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MATTHIAS W FOELLMER

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

BIOLOGY

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Diplomas/Degrees

PhD, Concordia University, Montreal (2004)
BSc (German Diploma), Freie Universität Berlin (1996)

Research Interests

General research area: Evolutionary Ecology
See my personal web page (the link is above the portrait picture) for detailed information on my research interests and research opportunities in my lab.

Grants/Sponsored Research

2012 – 2013 $4,165 Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant
2010 – 2011 $1200 Frederick Bettelheim Award (May 3, 2010) for the project Sexual cannibalism in the orb-web spider Argiope aurantia
2010 – 2011 $3500 Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant
2008 – 2009 $3000 Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant
2006 – 2011 $106,000 Discovery Grant, NSERC, title: “The evolutionary significance of extreme sexual size dimorphism in orb-web spiders”

Book Chapters

Moya-Laraño J, Foellmer MW, Pekár S, Arnedo MA, Bilde T and Lubin Y (2013). Evolutionary Ecology: linking traits, selective pressures and ecological functions. In Penney, D (Eds.). Spider Research in the 21st Century. (pp. 112-153). Manchester, United Kingdom: Siri Scientific Press.

Foellmer MW and Moya-Laraño J (2007). Sexual size dimorphism in spiders: patterns and processes. In D. J. Fairbairn, W. U. Blanckenhorn and T. Szekely (Eds.). Sex, Size and Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism. (pp. 71-81). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Refereed Articles

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Foellmer MW and Khadka KK (2013), Does personality explain variation in the probability of sexual cannibalism in the orb-web spider Argiope aurantia? Behaviour, 150, 1731 – 1746.

Khadka KK, Shek J, Hoffman J, & Vulin R & Foellmer MW (2012), Longer Antennae for Romeo: Assessing Effect of Antennae Length on Courtship and Mating Success in Male Crickets, Acheta domesticus (Orthoptera, Gryllidae). Journal of Insect Behavior, 25, 96-103.

Foellmer MW, Marson M and Moya-Laraño J (2011), Running performance as a function of body size, leg length and angle of incline in male orb-web spiders, Argiope aurantia. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 13, 513-526.

Inkpen SA and Foellmer MW (2010), Sex-specific foraging behaviours and growth rates in juveniles contribute to the development of extreme sexual size dimorphism in a spider. The Open Ecology Journal, 3, 59-70.

Moya-Laraño J, Vinkovic D, Allard C and Foellmer MW (2009), Optimal climbing speed explains the evolution of extreme sexual size dimorphism in spiders. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22, 954-963.

Foellmer MW (2008), Broken genitals function as mating plugs and affect sex ratios in the orb-web spider Argiope aurantia. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 10, 449-462.

Moya-Laraño J, Vinkoviç D, Allard C and Foellmer MW (2007), Sex differences in climbing patterns support the gravity hypothesis of sexual size dimorphism. Web Ecology, 7, 106-112.

Moya-Laraño J, Vinkoviç D, Allard C and Foellmer MW (2007), Gravity still matters. Functional Ecology, 21, 1178-1181.

Blanckenhorn WU, Dixon AFG, Fairbairn DJ, Foellmer MW, Gibert P, van der Linde K, Meier R, Nylin S, Pitnick S, Schoff C, Signorelli M, Teder T and Wiklund C (2007), Proximate causes of Rensch’s rule: Does sexual size dimorphism in arthropods result from sex differences in development time? American Naturalist, 169(2), 245-257.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2005), Competing dwarf males: sexual selection in an orb-weaving spider. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 18, 629-641.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2005), Selection on male size, leg length and condition during mate search in a sexually highly dimorphic orb-weaving spider. Oecologia, 142, 653-662.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2004), Males under attack: sexual cannibalism and its consequences for male morphology and behaviour in an orb-weaving spider. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 6, 163-181.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2003), Spontaneous male death during copulation in an orb-weaving spider. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B (Suppl.), 270, S183-S185.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Foellmer MW (2010, August). Striking examples of “dead-end” evolutionary pathways. Humboldt Field Research Institute, ME.

Foellmer MW (2009, July). News from the wonderful world of spiders. Humboldt Field Research Institute, ME.

Foellmer MW (2008, October). The evolutionary significance of extreme sexual size dimorphism in spiders. Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Foellmer MW (2006, December). The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in spiders. Trent University, Peterborough, ON.

Foellmer MW (2006, November). The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in spiders. University of Toronto at Scarborough, ON.

Foellmer MW and Moya-Laraño (2006, November). Sexual size dimorphism in spiders: patterns and processes. Joint meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Société d’entomologie du Québec; arachnid symposium. Montreal, QC.

Foellmer MW (2005, August). Sexual selection in a highly dimorphic orb-weaving spider. International Workshop: The Evolution of Sexual Size Dimorphism. Ascona, Switzerland.

Foellmer MW (2002, May). On the evolution and maintenance of extreme sexual size dimorphism in orb-weaving spiders: selection on males. University of California at Riverside.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Foellmer MW (2013). The effects of vegetation density, morphology and condition on mate search success in male Argiope trifasciata. In 19th International Arachnology Conference. Kenting, Taiwan, Province of China.

Foellmer MW and Khadka KK (2012). Personality explains variation in the probability of sexual cannibalism in an orb-web spider. In 14th International Behavioral Ecology Congres. Lund, Sweden.

Foellmer MW, Pereira D and Moya Laraño J (2011). Complex selection on morphology and condition during mate search on males of a sexually highly dimorphic orb-web spider. In 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Tübingen, Germany.

Foellmer MW, Marson M and Moya-Laraño J (2010). Testing the revised gravity hypothesis for body size evolution in a highly dimorphic orb-web spider: larger dwarfs climb faster. In International Arachnology Conference. Siedcle, Poland.

Foellmer MW and Inkpen SA (2008). Sex-specific foraging strategies and growth rates in early juveniles mediate the development of extreme female-biased sexual size dimorphism in a spider. In Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Inkpen SA and Foellmer MW (2007). Web design as an indicator of sex-specific foraging strategies in juveniles of the highly dimorphic orb-web spider Argiope aurantia. In International Ethological Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax.

Foellmer MW and Moya-Laraño J (2007). Sexual size dimorphism in spiders: a research update. In First annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. University of Toronto.

Inkpen SA and Foellmer MW (2007). Web design as an indicator of sex-specific foraging strategies in juveniles of the highly dimorphic orb-web spider Argiope aurantia. In First annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. University of Toronto.

Moya-Laraño J and Foellmer MW 2006 (2006). Sexual size dimorphism in spiders. In 23rd European Colloquium of Arachnology; symposium on spider sex. Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.

Foellmer MW (2006). Is extreme sexual size dimorphism mediated by sex-specific foraging and anti-predatory behaviours in early juvenile stages? In Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Tours, France.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2004). Sexual dimorphism and sexual selection in a highly dimorphic orb-weaving spider. In 22nd International Congress of Entomology. Brisbane, Australia.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2003). A happy ending? Sudden death during sex in males of an orb-weaving spider. In Annual meeting of the Société Québécoise pour l’Étude Biologique Comportement. Montreal, QC.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2002). Males under attack: sexual cannibalism leads to selection for extremely short copulation duration while male body size is neutral in the orb-weaving spider Argiope aurantia. In Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Université du Québec à Montréal, QC.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2002). Sexual selection favors large size in dwarf males in an orb-weaving spider. In Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Foellmer MW and Fairbairn DJ (2002). Sexual selection favors large body size during opportunistic mating in male Argiope aurantia. In Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society. University of California at Riverside, CA.

Foellmer MW (2001). Sexual cannibalism and its consequences for male Argiope aurantia. In Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society. Keene State College, NH.


Professional Activities

Subject editor for Web Ecology (issued by the European Ecological Federation in cooperation with the Oikos Editorial Office, Lund, Sweden)

Reviewer for American Naturalist, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biology Letters, BMC Research Notes, Ethology, Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Arachnology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Naturwissenschaften, Oecologia, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Web Ecology