Gary Dodson

Gary Dodson

Professor Emeritus of Biology


Room:CL 121


University of New Mexico, Ph.D. 1985
University of Florida, M.S. 1978
University of Tennessee, B.S. 1976

Research Interests


Animal behavior and ecology.


  • behavioral ecology of insects, spiders and other animals; especially mating system theory, animal contest resolution, and the effects of sexual selection
  • conservation biology and the use of invertebrates in environmental monitoring
  • behavioral research in zoos (including remote access using VoIP) and zoo visitor studies

Selected Publications 

2014  Anderson, A. and Dodson, G. N.  Colour change ability and its effect on prey capture success in female Misumenoides formosipes crab spiders. Ecological Entomology (In press).

2013 Dodson, G. N., Lang, P. L., Jones, R. N., and Verspille, A. N. Specificity of attraction to floral chemistry in Misumenoides formosipes crab spiders. Journal of Arachnology 41:36-42.

2012 Dodson, G. N. and Murphy, C. Zoo and aquarium webcams: an informed view. Zoo Biology 31: 414 - 425.

2010 Stellwag, L. and Dodson, G.N. Navigation by male crab spiders Mlsumenoides formosipes (Araneae: thomisidae): floral cues may aid inlocating potential mates. Journal of Insect Behavior 23:226-335.

2008 Alcock, J. and Dodson, G.N. The diverse mating systems of hilltopping insects. American Entomologist 54(2) Summer: 80-87.

2007 Schutze, M., Yeates, D. K., Graham, G. C., and Dodson, G. Phylogenetic relationships of antlered flies, Phytalmia Gerstaecker (Diptera: Tephritidae): the evolution of antler shape and mating behaviour. Australian Journal of Entomology  46:281-293. 

2005 Dodson, G. N. A test of fluctuating asymmetry as a bioindicator of stress in antlered flies. Pacific Conservation Biology 11: 121-135.