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Stoehr, Andrew

Assistant Professor - Biology
Biological Sciences


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

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), Blackwell.

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, Eds), Springer.

Stoehr, A.M. and H. Goux. 2008. Seasonal phenotypic plasticity of wing melanisation in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae L. (Lepidoptera: Pieridae).  Ecological Entomology 33:137-143.

Stoehr, A.M. 2007. Inter- and intra-sexual variation in immune defence in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae L. (Lepidoptera: Pieridae).  Ecological Entomology 32:188-193.

Stoehr, A.M. and H. Kokko. 2006. Sex differences in immunocompetence: what does life history theory predict? Behavioral Ecology 17:751-756.

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.

Personal Hobbies
Fly fishing, five-string banjo, arrowhead hunting, bird-watching




Ph.D. University of California - Riverside

M.S. Auburn University

B.S. Indiana University 


Professional Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Butler University, August 2012 - present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University, September 2010 - May 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, August 2006 - August 2010