Associate Professor of Biology
Gittleson Hall 102A
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DegreesPHD, 1995, Kagoshima Univ; MA, 1991, Saga Univ; BS, 1978, Adelphi Univ
Teaching InterestsI teach a variety of courses including animal form and function, evolution, entomology, animal behavior, ecology, human anatomy and physiology, and human biology .
Research InterestsI investigate the ecological factors that promote the evolution of parental care behaviors. My primary research organism is a parental insect, Parastrachia japonensis (Heteroptera: Parastrachiidae) that inhabits early stage secondary forests in a particular region of southern Japan. The behaviors include egg and nymph guarding, production of trophic eggs and progressive provisioning of the host seed. We have identified a small cluster of related species in the family Cydnidae with similar parental care behaviors in Japan, and my lab is also investigating one species that inhabits North America, Sehirus cinctus (Heteroptera: Cydnidae), using small, scattered populations from Long Island. I am establishing a field site on campus that we will seed with Sehirus cinctus, so that we can have a nearly natural working population nearby.
Recent Courses Taught
|BIO 012||(NS) ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION||Undergraduate|
|BIO 015||SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS||Undergraduate|
|BIO 020||URBAN HABITATS||Undergraduate|
|BIO 090||INDEPENDENT STUDY - UG RES I||Undergraduate|
|BIO 091||INDEPENDENT STUDY - UG RES II||Undergraduate|
|BIO 119||ORGANIC EVOLUTION||Undergraduate|
|BIO 190||SPCL TPCS IN BIOLOGICAL SCI||Undergraduate|
|BIO 253A||SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY||Graduate|