Lawrence S. Blumer
Department of Biology
BGS: University of Michigan, 1974
MS: Zoology, University of Michigan, 1978
Ph.D: Biological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1982
Ph.D Thesis: Parental care and reproductive ecology of the North American catfish, Ictalurus nebulosus
Science and Society (BIO 200G)
Ecology (BIO 320)
Ecology Laboratory (BIO 320L)
Environmental Biology (BIO 497)
Ecology, Animal Behavior, Evolution
My research is in the areas of behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. Currently my students and I are conducting studies on the behavior, ecology and evolutionary biology of insects. In collaboration with Dr. Christopher Beck (Emory University), we are developing undergraduate laboratory teaching protocols with the Bruchid bean beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. Visit our website: www.beanbeetles.org for access to these teaching resources. Other studies are evaluating competition between two parasitoids, Melattobia and Nasonia. This work is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Robert Matthews (University of Georgia). In another study, we are evaluating the rapid induction of chemical defenses in ornamental tobacco, Nicotiana alata, and investigating insect bioassays of plant chemical defenses.
My previous studies have focused on the evolution of parental care in fishes, the ecology of male parental care in the brown bullhead (a North American catfish) Ictalurus nebulosus, kin recognition in fishes, and the dynamics of mate choice and sexual selection in animals. In addition to these areas of research, students who wish to work with me may pursue investigations in other areas of ecology and environmental biology (broadly defined). Past studies conducted by students have been on the effects on neuropeptides on the female mate choice in sailfin mollies, Poecilia latipinna, the reproductive-behavioral consequences of induced social stress in convict cichlids, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum, the causes for growth variation in loblolly pine trees, factors influencing rates of domestic compost decomposition, bean beetle host selection and avoidance of competition, causes for birth weight variation in humans, patterns of human infant facial resemblance, social behavior and population genetics of fiddler crabs, patterns in plant defenses in response to herbivory, and evaluation of behavioral toxicology assays.
Olvido, A. E. and L.S. Blumer. 2005. Introduction to mark-recapture census methods using the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. Pages 197-211, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 26 (M.A. O’Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 26th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 452 pages.
Guinan, J.A., C.W. Beck, L.S. Blumer, and R.W. Matthews. 2005. Competition within and between species of parasitoid wasps. Pages 213-232, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 26 (M.A. O’Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 26th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 452 pages.
Earley, R.L., Edwards*, J.T., Aseem*, O., Felton, K., Blumer, L.S., Karom, M., and Grober, M.S. 2006. Social interactions tune aggression and stress responsiveness in a territorial cichlid fish (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus). Physiology and Behavior 88:353-363. (*Morehouse students)
Blumer, L.S., Denton*, M.K., and Brooks, L.E. 2007. Induction of Secondary Chemical Defenses. Pages 1-16, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 28 (M.A. O’Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 28th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 403 pages. (*Morehouse student)
Beck, C.W. and Blumer, L.S. 2007. Bean Beetles, Callosobruchus maculatus, a Model System for Inquiry-Based Undergraduate Laboratories. Pages 274-283, in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 28 (M.A. O’Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 28th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 403 pages.
Hyperlinks of Interest:
Information on bean beetles, Callosobruchus maculatus, a model organism for undergraduate laboratories in Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior
Department of Biology
Last Updated: 18 January 2008