Areas of Expertise
Evolutionary Ecology, Animal Behavior
I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how the function, evolution and development of animal form and behavior are biased by the integrated nature of whole organisms. In other words, I am interested in understanding how animals cope with the many and varied demands placed upon them given that changes in some aspects of their biology often affect other aspects. My approach is cross-disciplinary and considers not only the ecological and behavioral contexts of traits, but also considers the genetic, developmental and physiological contexts in which traits are produced.
I approach most of these problems through research on the wing colors and patterns of butterflies.
Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Selected publications that reflect current research interests:
Stoehr, A.M., J.F. Walker and A.
Monteiro. 2013. Spalt expression and the development of melanic color patterns in
pierid butterflies. EvoDevo 4:6.
Kelly, S.A., T.M.
Panhuis and A.M. Stoehr. 2011.
Phenotypic plasticity: molecular mechanisms and adaptive significance. In:
Comprehensive Physiology (J.W. Hicks, T. Wang, T. Garland, Jr., Eds),
Stoehr, A.M. 2010. Responses of
disparate phenotypically-plastic, melanin-based traits to common cues: limits
to the benefits of adaptive plasticity? Evolutionary Ecology 24:287-298.
Zuk, M. and A.M. Stoehr. 2010. Sex Differences in
Parasite Susceptibility: An Evolutionary Perspective. In Sex Hormones and Immunity to Infection (S.L. Klein and C. Roberts,
Stoehr, A.M. and H. Goux. 2008.
Seasonal phenotypic plasticity of wing melanisation in the cabbage white
butterfly, Pieris rapae L.
(Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Ecological
Stoehr, A.M. 2007. Inter- and intra-sexual
variation in immune defence in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae L. (Lepidoptera:
Pieridae). Ecological Entomology
Stoehr, A.M. and H. Kokko. 2006. Sex
differences in immunocompetence: what does life history theory predict? Behavioral
Stoehr, A.M. 2006. Costly melanin
synthesis: the importance of taxon? Functional Ecology 20:276-281.
Zuk, M., L.W.
Simmons, J.T. Rotenberry and A.M. Stoehr. 2004.
Sex differences in immunity in two species of field crickets. Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:627-634.
Zuk, M. and A.M. Stoehr. 2002.
Immune defense and host life history.
American Naturalist 160:S9-S22.
Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
I teach courses including but not limited to Animal Behavior, Ecology & Evolution, Zoology, Ornithology and non-majors.
Fly fishing, five-string banjo, arrowhead hunting, bird-watching