Dr. Jayne Jonas

Assistant Professor

Office: BHS 346   |    Phone: (308) 865-8224   |    Email: jonasj@unk.edu

Dr. Jayne Jonas


Jonas Grassland Ecology Lab - Web Page

Areas of Interest:

  • Restoration Ecology
  • Grassland Ecology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions 


  • B.S. (1998) – Wayne State College
  • M.S. (2000) – Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. (2007) – Kansas State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Range Management
  • Great Plains Natural Sciences Society

Dissertation and Thesis:

  • Jonas, J.L.  2000.  Effects of land management on terrestrial invertebrates in a central Kansas grassland.  M.S. Thesis, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Jonas, J.L.  2007.  Nutrient resources and stoichiometry affect the ecology of above- and belowground invertebrate consumers.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.


  • Schroeder, R.W.R., Jonas, J.L., Grant-Hoffman, M.N., and Paschke, M.W.  2023.  Soil seed bank compositionand spatial distribution in a cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) dominated rangeland in Colorado, U.S.A.  Western North American Naturalist  83(2):191-206  doi.org/10.3398/064.083.0205
  • Bellis, J., Osazuwa-Peters, O., Maschinski, J., Keir, M., Parsons, E.W., Kaye, T.N., Kunz, M., Possley, J.,Menges, E., Smith, S.A., Roth, D., Brewer, D., Parsons, L., Brumback, W., Lange, J., Niederer, C., Turner-Skoff, J.B., Bontrager, M., Braham, R., Coppoletta, M., Holl, K., Williamson, P., Bell, T., Jonas, J.L., McEachern, K., Roberston, K.L., Birnbaum, S.J., Bishop, A., Bittner, T., Dattilo, A., Dollard, J., Fant, J., Guerrant, E., Kishida, W., Lesica, P., O’Dell, R., Link, S.O., Pavlovic, N., Pollack, C., Poole, J., Reemts, C.M., Stiling, P., Taylor, D.D., Titus, J., Titus, P., Heineman, K.D., Albrecht, M.  2023.  Identifying predictors of reintroduction success in rare plant species.  Conservation Biology  doi.org/10.1111/cobi.14190
  • Jonas, J.L., Victor, S.L., and Paschke, M.W.  2023.  Outcomes associated with translocation techniques vary between two closely related and critically imperiled plant species.  Restoration Ecology, 13914.  https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13914
  • Shackelford, N., Paterno, G.B., Winkler, D.E., Erickson, T.E., Leger, E.A., Svejcar, L.N., Breed, M.F., Faist, A.M., Harrison, P.A., Curran, M.F., Guo, Q., Kirmer, A., Law, D.J., Mganga, K.Z., Munson, S.M., Porensky, L.M., Quiroga, R.E., Török, P., Wainwright, C.E., Abdullahi, A., Bahm, M.A., Ballenger, E.A., Barger, N., Baughman, O.W., Becker, C., Lucas-Borja, M.E., Boyd, C.S., Burton, C.M., Burton, P.J., Calleja, E., Carrick, P.J., Caruana, A., Clements, C.D., Davies, K.W., Deák, B., Drake, J., Dullau, S., Eldridge, J., Espeland, E., Farrell, H.L., Fick, S.E., Garbowski, M., de la Riva, E.G., Golos, P.J., Grey, P.A., Heydenrych, B., Holmes, P.M., James, J.J., Jonas-Bratten, J., Kiss, R., Kramer, A.T., Larson, J.E., Lorite, J., Mayence, C.E., Merino-Martín, L., Miglécz, T., Milton, S.J., Monaco, T.A., Montalvo, A.M., Navarro-Cano, J.A., Paschke, M.W., Peri, P.L., Pokorny, M.L., Rinella, M.J., Saayman, N., Schantz, M.C., Parkhurst, T., Seabloom, E.W., Stuble, K.L., Uselman, S.M., Valkó, O., Veblen, K., Wilson, S., Wong, M., Xu, Z., and Suding, K.L.  2021.  Drivers of seedling establishment success in dryland restoration efforts.  Nature Ecology & Evolution.  DOI: 10.1038/s41559-021-01510-3
  • Lucas, J.M., Jonas, J., Laws, A.N., Branson, D.H., Pennings, S.C., Prather, C.M., and Strickland, M.S.  2021.  Functional and taxonomic diversity of grasshoppers differentially shape above- and below-ground communities and their function.  Functional Ecology 35:167-180.  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13682
  • Jonas, J.L., Berryman, E., Wolk, B., Morgan, P., and Robichaud, P.  2019.  Post-fire wood mulch for reducing erosion potential increases tree seedlings with few impacts on understory plants and soil nitrogen.  Forest Ecology & Management 453:article 117567.  DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117567
  • Jonas, J.L., Grant-Hoffman, N., and Paschke, M.W.  2018.  Restoration of North American salt deserts: a look at the past and suggestions for the future.  Ecological Restoration 36:177-194.  DOI: 10.3368/er.36.3.177
  • Barr, S., Jonas, J.L., and Paschke, M.W.  2017.  Optimizing seed mixture diversity and seeding rates for grassland restoration.  Restoration Ecology 25:396-404.  DOI: 10.1111/rec.12445
  • Cumberland, C., Jonas, J.L., and Paschke, M.W.  2017.  Grasshopper herbivory affects native and invasive plant species during early restoration.  Restoration Ecology 25:385-395.  DOI: 10.1111/rec.12430
  • Stephens, G., Johnston, D., Jonas, J.L., and Paschke, M.W.  2016.  Understory responses to mechanical treatment of pinyon-juniper in northwest Colorado.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 69:351-359.  DOI: 10.1016/j.rama.2016.06.003
  • Jonas, J.L., Buhl, D.A., and Symstad, A.J.  2015.  Variable impacts of weather, management, and location on long-term patterns of plant richness and diversity.  Ecology 96:2417-2432.  DOI: 10.1890/14-1989.1
  • Rhoades, C.C., Fornwalt, P., Paschke, M.W, Shanklin, A., and Jonas, J.L.  2015.  Recovery of small pile burn scars in conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range.  Forest Ecology & Management 347:180-187.  DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.03.026
  • Jonas, J.L., Wolesensky, W., and Joern, A.  2015.  Weather and grasshopper population dynamics in North American continental grassland over annual and decadal periods.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 68:29-39.  DOI: 10.1016/j.rama.2014.12.011
  • Symstad, A.J. and Jonas, J.L.  2014.  Using natural range of variation to set decision thresholds: a case study for Great Plains grasslands. Pps. 131-156. G. Guntenspergen, Ed. Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making, Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4899-8041-0_8
  • Herron, C.M., Jonas, J.L., Meiman, P., and Paschke, M.W.  2013.  Using native annual plants to suppress weedy invasive species in post-fire habitats.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 22:815-821.  DOI: 10.1071/WF11179
  • Jonas, J.L. and Joern, A.  2013.  Dietary selection and nutritional regulation in a mixed-feeding insect herbivore.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 148:20-26.  DOI: 10.1111/eea.12065
  • Hoelzle, T.B., Jonas, J.L., and Paschke, M.W.  2012.  Twenty-five years of plant community development of a sagebrush steppe ecosystem as a result of seed addition.  Journal of Applied Ecology 49:911-918.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02154.x
  • Woods, T.M., Jonas, J.L., and Ferguson, C.J.  2012.  The invasive Lespedeza cuneata attracts more insect pollinators than native congeners in tallgrass prairie with variable impacts.  Biological Invasions 14:1045-1059.  DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-0138-0
  • Symstad, A. and Jonas, J.L.  2011.  Incorporating biodiversity into rangeland health: plant species richness and diversity in Great Plains grasslands.  Rangeland Ecology and Management 64:555-572.  DOI: 10.2111/REM-D-10-00136.1
  • Loaiza, V., Jonas, J.L., and Joern, A.  2011.  Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) select vegetation patches in local-scale responses to foliar nitrogen but not phosphorus in native grassland.  Insect Science 18:533-540.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2010.01376.x
  • Persson, J., Fink, P., Goto, A., Hood, J.M., Jonas, J., and Kato, S.  2010.  To be or not to be what you eat: regulation of stoichiometric homeostasis among autotrophs and heterotrophs.  Oikos 119:741-751.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.18545.x
  • Jonas, J.L. and Joern, A.  2008.  Host plant quality alters grass:forb consumption by a mixed-feeding insect herbivore, Melanoplus bivittatus (Orthoptera: Acrididae).  Ecological Entomology, 33(4):546-554.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.2008.01004.x
  • Loaiza, V., Jonas, J.L., and Joern, A.  2008.  Does dietary-P affect feeding and performance in the mixed-feeding grasshopper Melanoplus bivittatus.  Environmental Entomology, 37(2):333-339.  DOI: 10.1603/0046-225X(2008)37[333:DDPAFA]2.0.CO;2
  • Jonas, J.L and Joern, A.  2007.  Grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) communities respond to fire, bison grazing and weather in North American tallgrass prairie: a long-term study.  Oecologia 153(3):699-711.  DOI: 10.1007/s00442-007-0761-8
  • Jonas, J.L., Wilson, G.W.T., White, P.M., and Joern, A.  2007.  Consumption of mycorrhizal and saprophytic fungi by Collembola in grassland soils.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 39(10):2594-2602.  DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2007.05.004
  • Borgmann-Ingwersen, M. and Jonas, J.  2003.  The vascular plant community composition of three fens in the sandhills of Nebraska. Pps. 164 – 173  In Proceedings of the 18th North American Prairie Conference. S. Fore, Ed.  Truman State University, Kirksville, MO.
  • Jonas, J., Whiles, M.R., and Charlton, R.E.  2002.  Aboveground invertebrate responses to land management differences in a central Kansas grassland.  Environmental Entomology 31:1142-1152.  DOI: 10.1603/0046-225X-31.6.1142