Curriculum Vitae

Alyssa Stocks Hakes
Lawrence University
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911


Ph.D. 2010 Biological Science  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

B.S.  2003 Biology, High Distinction University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Minor: Chemistry 

Professional Appointments

2012  Assistant Professor of Biology.
         Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.
         Research topic: spatial ecology of plant-insect interactions.

2010  Post-doctoral Researcher. Department of Biological Science. 
         Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. 
         Advisors: Dr. Nora Underwood, Dr. Stacey Halpern
         Research topic:  The effects of herbivore damage and plant density on                            the spatial patterns of plant populations.

2003  Graduate Assistant. Department of Biological Sciences. 
         Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
         Advisor: Dr. Jim Cronin.
         Dissertation: “Mechanisms promoting spatial and temporal variability in plant defense”.

2002  Research Assistant. School of Integrative Biology. 
         University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. 
         Advisor: Dr. Jim Dalling.
         Undergraduate Thesis: “An evaluation of the light requirements for germination of Clidemia hirta in its native and invasive range”.

2002  Research Assistant. US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL.
         Supervisor: Matthew Holman
         Research topic:  Habitat requirements of the endangered Indiana bat.


Hakes, A.S., N. Underwood, and S. Halpern.  The effects of herbivores on the spatial aggregation of populations of a clonal plant. (In preparation)  

Hakes, A.S. and J.T. Cronin. 2012. Successional changes in plant resistance and tolerance to herbivory in natural landscapes. Ecology 93: 1059-1070.

Hakes, A.S. and J.T. Cronin. 2011. Resistance and tolerance to herbivory in Solidago altissima (Asteracea): Genetic variability, costs, and selection for multiple traits.  American Journal of Botany 98: 1446-1455. 

Hakes, A.S. and J.T. Cronin. 2011. Environmental heterogeneity and spatiotemporal variability in plant defense traits. Oikos 120:452-462.

Haynes, K.J., F.P. Dillemuth, B.J. Anderson, A.S. Hakes, H.B. Jackson, S.E. Jackson, and J.T. Cronin.  2007.  Landscape context outweighs local habitat quality in its effects on herbivore dispersal and distribution.  Oecologia 151: 431-441.

Research Grants

2011 Council on Research and Creativity Grant (PI Dr. Underwood). Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL.

2008 Adele Lewis Grant Fellowship.  Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science.  St. Paul, MN. 

2008  Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.  Sigma Xi Research Society.  Research Triangle Park, NC.

2007 Amy Lutz Pre-doctoral Award.  Association for Women in Science Education Foundation. Washington, DC.

2007 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund. American Museum of Natural History. New York, NY.

2004–09 BIOGRADS Student Research Grant.  Dept. of Biological Sciences. Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, LA.

2004 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research. Sigma Xi Research Society.  Research Triangle Park, NC.


2009 Daisy B. & William J. Luke Botany Teaching Assistant Award.  Dept. of Biological Sciences. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

2009 Best Poster Presentation. LSU Graduate Student Symposium. Baton Rouge, LA

2008 – 2009 Graduate School Travel Award.  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2003 – 2007 Economic Development Assistantship. Louisiana Board of Regents.  Baton Rouge, LA. 

2003 Helen E. Hess Award for undergraduate research.  School of Integrative Biology.  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.

2003 Undergraduate Thesis High Distinction:  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.

1999 Girl Scout Gold Award. Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council. Merrillville, IN  

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Women 
Association for Women in Science   
Botanical Society of America   
Ecological Society of America   
Entomological Society of America
Graduate Women in Science, SDE