Arianne Cease

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Dr. Cease is a sustainability scientist with a focus on the ecology and physiology of organisms in coupled natural and human systems. Her research involves interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how human-plant-insect interactions affect the sustainability of agricultural systems. A major focus is on locust plagues and phenotypic plasticity in response to rangeland management practices in China, Australia, and Africa. She is leading a team of biologists and social scientists to investigate the interactions among human behavior, market forces, and ecological systems in situations in which human decisions to overstock and overgraze rangeland alter plant nutrient content, increasing the likelihood of locust outbreaks. A key goal of her research is to improve sustainable ecosystem management and local livelihoods by linking fundamental research on animal physiology and ecology with economic models and policy.


sustainability science; coupled natural and human systems; environmental physiology; community and population ecology; entomology; agroecology; plant-animal interactions; nutrition; animal migration


PhD, Biology, Arizona State University, 2012

BS, Zoology, minor Chemistry, Oregon State University, 2004

Journal Articles


Cease, A. J., K. A. Capps, K. K. Gates, M. L. McCrackin and D. A. Nidzgorski. 2015. Consumer-driven nutrient dynamics in urban environments: The stoichiometry of human diets and waste management. Oikos 124(7):931-948. DOI: 10.1111/oik.02391. (link)

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, E. P. Fenichel, J. C. Hadrich, J. F. Harrison and B. E. Robinson. 2015. Living with locusts: Connecting soil nitrogen, locust outbreaks, livelihoods, and livestock markets. BioScience 65(6):551-558. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv048. (link)


Zhang, Z., J. J. Elser, A. J. Cease, X. Zhang, Q. Yu and X. Han. 2014. Grasshoppers regulate N:P stoichiometric homeostasis by changing phosphorus contents in their frass. PLOS One 9(8):e103697. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103697. (link)

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Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, S. Hao, L. Kang and J. F. Harrison. 2010. Grasshopper developmental plasticity in heavilygrazed Asian Steppe pastures. Poster presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2010 Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2010, Seattle, WA. (link)


Cease, A. J., S. Hao, L. Kang, J. J. Elser and J. F. Harrison. 2009. High density and high nitrogen: A dual stressor for grasshoppers?. Poster presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2009 Annual Meeting, 3-7 Janiary 2009, Boston, MA. (link)



Cease, A. J., M. Fay, J. J. Elser and J. F. Harrison. 2014. Dietary phosphate strongly and nonlinearly affects performance of an omnivourous herbivore. Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2014, Austin, TX. (link)

Cease, A. J., S. M. Rogers, T. Dodgson and S. J. Simpson. 2014. Diet modulates gregarization in the Australian Plague Locust. Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting 2014, 3-7 January 2014, Austin, TX. (link)


Baluch, D. L., K. Traynor, A. J. Cease, M. Coloumbe, V. Stout and K. Sweazea. 2013. Jumpstarting STEMP careers. Presentation at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting 2013, 3-7 January 2013, San Francisco, CA. (link)

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Conference Papers


Cease, A. J. 2013. Linking rangeland management with the nutritional physiology and ecology of locusts. Pp. 1619-1622 In: Michalk, D. L., G. D. Millar, W. B. Badgery and K. M. Broadfoot eds., Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities. 22nd International Grassland Congress. Orange New South Wales. (link)