Dr. Chad Hoefler

Assistant Professor of Biology

Hoefler earned a B.S. in Biological Science from Ohio University, an M.S. in Biology from Ball State University, and a joint Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Miami University.

He is a behavioral/evolutionary ecologist, whose avenue of research has been influenced primarily by his interests in sexual selection and mating systems theory. His research program combines experimental approaches in the laboratory and field and falls into three general areas of inquiry: (1) studies of the underlying factors that affect male and female mate choice, (2) investigations of the evolutionarily meaningful costs and benefits of sexual behaviors, and (3) explorations of the interplay between intra- and inter-sexual selection. For these studies, Hoefler has concentrated on spiders as study organisms because of the many advantages they provide in hypothesis testing: they are locally abundant; easy to maintain in the laboratory in large numbers; are amendable to experimental manipulation; and have short generation times, which provides a more convenient timeframe for addressing questions couched in an evolutionary framework.

Representative Publications

  • Hoefler, C.D., Guhanarayan, G., Persons, M.H., & A.L. Rypstra. (in press) "The interaction of female condition and mating status on male-male aggression in a wolf spider." Ethology.
  • Hoefler, C.D., Persons, M.H., & A.L. Rypstra. 2008. "Evolutionarily costly courtship displays in a wolf spider: a test of viability indicator theory." Behavioral Ecology 19:974-979.
  • Hoefler, C.D. 2008. "The costs of male courtship and the potential benefits of male choice for large mates in Phidippus clarus (Araneae, Salticidae)." Journal of Arachnology 36(1):210-212.
  • Hoefler, C.D. 2007. "Male mate choice and size-assortative pairing in a jumping spider." Animal Behaviour 73:943-954.
  • Hoefler, C.D., A. Chen, & E.M. Jakob. 2006. "The potential of a jumping spider (Phidippus clarus) as a biocontrol agent." Journal of Economic Entomology 99(2): 432-436.
    Hoefler, C.D., & E.M. Jakob.  2006. "Jumping spiders in space: Movement patterns, nest site fidelity, and the use of beacons." Animal Behaviour 71:109-116.
  • Jakob, E.M. & C.D. Hoefler. 2003. "Learning to be winners and losers: Agonistic behavior in crayfish." In: Exploring Animal Behavior in the Laboratory and Field. B.J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa Eds. Academic Press.
  • Hoefler, C.D. 2002. "Is contest experience a trump card? The interaction of residency status, experience, and body size on fighting success in Misumenoides formosipes (Araneae: Thomisidae)." Journal of Insect Behavior 15(6): 779-790.
  • Hoefler, C.D., M. Taylor, & E.M. Jakob. 2002. "Chemosensory response to prey in Phidippus audax (Araneae, Salticidae) and Pardosa milvina (Araneae, Lycosidae)." The Journal of Arachnology 30:155-158.
  • Blackburn, L.M., C.D. Hoefler, & P. Nanjappa. 2002. "Natural History Note: Acris crepitans blanchardi (Blanchard's cricket frog)." Predation. Herpetological Review 33(4):299.
  • Hoefler, C.D. & M.R. Morris. 1999. "A technique for the temporary application and augmentation of pigment patterns in fish." Ethology 105:431-438.

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