Jut Wynne

Wynne 120X170

Assistant Research Professor

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Office: Peterson Hall, Building 22, Room 219
More info and current CV: http://www.jutwynne.com

Research interests

  • cave biology
  • community ecology
  • biogeography
  • conservation biology

Academic highlights


    Fulbright Research Fellow, 2016-17, Project: Research and Conservation of Imperiled Endemic Invertebrates of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 
  • PhD: 2014, Biological Sciences (emphasis: cave and community ecology), Northern Arizona University
  • Elected Member: 2012, Sigma Xi
  • Fellow: 2009, Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow: 2006, The Explorers Club
  • MS: 2003, Environmental Science and Policy (emphasis: habitat modeling & remote sensing), Northern Arizona University 
  • Graduate Certificate: 1998, UNESCO/Cousteau School of Ecotechnie, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
I am a community ecologist interested in the conservation and management of cave-dwelling arthropods and bats. My research falls broadly into three research themes of cave ecology: (1) modeling and understanding the biogeography, distributional patterns, and habitat selection of cave-dwelling arthropods (in particular, cave-restricted taxa) and bats; (2) investigating community structure and dynamics of cave-dwelling arthropods; and, (3) quantifying the effects of global climate change and other human-caused disturbances on cave-dwelling animal populations (in particular, narrow-range endemic species), primarily in the American Southwest and Polynesia. 

Projects (either funded, pending or proposals in preparation) include: (i) inventory, habitat characterization and conservation of endemic invertebrates on Rapa Nui (Easter Island); (ii) modeling distributions, biogeography, habitat requirements, and species interactions of the ~75 known cave-adapted arthropods on the Hawaiian Islands; (iii) estimating population size, characterizing habitat, analyzing diet with metagenomic techniques and DNA barcoding of the world’s most endangered bat (Bulmer’s fruit bat, Aproteles bulmerae) in Papua New Guinea; (iv) modeling the effects of global climate change on cave-dwelling arthropods and bats of the American Southwest; (v) biodiversity, genetic relatedness and conservation of cave-adapted invertebrates of caves in Guangxi Province, Southern China; and, (vi) charting dispersal patterns of select endemic arthropod species across Polynesia using molecular techniques. 

Recent Publications

Dr. Wynne's Google Scholar Page 

Wynne, J.J. In Review. White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination Procedures for Backcountry Subterranean Projects. Park Science.

Wynne, J.J. and W.A. Shear. Accepted. A new millipede (Austrotyla awishashola, n. sp., Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Conotylidae) from New Mexico, USA, and the importance of cave moss gardens as refugial habitats. Zootaxa.

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, and P.J. Boston. Accepted. The importance of planetary caves in the search for life and establishing astronaut bases. EOS.

Wynne, J.J. 2016. The Importance of Caves in Our Solar System. NSS News March 2016: 4–7.

Wynne, J.J., J. Jenness, M.D. Jhabvala, T.N. Titus, D. Billings. 2015. Detecting terrestrial caves by applying topographic analysis techniques to thermal imagery. Abstract #9029, 2nd International Planetary Caves Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.

Taiti, S. and J.J. Wynne. 2015. The terrestrial Isopoda (Crustacea, Oniscidea) of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), with descriptions of two new species. ZooKeys 515: 27–49.

Bernard, E.C, F.N. Soto-Adames, and J.J. Wynne. 2015. Collembola of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with descriptions of five endemic cave-restricted species. Zootaxa 3949: 239–267.

Harvey, M.S. & J.J. Wynne. 2014. Troglomorphic Pseudoscorpions (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) of northern Arizona, with descriptions of two new short-range endemic species. Journal of Arachnology 42: 205–219.

Wynne, J.J., E.C. Bernard, F.G. Howarth, S. Sommer, F.N. Soto-Adames, S. Taiti, E.L. Mockford, M. Horrocks, L. Pakarati, & V. Pakarati-Hotus. 2014. Disturbance relicts in a rapidly changing world: the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) factor. BioScience 64: 711–718.

Wynne, J.J. & K.D. Voyles. 2014. Cave-dwelling arthropods and vertebrates of North Rim Grand Canyon, with notes on ecology and management. Western North American Naturalist 74: 1–17.

Wynne, J.J. 2014. Reign of the Red Queen: The future of bats hangs in the balance. The Explorers Journal 92: 40–45.

Peck, S.B. & J.J. Wynne. 2013. Ptomaphagus parashant new species (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae: Ptomaphagini): the most troglomorphic cholevine beetle known from Western North America. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 309–317.

Wynne, J.J. 2013. Inventory, conservation and management of lava tube caves at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico. Park Science 30: 45–55, +appendix.

Mockford, E.L. & J.J. Wynne. 2013. Genus Cyptophania Banks (Psocodea: Lepidopsocidae): Unique features, augmented description of the generotype, and descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 3702: 437–449.