Research

 
 


 

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My research interests are wide-ranging within animal behavior and behavioral ecology.  My research covers mating systems, social behavior, aggressive behavior, and the selection of locations and habitats (for breeding, foraging, or roosting habitat).  In particular, I am interested in how an individual's previous experience affects these aspects of its behavior.

I frequently develop theoretical models that I then test on an appropriate study system.  I have worked on a variety of taxa, but prefer to work with arthropods if they are suitable for the question being studied. Although I prefer the undergraduate students that work with me eventually pursue a complete, independent project, they are able to be as involved in my research as their interest levels and schedules permit.  Graduate students typically develop a project within one of the several systems studied in my lab.

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M.S. Research Assistantship Opportunity

M.S. Research Assistantship available for USDA-supported project on the behavioral ecology of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).  Position will start in August 2007. Applicants must meet admission requirements for the EIU Biological Sciences graduate program.  Salary: $12,000 per year plus full tuition waiver.  If interested, send (via email) by January 15, 2007: (1) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, short-term and long-term goals, (2) a CV or resume, (3) unofficial transcripts, (4) GRE scores and (5) contact information for 3 references to:  Paul V. Switzer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL  61920, 217-581-6951, pvswitzer@eiu.edu; feel free to email for more information.  The Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University has a strong tradition of organismal biology and many of our faculty share interests in animal behavior, ecology, entomology, and evolution.




Undergraduate Research Assistantships for Summer 2007

Undergraduate Research Assistantships are available for USDA-supported project on the behavioral ecology of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).  Position will start in June 2007.  A stipend of $3000 is available.  If interested, send (via email) by March 15, 2007: (1) a cover letter summarizing your background, relevant experience, and interests, (2) a CV or resume, (3) contact information for 3 references to:  Paul V. Switzer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL  61920, 217-581-6951, pvswitzer@eiu.edu; feel free to email for more information.