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Dr. Paul V Switzer | Professor

Office: 1054 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6951
Email: pvswitzer@eiu.edu

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
                Course Information                           Days & Times      Location
BIO 1330-003 & 004 Animal Diversity  M W F 1pm - 1:50pm  3080
BIO 1330-003 LAB                                            T 11am -1:50pm     1080
BIO 1330-004 LAB                                            T 2pm -4:50pm       1080

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Research

Dr. Switzer's research interests are in animal behavior and behavioral ecology. Currently, he is investigating (1) aggressive and territorial behavior; (2) the choice of roosting, foraging, and breeding habitat, and (3) mating behavior under scramble competition. In particular, he is interested in how an individual's previous experience affects these aspects of its behavior. Although he works mostly with insects, he has studied a wide variety of taxa. He frequently combines theoretical modeling with empirical tests of model predictions.

Selected Publications

Switzer, P.V., C. Schoenick*, and P.C. Enstrom. (in press). Behavioral explanations underlying the lack of trap effectiveness for small-scale management of Japanese beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of Economic Entomology.

Tigreros*, N. and P.V. Switzer. (in press). Observations of multiple mating under field conditions for Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica Newman) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society.

Crowley, P.H., Y. Saeki*, and P.V. Switzer (in press). Evolutionarily stable oviposition and sex ratio in parasitoid wasps with single-sex broods. Ecological Entomology.

Switzer, P.V., C. Schoenick*, and P.C. Enstrom. (2008). Environmental conditions affect sperm competition risk in Japanese beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101(6): 1154-1161.

Tigreros*, N. and P.V. Switzer. (2008). Effects of food deprivation, body size, and egg load on the mating behavior of female Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution 20(2): 89-99.

Crumrine, P.W., P.V. Switzer, and P.H. Crowley. (2008). Structure and dynamics of odonate communities: accessing habitat, managing risk, and enabling reproduction. Chpt. 3 in Córdoba-Aguilar, A. (ed.) Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Bollinger, E.K., P.V. Switzer, J. Pfammatter, and J. Allen. (2008). Group formation and anemone use in captively-reared anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus). Ichthyological Research (online first)   

Kruse, K.C. and P.V. Switzer (2007). Physical contests for females in the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonicaNewman). Journal of Insect Science 7:34, available online: insectscience.org/7.34

Switzer, P.V. (2007). Using dragonflies as common, flexible, and charismatic subjects for teaching the scientific process. American Biology Teacher 69(3): 136-140.

Feigenbaum, C. and P.V. Switzer (2007). The effect of male and female body size on the mating behavior of male fairy shrimp, Eubranchipus neglectus. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22(2): 271-276.

P.K. Eason and P.V. Switzer. (2006). Spatial learning in dragonflies. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 19(3): 268-281.

Selected Conference Presentations

P.V. Switzer, P.C. Enstrom, C. Schoenick*. 2008. Behavioral explanations underlying the lack of trap effectiveness for small-scale management of Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica). Entomological Society of America, Reno NV.

P.V. Switzer, P.C. Enstrom, C. Schoenick*. 2008.  Behavioral explanations underlying the lack of trap effectiveness for small-scale management of Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).USDA CSREES Workshop, Reno NV.

N. Tigreros*, R. Jaydev*, B.P. Nathan, and P.V. Switzer. 2007. Condition correlates with social status an time of day in Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica). Entomological Society of America, San Diego.

N. Tigreros, R. Jaydev, B.P. Nathan, and P.V. Switzer. 2007. Condition correlates with social status an time of day in Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) USDA CSREES Workshop, San Diego.

P.V. Switzer, P.S. Forsythe*, and K.C. Kruse. 2006. Homosexual mounting and the (un)reliability of body size as a character for mate choice in male Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica). Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis.

* = Student Author


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