A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Aaron Sullivan

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology

  • 585-567-9289 ext #2890
  • Paine 308
  • Biology
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Education

  • Ph.D. Binghamton University – State University of New York (2004)
  • M.S. Southwest Missouri State University (1999)
  • B.S. Mount Vernon Nazarene University (1997)

Courses Taught

  • Animal Behavior (BIOL 396)
  • Animal Ecology (BIOL 364)
  • Collaborative Research (BIOL 395)
  • Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 372)
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 231)
  • Fundamentals of Human Biology (BIOL 103)
  • General Biology I (BIOL 151)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 218)
  • Introduction to Research (BIOL 281)
  • Senior Capstone (BIOL 482)

Research Interests

I am interested in several aspects of chemically-mediated predator-prey interactions: First, what ecological factors influence the differential responses of prey to cues from predators foraging on different prey species? Second, are there geographic differences in the responses of a prey species to chemical cues from predators? Third, are prey species capable of modifying their defense response through learning from experience?

Awards and Grants

  • Summer Research Institute Award Recipient, Houghton College
  • Moreland Research Professor, Houghton College Distinguished Dissertation Award, Binghamton University
  • Departmental Exemplary Progress Award, Binghamton University
  • Excellence in Research Award, Binghamton University
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Binghamton University
  • NSF DDIG, Binghamton University
  • Graduate Scholars Fellowship, Binghamton University
  • Szymanski Travel Award, Binghamton University
  • Semester Research Fellowship, Binghamton University
  • Departmental Summer Research Award, Binghamton University
  • Tuition Scholarship, Binghamton University
  • Outstanding Research Presentation, Missouri State University
  • Tuition Scholarship, Missouri State University

Publications

  • Sullivan, A.M., Curran, C.D.*, Gardner, H.M.*, Hiers, A.G.* & Hummelman, J.S.* In preparation. Antipredator responses of larval black flies (Simulium vittatum s. s.) to tactile and chemical stimuli associated with predation.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Curran, C.D.*, Gardner, H.M.*, Hiers, A.G.* & Hummelman, J.S.* In review. Chemically-mediated antipredator responses by larval black flies (Simulium vittatum s. s.) during field trials.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Miedema, K.L.*, Hiers, A.G.*, Hummelman, J.S.* & Damcott, J.A.* Accepted. A field evaluation of larval black fly (Simulium vittatum s. s.) responses to damage-released cues from conspecifics. American Midland Naturalist.
  • Sullivan, A.M. & Jensen, G.* In review. A study of the sensitivity of red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) to damage-released cues from conspecifics. Journal of Herpetology.
  • Rohr, J.R., Park, D., Sullivan, A.M., McKenna, M., Propper, C.R. & Madison, D.M. 2005. Field evidence and isolation of an amphibian male-male sexual repellent. Behavioral Ecology, 16, 286-293.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Picard, A.L. & Madison, D.M. 2005. To avoid or not avoid? Factors influencing predator-diet discrimination by a terrestrial salamander. Animal Behaviour, 69, 1425-1433.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Madison, D.M. & Maerz, J.C. 2005. Nocturnal shift in the antipredator response to predator chemical cues: laboratory and field trials. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates X. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. D. Maller-Schwarze, eds. Kluwer / Plenum / Academic Press, New York.
  • Madison, D.M., Maerz, J.C. & Sullivan, A.M. 2005. Decline in avoidance of predator chemical cues: habituation or biorhythm shift? In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates X. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Maller-Schwarze, eds. Kluwer / Plenum / Academic Press, New York.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Madison, D.M. & Rohr, J.R. 2004. The response of three plethodontid salamander species to diet-related predator cues. Herpetologica, 60, 401-408.
  • Rohr, J.R., Madison, D.M. & Sullivan, A.M. 2003. On temporal variation and conflicting selection pressures: a test of theory using newts. Ecology, 84, 1816-1826.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Madison, D.M. & Rohr, J.R. 2003. Behavioural responses by red-backed salamanders to conspecific and heterospecific cues. Behaviour, 140, 553-564.
  • Madison, D.M., Sullivan, A.M., Maerz, J.C., McDarby, J.H. & Rohr, J.R. 2002. A complex, cross-taxon, chemical releaser of anti-predator behavior in amphibians. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 28, 2271-2282.
  • Rohr, J.R., Madison, D.M. & Sullivan, A.M. 2002. Sex differences and seasonal trade-offs in response to conspecific and alarm chemicals in red-spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology, 52, 385-393.
  • Rohr, J.R., Madison, D.M. & Sullivan, A.M. 2002. The ontogeny of chemically-mediated antipredator behaviours in newts (Notophthalmus viridescens): Responses to injured and non-injured conspecifics. Behaviour, 139, 1043-1060.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Maerz, J.C. & Madison, D.M. 2002. Antipredator response of red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) to chemical cues from garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis): laboratory and field experiments. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 51, 227-233.
  • Frese, P.W. & Sullivan, A.M. 2000. Rana areolata circulosa (Northern Crawfish Frog) vocalization. Herpetological Review, 31, 101.
  • Sullivan, A.M., Frese, P.W. & Mathis, A. 2000. Does the aquatic salamander, Siren intermedia, respond to chemical cues from prey? Journal of Herpetology, 34, 609-613.

*Indicates Houghton College undergraduate student