Jessica Purcell
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Universidad de California, Riverside



Ingley S, Pruitt J, Scharf I, Purcell J.
Social context, but not individual personality, alters immigrant viability in a spider with mixed social structure. Animal Behaviour.

Purcell J, Zahnd S, Athanasiades A, Türler R, Chapuisat M, Brelsford A.
Ants exhibit asymmetric hybridization in a mosaic hybrid zone. Molecular ecology.


Avril A, Purcell J, Chapuisat M. (2016)
Ant workers exhibit specialization and memory during raft formation. The Science of Nature. 103: 36. DOI 10.1007/s00114-016-1360-5


Purcell J *, Pirogan D *, Avril A, Bouyarden F, Chapuisat M. (2016)
Environmental influence on the phenotype of ant workers revealed by common garden experiment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 357-367. DOI:10.​1007/​s00265-015-2055-1(* authors contributed equally)

Purcell J, Pellissier L, Chapuisat M. (2015)
Social structure varies with elevation in an alpine ant. Molecular Ecology 24: 498-507. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13042

Purcell J*, Brelsford A*, Wurm Y, Perrin N, Chapuisat M. (2014)
Convergent genetic architecture underlies social organization in ants. Current Biology 24: 2728-2732.(* authors contributed equally) DOI:

Purcell J, Chapuisat M. (2014)
Foster carers influence brood pathogen resistance in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20141338. Media coverage: 24Heures DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1338

Kocher SD, Pellissier L, Veller C, Purcell J, Nowak MA, Chapuisat M, Pierce NE. (2014)
Transitions in social complexity along elevation gradients reveal a combined impact of season length and development time on social evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20140627. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0627

Rasmann S, Buri A, Gallot-Lavallée M, Joaquim J, Purcell J, Pellissier L. (2014)
Differential allocation and deployment of direct and indirect defences by Vicia sepium along elevation gradients. Journal of Ecology 102: 930-938. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12253

Purcell J, Avril A, Jaffuel G, Bates S, Chapuisat M. (2014)
Ant brood function as life preservers during floods. PLoS ONE 9: e89211.

Purcell J, Chapuisat M. (2013)
Bidirectional shifts in colony queen number in a socially polymorphic ant population. Evolution 67: 1169-1180. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12010

Reymond A, Purcell J, Cherix D, Guisan A, Pellissier L. (2013)
Functional diversity decreases with temperature in high elevation ant fauna. Ecological Entomology 38: 364-373. DOI: 10.1111/een.12027

Adv Stud Behav 2012

Avilés L, Purcell J. (2012)
The evolution of inbred social systems in spiders and other organisms: From short-term gains to long-term evolutionary dead-ends? Advances in the Study of Behavior 44: 99-133. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394288-3.00003-4

Purcell J, Chapuisat M. (2012)
The influence of social structure on brood survival and development in a socially polymorphic ant: Insights from a cross-fostering experiment. J. Evolutionary Biology 25: 2288-2297. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02607.x.

Purcell J, Brelsford A, Avilés L. (2012)
Co-evolution between sociality and dispersal: the role of synergistic cooperative benefits. J. Theoretical Biology 312: 44-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.07.016

Purcell J, Vasconcellos-Neto J, Gonzaga MO, Fletcher JA, Avilés L. (2012)
Spatio-temporal differentiation and sociality in spiders. PLoS ONE 7: e34592.

Purcell J, Brütsch T, Chapuisat M. (2012)
Effects of the social environment on the survival and fungal resistance of ant brood. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 467-474. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-011-1293-0

Purcell J. (2011)
Geographic patterns in the distribution of social systems in terrestrial arthropods. Biological Reviews 86: 475-491. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00156.x.

Reber A, Purcell J, Buechel SD, Buri P, Chapuisat M. (2011)
The expression and impact of anti-fungal grooming in ants. J. Evolutionary Biology 24: 954-964. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02230.x.

Avilés L, Purcell J. (2011)
The social system and primary sex ratio of the recently-described social spider Anelosimus oritoyacu. J. Arachnology 39: 178-182. DOI: 10.1636/Hi09-87.1

Purcell J, Avilés L. (2008)
Gradients of precipitation and ant abundance may contribute to the altitudinal range limit of subsocial spiders: Insights from a transplant experiment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 2617-2625. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0582.

Purcell J, Brodin A. (2007)
Factors influencing route choice by avian migrants: A dynamic programming model of Pacific brant migration. J. Theoretical Biology 249: 804-816.DOI:10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.08.028

Avilés L, Agnarsson I, Salazar P, Purcell J, Iturralde G, Yip E, Powers KS, Bukowski T. (2007)
Altitudinal patterns of spider sociality and the biology of a new mid-elevation social Anelosimus species in Ecuador. American Naturalist 170: 783-792. DOI: 10.1086/521965

Purcell J, Avilés L. (2007)
Smaller colonies and more solitary living mark higher elevation populations of a social spider. J. Animal Ecology 76: 590-597. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2007.01228.x

Purcell J, Brelsford A. (2004)
Reassessing the causes of decline of Polylepis, a tropical subalpine forest. Ecotropica 10: 155-158.

Non-refereed contributions:


Purcell J, Brelsford A, Kessler M.
The world’s highest forest: Properties of Andean woodlands and implications for conservation. American Scientist 92: 454-46.