirect interactions between arthropods and mammalian herbivores
* Long term effects of leaf mining on willow and aspen
* Invasion ecology of bird vetch, Vicia cracca

D Wagner
Diane Wagner
Diane Wagner
Chair, Biology & Wildlife Department
Associate Professor of Biology
101D Murie Bldg
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
  • PhD, Princeton University 1994
  • BA, University of California Berkeley 1986
  • 2013 - present:  Chair, UAF Biology & Wildlife Department
  • 2007 - present: Associate Professor of Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • 2002 - 2007: Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • 1998 - 2002: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • 1996 - 1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University
  • 1996: Visiting Assistant Professor, Mills College
  • 1994 - 1996 - USDA Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1994: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State Univeristy



Wagner, D., Jones, J.B. & Gordon, D.M., 2004. Development of harvester ant colonies alters soil chemistry. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 36, pp.797–804.


Sanders, N.J., Moss, J. & Wagner, D., 2003. Patterns of ant species richness along elevation gradients in an arid ecosystem. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 12, pp.93–102.


Wagner, D. & Kay, A., 2002. Do extrafloral nectaries distract ants from visiting flowers? An experimental test of an overlooked hypothesis. Evolutionary Ecology Research,, pp.293–305.


  • Principles of Ecology, BIOL F271
  • Research Design, BIOL F602
  • Animal-Plant Interactions, BIOL F693
  • Fundamentals of Biology I and II, BIOL F115X and 116X 
Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Alexandria Wenninger