College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Nicole Rafferty

Nicole Rafferty

Assistant Professor of Biology and Cooperating Faculty Member

Research Associate, 2016 Department of Entomology, Washington State University Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto Mentor: James Thomson National Institutes of Health Fellow, 2011-2014 Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching Program Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona Mentor: Judith Bronstein Ph.D., Zoology, 2011 University of Wisconsin-Madison Advisor: Anthony Ives M.S., Zoology, 2006 University of Wisconsin-Madison Advisor: Janette Boughman B.S., Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, 2003 magna cum laude, Distinction in Biology, Phi Beta Kappa University of Washington Advisor: Dee Boersma

Research Areas

I seek the proximate and ultimate drivers of 
organization in arthropods.

Contact Information
(951) 827-3800
Awards Received

2018-2019 Innovative Learning Technology Initiative Grant, University of California Office of the President, co-PI ($227,000) 2016 Research Grant, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, PI ($76,634) 2015-2016 Research Grant, British Ecological Society, PI ($23,515) 2015 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto 2011-2014 Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching Fellowship, National Institutes of Health 2011 John Jefferson Davis Travel Award, University of Wisconsin ($400) 2010 Emlen Award for Outstanding Graduate Work in Zoology, University of Wisconsin ($4,500) 2010 John Jefferson Davis Travel Award, University of Wisconsin ($400) 2009 Carl A. Bunde Graduate Research Award, University of Wisconsin ($4,500) 2004-2007 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation 2006 Research Grant, American Society of Primatologists ($1,445) 2006 Graduate Research Grant, University of Wisconsin ($1,315) 2003 Research Apprenticeship Grant, Friday Harbor Marine Labs ($3,000)


* indicates mentored student 18. Ollerton, J., and 74 others, including N.E. Rafferty. In revision. The diversity and evolution of pollination systems in Apocynaceae. Annals of Botany. 17. Rafferty, N.E. 2017. Effects of global change on insect pollinators: multiple drivers lead to novel communities. Current Opinion in Insect Science 23:22-27. 16. Morton*, E.M., and N.E. Rafferty. 2017. Plant-pollinator interactions under climate change: the use of spatial and temporal transplants. Applications in Plant Sciences 5:1600133. RAFFERTY – Curriculum Vitae 2 15. Rafferty, N.E., and P.D. Nabity. 2017. A global test for phylogenetic signal in shifts in flowering time under climate change. Journal of Ecology 105:627-633. (authors contributed equally) Þ Editor’s Choice article Þ Journal cover photo 14. de Keyzer, C.W., N.E. Rafferty, D.W. Inouye, and J.D. Thomson. 2017. Confounding effects of spatial variation on shifts in phenology. Global Change Biology 23:1783-1791. 13. Rafferty, N.E., C.D. Bertelsen, and J.L. Bronstein. 2016. Later flowering is associated with a compressed flowering season and reduced reproductive output in an early season floral resource. Oikos 125:821-828. 12. de Keyzer, C.W., S.R. Colla, C.F. Kent, N.E. Rafferty, L.L. Richardson, and J.D. Thomson. 2016. Delving deeper: questioning the decline of long-tongued bumble bees, long-tubed flowers and their mutualisms with climate change. Journal of Pollination Ecology 18:36-42. 11. Rafferty, N.E., P.J. CaraDonna, and J.L. Bronstein. 2015. Phenological shifts and the fate of mutualisms. Oikos 124:14-21. Þ Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Þ Journal cover photo (credit: David W. Inouye) 10. Rafferty, N.E. 2013. Pollination Ecology. For Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. D.J. Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. 9. Rafferty, N.E., and A.R. Ives. 2013. Phylogenetic trait-based analyses of ecological networks. Ecology 94:2321-2333. 8. Rafferty, N.E., and N.M. Waser. 2013. Book review: Evolution of Plant-Pollinator Relationships, ed. S. Patiny. Quarterly Review of Biology 88:238-239. 7. Rafferty, N.E., P.J. CaraDonna, L.A. Burkle, A.M. Iler, and J.L. Bronstein. 2013. Phenological overlap of interacting species in a changing climate: an assessment of available approaches. Ecology and Evolution 3:3183-3193. 6. Scaven*, V.L., and N.E. Rafferty. 2013. Physiological effects of climate warming on flowering plants and insect pollinators and potential consequences for their interactions. Current Zoology 59:418-426. 5. Rafferty, N.E., and A.R. Ives. 2012. Pollinator effectiveness varies with experimental shifts in flowering time. Ecology 93:803-814. Þ Featured on journal cover 4. Gilman, R.T., N.S. Fabina, K.C. Abbott, and N.E. Rafferty. 2012. Evolution of plant-pollinator mutualisms in response to climate change. Evolutionary Applications 5:2-16. Þ Journal cover photo Þ Popular press by Science Daily and Treehugger 3. Rafferty, N.E., and A.R. Ives. 2011. Effects of experimental shifts in flowering phenology on plant-pollinator interactions. Ecology Letters 14:69-74. Þ Journal cover photo RAFFERTY – Curriculum Vitae 3 2. Rafferty, N.E., and J.W. Boughman. 2006. Olfactory mate recognition in a sympatric species pair of three-spined sticklebacks. Behavioral Ecology 17:965-970. 1. Rafferty, N.E., P.D. Boersma, and G.A. Rebstock. 2005. Intraclutch egg-size variation in Magellanic penguins. Condor 107:921-926.

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