Dr. Gary Gerald
Assistant Professor of Biology - Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2009-present
Visiting Assistant Professor of Zoology - Miami University (Oxford campus), 2008-2009
Visiting Assistant Professor of Zoology - Miami University (Hamilton campus), 2007-2008
Ph.D. in Zoology, Miami University (Ohio), 2008
M.S. in Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
B.S. in Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, 2001
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (Bio 1090)
Human and Comparative Anatomy
Human and Comparative Physiology
Biology of Animals
My research interests involve examining trade-offs in behavioral, mechanical, and physiological performance of animals in their natural environment. I am especially interested in how compromises in various traits related to conflicting physical, behavioral, and/or ecological demands influence both performance and an animals' evolutionary history. Past and current projects have focused on the following areas:
- Trade-offs in locomotor performance among disparate modes of limbless locomotion in lizards and snakes
- Influence of limb size on locomotor performance and kinematics in lizards
- The role of salinity selection on predator avoidance behaviors and aquaporin expression in euryhaline fishes
- Influence of abiotic factors on anti-predator behavioral strategies in reptiles
- How shell morphology and temperature affect burrowing and anchoring performance in freshwater mussels
- Influence of the sexually-selected enlarged claw in male fiddler crabs on locomotor abilities
__________Selected Publications (*=undergraduate co-author)__________
- Gerald G.W. and K.E. Thiesen*. 2014. Locomotor hindrance of carrying an enlarged sexually selected structure on inclines for male fiddler crabs. Journal of Zoology 294:129-138. doi:10.1111/jzo.12161
- Levine T.D., H.B. Hansen*, and G.W. Gerald. 2014. Effects of shell shape, size and sculpture in burrowing and anchoring abilities in the freshwater mussel Potamilus alatus (Unionidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111:136-144.
- Gerald G.W., M.P. Graziano, and K.E. Thiesen*. 2013. Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus: Death feigning. Herpetological Review 44(1):93-94.
- Block, J.E.*, G.W. Gerald, and T.D. Levine. 2013. Temperature effects on burrowing behaviors and performance in a freshwater mussel. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 28(3):375-384, doi: 10.1080/02705060.2013.767218
- Gerald G.W. and M.P. Graziano. 2011. Storeria dekayi texana (Texas Brownsnake): Death feigning. Herpetological Review 42(3):444-445.
- Collins A.M.* and G.W. Gerald. 2009. Attraction of flatworms at various hunger levels towards cues from an odonate predator. Ethology 115:449-456.
- Gerald G.W. 2008. Feign versus flight: Influences of temperature, body size, and locomotor abilities on death feigning in neonate snakes. Animal Behaviour 75: 647-654.
- Gerald G.W., M.J. Mackey*, and D.L. Claussen. 2008. Effects of temperature and perch diameter on arboreal locomotor performance in the snake Elaphe guttata. Journal of Experimental Zoology 309A(3): 147-156.
- Gerald G.W. and D.L. Claussen. 2007. Thermal dependencies of different modes of locomotion in neonate Brown Snakes, Storeria dekayi. Copeia 2007(3): 578-586.
- Gerald G.W., M.A Bailey, and J.N. Holmes. 2006. Movements and activity range sizes of Northern Pinesnakes (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus) in Middle Tennessee. Journal of Herpetology 40(4): 503-510.
- Gerald G.W. and L.C. Spezzano Jr. 2005. The influence of chemical cues and conspecific density on the temperature selection of a freshwater snail (Melanoides tuberculata). Journal of Thermal Biology 30: 237-245.
Academic Standards committee (2014-present)
Faculty advisor to the graduate school club (2011-present)
Faculty advisor for the Goldwater Scholarship (2013-present)
Chair of the Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant committee (2010-2014)