Robert Gegear

Robert Gegear, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biology

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Education

2010University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolPostdoc
2006University of TorontoPostdoc
2002Western UniversityPhD

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The study of comparative and evolutionary aspects of behavior of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Structure and function of nervous systems, simple behavioral patterns including reflexes and other forms of innate behavior as well as more complex patterns including learning and social behavior are stressed.

In-depth study of a specific area in biology, leading to independent research addressing a biological question. Research results will be presented in a professional-style poster at a research symposium. Attendance at biology department seminars is also required.

The study of comparative and evolutionary aspects of behavior of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Structure and function of nervous systems, simple behavioral patterns including reflexes and other forms of innate behavior as well as more complex patterns including learning and social behavior are stressed.

Terms and hours to be arranged. Graded A-F.

Terms and hours to be arranged. Graded A-F.

Introduction to study in the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. This course is designed to increase student success at college. The overall goal of the course is to facilitate a smooth transition to college life by engaging students in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement while, at the same time, encouraging the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. To accomplish this goal, the content of the class includes: locating and utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activity on campus, goal setting and time management skills, writing skills, test preparation and taking skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and career and major/minor exploration.

Research

Research interests

  • Conservation of native pollination systems
  • Neuroecology of plant-pollinator interactions
  • Multi-modal sensory integration
  • Floral evolution
  • Bumblebee ecology

Select publications

  • Mobley, M.W.& R.J. Gegear. (2018).
    Once size does not fit all: Sex and caste differences in the response of bumblebees to chronic neonicotinoid exposure.
    PLOS ONE, 13(10)
  • Mobley, M.W. & R.J. Gegear (2018).
    Immune-cognitive system connectivity reduces bumblebee foraging success in complex multisensory floral environments.
    Nature Scientific Reports, 8:5953
  • Gegear, R.J., Burns, R. & K. Swoboda (2017).
    ‘Hummingbird’ floral traits interact synergistically to discourage visitation by bumblebee foragers.
    Ecology, 98, 489-499.

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