Department of Entomology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0036
Assistant Professor, Joint
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0088
Office phone: (520) 626-8455
Lab phone: (520) 621-7033
FAX: (520) 621-1150
Chronology of Education
1990-1998 Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (minor in Entomology), University of Arizona (UA). Advisor, Dr. Nancy Moran
Dissertation Title: An empirical test of the relationship between environmental variability and phenotypic plasticity in the pallid-winged grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis)
1987-1989 M.Sc. in Zoology, Summa Cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Israel. Advisor, Dr. Eitan Tchernov
Thesis title: An ecomorphological approach to habitat subdivision between two sympatric species of Apodemus (Muridae) in Israel
1983-1986 B.Sc. in Biology, HUJ, Israel
Chronology of Employment
2009-present Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, UA
2011-present Joint Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), UA
2010-present Member, Institute of the Environment, (IE), UA
1990-present Member, Center for Insect Science, (CIS), UA
2002-2011 Assistant Research Scientist, EEB, UA
2007-2008 Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems: Organism-Environment Interactions Program and Structures, Materials and Movement Program
2007-2009 Adjunct Scientist, Department of Entomology, UA
2007 Visiting Professor (one month), Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris, France
2007 Visiting Professor (one month), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
1999-2002 Research Associate, Department of Biology, Duke University
1998-2002 Research Associate, EEB, UA
1992-1996 Teaching Assistant, EEB, UA
1990-1991 Research Assistant, EEB, UA
1989-1990 Chief Research Assistant, HUJ, Israel
1989 Lecturer, Vertebrate Zoology, Everyman’s University, Israel
1987-1988 Teaching Assistant, HUJ
1984-1986 Research Assistant, HUJ
1981-1982 Chief Conservationist, Judean Desert, The Society for Protection of Nature, Israel
1979-1982 Desert Field Guide, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Honors and Awards
2011 NSF CAREER Award
2003-2006 Four commendation letters from the Associate Dean of the College of Science at UA in recognition for being singled out by undergraduate students for having a significant positive influence on their academic career.
1998 Dean’s Fellowship, College of Science, UA
1997 Flinn Genetics Fellowship
1996 NSF Research Training Grant in Biological Diversification
1996 UA Graduate Fellowship
1995 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
1995 Flinn Genetics Summer Support Fellowship
1995 Flinn Genetics Fellowship
1994 NSF Research Training Grant in Biological Diversification Graduate Fellowship
1992 Graduate College Registration Scholarship
1991 The Benjamin Eckstein Award for the Best Masters of Science Degree in Zoology for 1990-1991, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Service and Outreach
Service to the Profession
2012 External reviewer for promotion to rank of Full professor
Journal Editorial Boards:
2012-present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Endocrinology
2011-present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Genetic Architecture
2009-present Associate Editor, Functional Ecology
2008-present Editorial Board, Open Zoology Journal
Reviews for Journals:
Acta Zoologica Sinica, The American Naturalist, Arthropod Structure & Development, Australian Journal of Botany, Annals of Botany, Biology Letters, Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Ecological Entomology, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Evolution, Evolution & Development, Evolutionary Ecology Research, Functional Ecology, Integrative and Comparative Biology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Insect Physiology, Journal of Insect Science, Naturwissenschaften, Oecologia, Oikos, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Science
Service for National Science Foundation:
2007-2008 Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Integrative and Organismal systems (IOS): Organism-Environment Interactions (OEI) Program and Structures, Materials and Movement (SMM) Program
2011 Grant review panel member Organism-Environment Interactions
2006 Grant review panel member, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology
2005 Grant review panel member, Evolutionary Genetics Panel
Reviews for Granting Agencies- National:
1999-2012 National Science Foundation: ad hoc reviews for six programs: Organism-Environment Interaction Program, Population and Evolutionary Processes Program, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Program, Population Biology Program, International Research Fellows Program, Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis Program
2007 California Department of Food and Agriculture
Reviews for Granting Agencies- International:
2012 Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
2012 Netherlands organization for Scientific Research (NOW) Holland (Earth and Life Sciences division)
2011 Agence Nationale De La Recherche (ANR) France (Biodiversité, évolution, écologie et agronomie)
University Service and Outreach
2009-2010 Chair, Peer Review Committee
2010 Chair, Institute of the Environment Hiring Initiative Ad Hoc Committee.
2010-present Curriculum Committee
2011-2012 HATCH Grant Proposal Review Committee
2011-2012 Insect Festival Committee
2010 Insect Systematics Search Committee
2010-present Curriculum Committee, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
2010-present Executive Committee, Center for Insect Science
2009-present Admissions Committee, Entomology and Insect Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (EIS-GIDP)
2004-2010 Executive Committee, EIS-GIDP
2010 Travel Awards Committee, Institute of the Environment
2010 Travel Awards Committee, Center for Insect Science
2010 Board Member, NSF ADVANCE site visit
2009 Travel Awards Committee, Center for Insect Science
2007 Chair, Program Admissions Committee, Insect Science GIDP
2007 Faculty Research Proposal Review Committee, Center for Insect Science,
2005-2006 Travel Awards Committee, Center for Insect Science
2005-2006 Chair, Admissions Committee, Insect Science GIDP
2001 Organizer, Manduca sexta Biology Symposium, Center for Insect Science
1996 Voting member (graduate student representative) EEB search committee for Evolutionary Geneticist Faculty
1995 Mentor in Native American Biology Bridge Program
1994-1995 Mentor in Undergraduate Research Training Program
2010 Invited as Adjudicator of PhD thesis, Andhra University, India. Thesis Title: "Studies on life history and larval performance of some tropical butterfly species"
2009-present Expert Consultant: The Round Table Group
2008 Consultant for The History Channel on hawkmoth evolution
2003 Judge for best student paper, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Toronto, Canada
1996 International Science and Engineering Fair, Grand Awards Judge (Zoology)
1996 Mentor for United States Congressional Volunteer Program
* based on work done as a graduate student
Refereed Journal Articles:
Von Arx M., J. Goyret, G. Davidowitz, and R.A. Raguso. (2012). Floral humidity as a reliable sensory cue for profitability assessment by nectar-foraging hawkmoths. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 9471-9476.
Davidowitz G., H.F. Nijhout, and D.A. Roff. (2012). Predicting the response to simultaneous selection: genetic architecture and physiological constraints. Evolution 66:2916-2928.
Potter K., J.L. Bronstein, and G. Davidowitz. (2012). Choice of oviposition sites by Manduca sexta and its consequences for egg and larval performance. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 144:286-293.
Miranda, V.A., G. Davidowitz, J. L. Bronstein, and S. P. Stock. (2012). The effect of insect host age and diet on the fitness of the entomopathogenic nematode - bacteria complex. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. (in press).
Barron-Gafford, G.A., U. Rascher, J.L. Bronstein, G. Davidowitz, B. Chaszar, and T.E. Huxman. (2012). Herbivory of wild Manduca sexta causes fast down-regulation of photosynthetic efficiency in Datura wrightii: an early signaling cascade visualized by chlorophyll fluorescence. Photosynthesis Research 113:249-260.
Potter K., G. Davidowitz, and H. A. Woods. (2011). Cross-stage consequences of egg temperature in the insect Manduca sexta. Functional Ecology 25:548-556.
Snell-Rood, E., G. Davidowitz, and D.R. Papaj. (2011). Reproductive tradeoffs of learning in a butterfly. Behavioral Ecology 22:291-302.
Stillwell, R.C. and G. Davidowitz. (2010). Sex differences in phenotypic plasticity of a mechanism that controls body size: implications for sexual size dimorphism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:3819-3826.
Stillwell, R.C. and G. Davidowitz. (2010). A developmental perspective on the evolution of sexual size dimorphism of a moth. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:2069-2074.
Alarcón, R., J.A. Riffell, and G. Davidowitz, J.G. Hildebrand, and J.L. Bronstein. (2010). Sex-dependent variation in the floral preferences of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. Animal Behavior 80:289-296.
Nijhout H.F., D.A. Roff and G. Davidowitz. (2010). Conflicting processes in the evolution of body size and development time. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:567-575.
Stillwell, R.C., W. Blanckenhorn, T. Teder, G. Davidowitz, and C.W. Fox. (2010). Sex differences in phenotypic plasticity of body size and variation in sexual size dimorphism – from physiology to ecology. Annual Review of Entomology 55:227-245.
Potter K., G. Davidowitz, and H.A. Woods. (2009). Insect eggs protected from high temperatures by limited homeothermy of plant leaves. Journal of Experimental Biology 212:3448-3454.
Bronstein J., T.E. Huxman, B. Horvath, M. Farabee, and G. Davidowitz. (2009). Reproductive biology of Datura wrightii: the benefits of a herbivorous pollinator. Annals of Botany 103:1435-1443.
*Davidowitz, G. (2008). Population and environmental effects on the size-fecundity relationship in a common grasshopper across an aridity gradient. Journal of Orthoptera Research 17:265-272.
Riffell, J.A., R. Alarcón, L. Abrell, G. Davidowitz, J. L. Bronstein, and J. G. Hildebrand. (2008). Behavioral consequences of innate preferences and olfactory learning in hawkmoth-flower interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 105:3404-3409.
Alarcón, R., G. Davidowitz, and J.L. Bronstein. (2008). Nectar usage in a southern Arizona hawkmoth community. Ecological Entomology 33:503-509.
Nijhout, H.F., G. Davidowitz, and D.A. Roff. (2006). A quantitative analysis of the mechanism that controls body size in Manduca sexta. Journal of Biology 5:16 1-15.
Davidowitz, G., D.A. Roff, and H.F. Nijhout. (2005). A physiological perspective on the response of body size and development time to simultaneous directional selection. Integrative and Comparative Biology 45:525-531.
Davidowitz, G. and H.F. Nijhout. (2004). The physiological basis of reaction norms: the interaction between growth rate, the duration of growth and body size. Integrative and Comparative Biology 44:443-449.
Davidowitz, G., L.J. D’Amico, and H.F. Nijhout. (2004). The effects of environmental variation on a mechanism that controls insect body size. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6:49-62.
Davidowitz, G., L.J. D’Amico, and H.F. Nijhout. (2003). Critical weight in the development of insect body size. Evolution & Development 5:188-197.
*Davidowitz, G. (2002). Does precipitation variability increase from mesic to xeric biomes? Global Ecology and Biogeography 11:143-154.
D’Amico, L.J., G. Davidowitz, and H.F. Nijhout. (2001). The developmental and physiological basis of body size evolution in an insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 268:1589-1593.
*Davidowitz, G., and M.L. Rosenzweig. (1998). The latitudinal gradient of species diversity among North American grasshoppers (Acrididae) within a single habitat: A test of the spatial heterogeneity hypothesis. Journal of Biogeography 25:553-560.
Horwitz, L.K., and G. Davidowitz. (1992). Dental pathology of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) from Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology 38:111-123.
Davidowitz, G., and Y. Leshem. (1981). Raptor migration survey in Eilat and Ein-Gedi, spring 1981. Torgos 3:9-16 (in Hebrew).
Chapters in Scholarly Books and Monographs:
Nijhout, H.F., and G. Davidowitz. (2009). The developmental-physiological basis of phenotypic plasticity. In Whitman, D. W. and T. N. Ananthakrishnan (eds.). Phenotypic Plasticity in Insects: Mechanisms and Consequences pp. 589-608. Science Publishers, Inc. Plymouth, UK.
Davidowitz G., and L. Kolska Horwitz. (2007). Inter-population variation in wild boar from Israel. In: Albarella,U. Dobney, K., Ervynck A., and Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.) Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction. pp 228-240. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Bronstein, J.L., T.E. Huxman, and G. Davidowitz. (2007). Plant-mediated effects linking herbivory and polllination. In: Ohgushi T., T.G. Craig, and P.W. Price (eds) Ecological Communities: Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs, pp.75-103. Cambridge University Press.
Nijhout, H.F., and G. Davidowitz. (2003). Developmental perspectives on phenotypic instability, canalization, and fluctuating asymmetry. In: Polak, M. (ed.) Developmental Instability (DI): Causes and Consequences pp. 3-13. Oxford University Press.
Davidowitz, G. (1999). Grasshoppers. in: S.J. Phillips and P.W. Comus (eds.) In: A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. S.J. Phillips and P.W. Comus (eds.) Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Davidowitz, G. (1990). The Mousterian rodent community of the Quneitra Valley as suggested by the recent rodent community. In: Goren-Inbar, N. (ed.) Quneitra, A Mousterian Site on the Golan Heights pp.220-223. Qedem, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Davidowitz, G., E. Tchernov and L.K. Horwitz. (1986). Faunal remains from the water-well in Tel-Mor preliminary report. in: Nir, Y. Water Level of Ancient Wells as an Indicator of Early Sea Levels and Neotectonic Changes in the Mediterranean Coastal Area of Israel. Geological Survey of Israel, report GSI/3/4/86.
Davidowitz, G. and E. Gdallison (eds). (1982). The Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, second edition pps. 220 (in Hebrew) SPNI publication.
Davidowitz G. (2013). Book Review: Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Insects. Jon F. Harrison, H. Arthur Woods, Stephen P. Roberts. Quarterly Review of Biology (in press).
Davidowitz, G. (2009). Book Review: Ecological Developmental Biology: Integrating Epigenetics, Medicine and Evolution. Scott F. Gilbert and David Epel. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:727-729.
Work in Progress
Snell-Rood, E.C., G. Davidowitz and D.R. Papaj (in review). Plasticity in learning causes immediate and trans-generational changes in energy allocation. Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Contreras, H.L., M. von Arx, J.L. Bronstein, J. Goyret, C. Pierce, R.A. Raguso, and G. Davidowitz (in review). The effect of ambient humidity on the foraging behavior of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Physiology- A.
Davidowitz G. (2014). Growth and Differentiation. in L. B. Martin, C. K. Ghalambor and H. A. Woods, Integrative Organismal Biology. Wiley and Sons. (invited).
Duong, N., T. Cao, G. Davidowitz, A. Dornhaus. (in preparation) Metabolic aging and how metabolism affects lifespan in worker bumble bees (Bombus impatiens).
Stillwell, R.C., A. Daws, and G. Davidowitz. (in revision). The ontogeny of sexual size dimorphism of a moth: when do males and females grow apart? Oecologia.
Davidowitz, G., D.A. Roff, and H.F. Nijhout. Physiological synergism and antagonism in the evolution of life histories. American Naturalist.
Helm, B.R., and G. Davidowitz. Ontogenetic scaling of insect tracheal system size influenced by diet quality. Journal of Experimental Biology.
Harrison, J. F., A. Cease, J. M. VandenBrooks, T. Albert, N. Pierce, and G. Davidowitz. Caterpillars selected for large body size and short development time are more susceptible to oxygen-related stress. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.
Thaler, J.S., H. Contreras, and G. Davidowitz. Effects of predation risk and plant resistance on Manduca sexta caterpillar feeding behavior and physiology. Ecological Entomology.
Two of our publications had commentaries written about them:
Parker J., and Johnston L.A. (2006). The proximate determinants of insect size. Journal of Biology 5:15-19, is a commentary on Nijhout et al. 2006.
Stern D. (2001). Body-size evolution: how to evolve a mammoth moth. Curr. Biol. 11:R917-R919, is a commentary on D’Amico et al. 2001.
Invited Seminar Presentations
2012 University of Arziona: Hildebrand lab grooup
2012 University of Arizona, Hexapodia: Center for Insect Science
2012 Conversations with Faculty: Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) orientation, University of Arizona
2011 Conversations with Faculty: Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) orientation, University of Arizona
2011 University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2010 University of Houston, Department of Biology and Biochemistry
2009 University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology (3 talks)
2009 University of Arizona, Department of Entomology
2009 Field Safety, Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) orientation, University of Arizona
2008 University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The NSF review process: The inside scoop
2008 Center for Insect Science (CIS), Postdoctoral Program for Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT). Securing NSF grants: some tricks and tips
2007 Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (UPMC - Paris VI), Department of Fonctionnement et Evolution des Systèmes Ecologiques, Paris, France
2007 Ecole Normale Supérieure - Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Paris, France.
2007 University of Montana, Division of Biological Sciences
2007 Field Safety, Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) orientation, University of Arizona
2006 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Department of Life Sciences
2006 University of Arizona, Department of Entomology
2006 University of Arizona, Hexapodia: Center for Insect Science
2006 Field Safety, Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) orientation, University of Arizona
2006 National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, Arlington, VA
2005 National Science Foundation, Integrative and Organismal Biology, Arlington, VA
2005 Leiden University, Netherlands, Institute of Biology
2005 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Biological Sciences
2004 University of Arizona, Department of Entomology
2004 Vanderbilt University, Department of Biology
2004 University of South Carolina, Department of Biological Sciences
2004 University of Arizona, Division of Neurobiology
2003 University of California at Riverside, Department of Biology
2002 University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2001 University of Arizona, Department of Entomology
2001 University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2000 University of Arizona, Center for Insect Science
2000 Duke University, Population Biology Seminar
1997 NEC Research Institute, Princeton NJ
1996 University of Arizona, Flinn Genetics Program Research Presentation
1996 University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
1995 University of Arizona, Center for Insect Science
Invited Symposium Presentations
2012 Entomological Society, Rehovot, Israel
2012 Symposium on insect morphometrics, Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN
2011 Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium, University of Arizona
2010 Symposium on Ecological Development, European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Paris, France
2010 Symposium on life history evolution in butterflies. 6th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies 2010 (ICBB), Alberta, Canada
2008 Symposium on Evolution and Development of Integrated Phenotypes at the International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa
2008 Symposium on Ecology and Evolution of Herbivore Pollination Systems at the International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa
2008 Invited symposium participant: Temperature, Ectotherms and Energetics, Fourth International Meeting in Africa for Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry, Mara Simba Lodge, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (declined due to civil war)
2007 Invited Expert to working group on: Thermal adaptation in ectotherms: Linking life history, physiology, behaviour and genetics. European Science Foundation (ESF), Barcelona, Spain
2006 Symposium: Ecological Stoichiometry of Terrestrial Animals, Ecological Society of America, Memphis TN
2004 Symposium: Selection Experiments as a Tool in Evolutionary and Comparative Physiology: Insights into Complex Traits, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans
2004 Symposium: The Evolution of Thermal Reaction Norms for Growth Rate and Body Size in Ectotherms. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans
2003 Symposium: Desert Ecology of Arthropods. Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch
2001 Manduca sexta Biology Symposium, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona
1994 University of Arizona, NSF Research Training Grant in Biological Diversification Symposium
Contributed Papers at Conferences
2013 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA (two posters)
2012 XVI International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC (two presentations, two posters)
2011 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Salt Lake City, UT (two presentations)
2010 Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland, OR
2010 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Seattle WA
2009 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston MA
2008 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Atlanta, GA
2006 Ecological Society of America, Memphis TN
2006 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Orlando, FL
2005 International Workshop on the Evolution of Sexual Size Dimorphism, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
2005 European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Krakow, Poland
2005 Biannual Soil Ecology Society, Chicago, IL, poster with undergraduate Benjamin Collins
2005 Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada
2005 Society for the Study of Evolution, Fairbanks, Alaska
2005 Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division of AAAS, poster with undergraduate Jenni Barker
2005 University of Arizona, Center for Insect science, Hexapodia
2004 Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR
2004 Student Showcase, University of Arizona, poster with undergraduate Rebecca Ruppel
2004 Student Showcase, University of Arizona, poster with undergraduate Kelly Mackay
2003 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Toronto, Canada
2003 Society for the Study of Evolution, Chico CA
2003 European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Leeds UK
2002 American Society of Naturalists, Banff, Canada.
2002 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Anaheim, CA
2001 Society for the Study of Evolution, Knoxville TN
2001 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, IL
2000 Society for the Study of Evolution, Bloomington, IN
1999 Society for the Study of Evolution, Madison WI
1997 Society for the Study of Evolution, Boulder CO
1996 Ecological Society of America , Providence RI
1996 Society for the Study of Evolution, St. Louis MO
1996 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Los Angeles
1995 The Fourth Annual Poster Hexapodium, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona
1995 Sixth Annual Conference of the University of Arizona Undergraduate Biology Research Program, University of Arizona.
1994 Ecological Society of America, Knoxville, TN
1994 Southwest Association of Biologists, Ghost Ranch NM
2012 Arizona Mystery Writers group
2012 Science Saturday at the Santa Rita Experimental Range
2010 Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute (SASI), Tucson, Arizona
2010 Palo Verde High School, Tucson, Arizona (5 talks)
Grants and Contracts
2011-2016 NSF, CAREER: The flight-fecundity tradeoff – functional physiology and fitness. (PI, 100% effort). $881,000.
2012-2013 NSF, Research Opportunity Award (ROA), supplement to CAREER (PI, 15% effort); in collaboration with Heidy Contreras, University of La Verne. $25,000.
2010-2011 Supplemental funding to DoD-DARPA. (PI, 100% effort). $78,124.
2010-2012 NSF, Collaborative Research: Scale and context-dependence of relative humidity to adult Manduca sexta behavior. (coPI, 50% effort); with Robert Raguso, Cornell University. $612,000.
2006-2010 DoD-DARPA, Cyborg moths: melding microelectromechanical systems with neurons for motion control in freely flying insects. (coPI- 20% effort); in collaboration with John Hildebrand and Richard Levine (UA). Joel Voldman (MIT) and Thomas Daniel (UW, Seattle). $6,230,000.
2009 NSF, Symposium on Evolution and Development of Integrated Phenotypes at the International Congress of Entomology in Durban, South Africa. (coPI, 40% effort) in collaboration with Lisa Nagy (UA) and Elizabeth Jockush University of Connecticut, Stores. $20,000.
2008-2009 NSF-ADVANCE, Mutualistic entomopathogens: A model system for studies of mutualism and multitrophic interactions. (coPI, 33% effort) in collaboration with Patricia Stock and Judith Bronstein (UA). $34,933.
2003-2006 NSF, A model for species interactions: costs and benefits of linked herbivory/pollination in Datura wrightii and Manduca sexta (coPI, 33% effort) in collaboration with Judith Bronstein and Travis Huxman (UA). $474,000.
2002-2005 NSF, The Physiological Regulation of Simultaneously Selected Traits (PI, 60% effort) in collaboration with Fred Nijhout (Duke) and Derek Roff (UC Riverside). $585,399.
2006 Supplemental Funding to: NSF, The Physiological Regulation of Simultaneously Selected Traits (PI, 100% effort). $39,048.
1999-2003 NSF, The Role of Development in Reaction Norm Evolution (coPI, 50% effort) in collaboration with Fred Nijhout (Duke University). $270,000.
1995 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (PI, 100% effort). $8000.
University of Arizona:
2012-2013 Institute of the Environment (UA) Faculty Exploratory Research Grant: Linking physiology and climate change (PI, 100% effort). $10,000.
2008 Center for Insect Science (CIS) seed grant. Oviposition site choice: From neurons to selection. (coPI, 20% effort) in collaboration with Leif Abrell, Judith Bronstein, John Hildebrand, Travis Huxman, Jeff Riffell (UA). $10,000.
2005 CATTS fellowship for Insect Discovery (coPI, 50%) in collaboration with Kristen Potter. $32,000.
Total funding $9,309,504
Total funding to University of Arizona $4,363,227
Total funding to UA since start of Assistant Professor position (2009) $1,606,124
Total funding to Davidowitz since start of Assistant Professor position (2009) $1,333,562
2011 Jennifer Thaler, Cornell University
Extent of Teaching
2010 ENTO415/EIS515, Insect Biology (With David Byrne and Xianchun Li). 23 students.
2011 ENTO 401/EIS501, Ecological Physiology. 14 students.
ENTO415/EIS515, Insect Biology (With Kathleen Walker and Xianchun Li). 24 students.
2012 ENTO 401/EIS501, Ecological Physiology. 20 students.
ENTO415/EIS515, Insect Biology (With Kathleen Walker and Xianchun Li). 28 students.
Fundamentals in Ecology Core Course (ECOL 600B): 2003. 2004, 2005, 2007
Topics in Social Insect Biology (ECOL 497S/597S): 2010
Individual Student Contact
Honors Research Supervision:
2012 Undergraduate Honors Program for Clayton Pierce
2006 Undergraduate Honors Program for Suzanne Steinberg
2006 Undergraduate Honors Program for Brianne Kiley
Bryan Helm (EEB)
Nhi Duong (EIS)
Jaika Ojha (EIS)
Cristina Francois (EIS)
Kristen Potter (co-advisor) 2010. Life on a leaf: Causes and consequences of oviposition- site choice in Manduca sexta. Kristen Potter is currently a postdoc at Arizona State University.
Chan Lin (EIS)
Daniel Charbonneau (EIS)
Ginny Fitzpatrick (EEB)
Joseph Deas (EIS)
Lisa Wang (EEB)
Matthew Nielsen (EEB)
Pedro Rodrigues (EIS)
Eileen Jeffrey (EIS)
Emilie Snell-Rood (EEB)
Matthew Herron (EEB)
Christopher Bibbs (EIS)
Jason Schaller (EIS)
Aaron Beyerlein (EIS)
Victoria Miranda (Entomology)
Graduate Independent Studies:
2012-present, Martin von Arx, NSF grant: Scale and context-dependence of relative humidity to adult Manduca sexta behavior.
2012-present, Chandreyee Mitra, PERT Fellowship (NIH): Mud puddling in butterflies: An example of sexually selected male provided direct benefit?
2007-2010, Craig R. Stillwell, PERT Fellowship (NIH): The Ontogeny and Developmental Physiology of Sexual Size Dimorphism. Stillwell is a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University.
2009-2011, Heidy A. Contreras, NSF grant: Scale and context-dependence of relative humidity to adult Manduca sexta behavior
2011, Bernard Wone, NSf grant: CAREER: The flight-fecundity tradeoff - functional physiology and fitness