- Faculty & Staff
William D. Brown
Department of Biology
132 Science Center
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3620
Fax: (716) 673-3493
Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University 1998-2001
Swiss NFS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Lausanne 1995-1998
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University 1994-1995
PhD Zoology/Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto 1994
MS Zoology, Arizona State University 1989
BSc Biology, Simon Fraser University 1987
Courses Taught at Fredonia
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology
BIOL 330/331 Ecology & Lab
BIOL 412 Sociobiology
BIOL 421 Biological Conservation
BIOL 447 Evolution
I use a broad variety of insects to study animal communication and decision-making. Recent projects include sexual conflict in praying mantises, signal honesty in cricket songs, male reproductive investment in tree crickets, and sex allocation in ants.
Recent Publications full list here
Brown, W. D., Muntz, G. & Ladowski, A. 2012. Low mate encounter rate increases male risk taking in a sexual cannibal. PLoS One 7: e35377 (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0035377). Covered in Huffington Post April 26, 2012, LiveScience April 25, 2012).
Brown, W. D. 2011. Allocation of nuptial gifts in tree crickets changes with both male and female diet. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1007-1014 (DOI: 10.1007/s00265-010-1105-y).
Tuzzolino, K. E. & Brown, W. D. 2010. Effects of nest size and dispersion on brood production in a North American population of wood ant, Formica fusca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomological Science 13 162-165.
Anderson, A. L. & Brown, W. D. 2009. Plasticity of hatching in green frogs (Rana clamitans) to both egg and tadpole predators. Herpetologica 65: 207-213.
Lelito, J.P., Brown, W.D. 2008. Mate Attraction by females in a sexually cannibalistic praying mantis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 313-320.
Brown, W. D. 2008. Size-biased mating in both sexes of the black-horned tree cricket, Oecanthus nigricornis Walker (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Oecanthinae). Journal of Insect Behavior 21: 130-142.
Brown, W. D., Chimenti, A. J., Siebert J. R. 2007. The payoff of fighting in house crickets: motivational asymmetry increases male aggression and mating success. Ethology 113: 457-465.
Lelito, J.P., Brown, W.D. 2006. Complicity or conflict over sexual cannibalism? Male risk-taking in the praying mantis Tenodera aridifolia sinensis. The American Naturalist 168: 263-269. New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Loom
Brown, W.D., Keller, L. 2006. Resource supplements cause a change in colony sex-ratio specialization in the mound-building ant Formica exsecta. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60: 612-618.
Brown, W. D., Smith, A.T., Moskalik, B. & Gabriel, J. 2006. Aggressive contests in house crickets: size, motivation and the information content of aggressive songs. Animal Behaviour 72: 225-233.