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Submitted & In Revision

Bennett GM. Evolving integrated multipartite symbioses between plant-sap feeding insects (Hemiptera) and their endosymbionts. In: Hadfield, M.G., and Bosch, T. (Eds.) Cellular Dialogues in the Holobiont. CRC Press. In review.

Mao M. & Bennett GM. Symbiont replacements reset the co-evolutionary relationship between insects and their heritable bacteria. In review at ISME Journal.

Gillespie R, Bennett GM, et al., Comparing adaptive radiations across space, time, and taxa In review at Heredity.


Bennett GM. The microbial symbionts of leafhoppers. In: Webb, M., and Badmin, J. (Ed.) The Leafhoppers: Form Function and Phylogeny. [In press]


Van Leuven JT, Mao M, Bennett GM, & McCutcheon JP. Cicada endosymbionts have tRNAs that are correctly processed despite having genomes that do not encode all of the tRNA processing machinery. mBio. 10:e01950-18

Roy K, Ewing CP, Hughes MA, Keith L, & Bennett GM. 2019. Presence and viability of Ceratocystis lukuohia in ambrosia beetle frass from Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death‐affected Metrosideros polymorpha trees on Hawaiʻi Island. Forest Pathology. 49:e12476


Mao M, Yang X, & Bennett GM. 2018. Evolution of host support for two ancient bacterial symbionts with differentially degraded genomes in a leafhopper host. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 50:E11691-E11700

Bennett GM, & Mao M. 2018. Comparative genomics of a quadripartite symbiosis in a planthopper host reveals the origins and rearranged nutritional responsibilities of anciently diverged bacterial lineages. Environmental Microbiology. 20:4461-4472

Hynson N, Frank KL, Alegado RA, Amend AS, Arif, Bennett GM, et al. 2018. Synergy among microbiota and their hosts: Leveraging the Hawaiian archipelago and local collaborative networks to address pressing questions in microbiome research. mSystems. 3:e00159-17.

Wright MG, & Bennett GM. 2018. Evolution of biological control agents following introduction to new environments. Biocontrol. 63:105-116.


Poff KE,* Stever H,* Reil JB,* Seabourn P,* Ching AJ,* Aoki S,* Logan M,* Michalski JR,* Santamaria J,* Adams JW,* Eiben JA, Yew JY, Ewing CP, Magnacca KN, & Bennett GM. 2017. The Native Hawaiian Insect Microbiome Initiative: A Critical Perspective for Hawaiian Insect Evolution. Insects. 8:130
AA This paper is the product of my graduate course, Insect-Microbe Interactions [PEPS 686]
AAA* = graduate student co-author

Denis MD, * & Bennett GM. 2017. Description of Nesophrosyne melemele sp. n., an Endemic Hawaiian Leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Delto- cephalinae: Opsiini) Associated with Myoporum sandwicense (Scrophulariaceae). Proc. Hawaiian Ent. Soc. 49:47-50.
AAA * = undergraduate researcher

Bennett GM., & Chong RA. 2017. Genome-wide transcriptional dynamics in the companion bacterial symbionts of the glassy-winged sharpshooter (Cicadellidae: Homalodisca vitripennis) reveal differential gene expression in bacteria occupying multiple host organs. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 7:3073-3082.

Mao M., Yang X., Poff K., & Bennett, G.M. 2017. Comparative genomics of the dual-obligate symbionts from the treehopper, Entylia carinata (Hemiptera: Membracidae), provide insight into the origins and evolution of an ancient symbiosis. Genome Biology and Evolution. 9:1803-1815.

Mao M., Yang X., & Bennett GM. 2017. The complete mitochondrial genome of Macrosteles quadrilineatus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). DNA Part B: Resources. 1:173-175.


Mao M, Yang X, & Bennett GM. 2016. The complete mitochondrial genome of Entylia carinata (Hemiptera: Membracidae). DNA Part B: Resources. 1:662-663

Bennett GM, Abba S, Kube M, & Marzachi C. 2016. Complete Genome Sequences of the Obligate Symbionts “Candidatus Sulcia muelleri” and “Ca. Nasuia deltocephalinicola” from the Pestiferous Leafhopper Macrosteles quadripunctulatus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Genome Announcements. 4:e01604-15.

Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, McDonald B, Romanovich D, & Moran NA. 2016. Lineage-specific patterns of genome deterioration in obligate symbionts of sharpshooter leafhoppers. Genome Biology and Evolution. 8:296-301.

Rominger AJ, Goodman KR, Lim, JY, Armstrong EE, Becking LE, Bennett GM, Brewer MS, Cotoras DD, Ewing CP, Harte J, Martinez ND, O'Grady PM, Percy DM, Price DK, Roderick GK, Shaw KL, Valdovinos FS, Gruner DS, & Gillespie RG. 2016. Community assembly on isolated islands: macroecology meets evolution. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25:769-780.


Bennett GM, & Moran NA. 2015. Heritable symbiosis: the advantages and perils of an evolutionary rabbit hole. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112:10169-10176


Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, McDonald B, Romanovich D, & Moran NA. 2014. Differential genome evolution between companion symbionts in an insect-bacteria symbiosis. mBio. 5:e01697-14.

Moran NA, & Bennett GM. 2014. The tiniest tiny genomes. Annual Review Microbiology. 68:195-215.

Bennett GM, Turmelle A, & O'Grady PM. 2014. Evolutionary insights into cospeciation and host switching in Neotropical batflies (Diptera: Streblidae). doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1221856.


Bennett GM, & Moran NA. 2013. Small, smaller, smallest: the origins and evolution of ancient dual symbioses in a phloem-feeding insect. Genome Biology and Evolution. 5:1675-1688.

Bennett GM, & O’Grady PM. 2013. Historical biogeography and ecological opportunity in the adaptive radiation of native Hawaiian leafhoppers (Cicadellidae: Nesophrosyne). Journal of Biogeography. 40:1512–1523.

Sloan DB, Bennett GM. 2013. Engel P, Williams D, & Ochman H. Disentangling associated genomes. Methods in Enzymology. 531:445-464.

Koga RK, Bennett GM, Cryan, JR, & Moran NA. 2013. Evolutionary replacement of obligate symbionts in an ancient and diverse insect lineage. Environmental Microbiology. 15:2073-2081.


Bennett GM, & O’Grady PM. 2012. Host-plants drive insect diversity: Phylogeny, diversity, and origins of native Hawaiian leafhoppers (Cicadellidae: Nesophrosyne). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65: 705–717.

Bennett GM, Pantoja N, & O’Grady PM. 2012. Diversity and phylogenetic relationships of Wolbachia in Drosophila and other native Hawaiian insects. Fly. 6:273-283.

O’Grady PM, Bennett GM, Funk VA, & Altheide TK. 2012. Retrograde Biogeography. Taxon.61: 702-705.


Bennett GM, & O’Grady PM. 2011. Review of The Native Hawaiian Leafhopper Genus Nesophrosyne (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with Description of Eight New Species Associated with Broussaisia arguta (Hydrangeaceae). Zootaxa. 2805:1-25.


Almeida RPP, Bennett GM, Anhalt MD, Tsai CW, & O'Grady PM. 2009. Spread of an introduced vector-borne banana virus in Hawaii. Molecular Ecology. 18:136-46.


O’Grady PM, Lapoint RT, & Bennett GM.. 2008. The potential and peril of the supertree approach: A response to van der Linde and Houle. Insect. Syst. Evol. 39:269–280.