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Michael Henshaw

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Email
henshawm@gvsu.edu

Title
Associate Professor

Office Address
3390H Kindschi Hall of Science

Office Phone
616-331-2118

Areas of Expertise
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Animal Behavior, Molecular Ecology

Professional Societies

Animal Behavior Society
American Arachnology Association

Courses Taught at GVSU

BIO 352 Animal Behavior
BIO 495 Perspectives in Biology
Teach Together – open to collaborative teaching

Research Interests

I am a behavioral ecologist working at the interface of ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior.  Most of my projects with students focus on the jumping spider Phidippus audax. Recent and current projects include investigations of the genetic structure of populations, which can reveal aspects of their evolutionary history, studies examining their overwintering strategies, including their capacity to supercool (cool below 0 Celsius without freezing), behavioral studies of how they use space in a 3-d maze, and characterizations of their mating system.

Education

Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 2000
M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 1998
B.S. Biology, Grand Valley State University, 1994

Select Publications

Henshaw, M., Woller-Skar, M. Megan, & Pence, A. N. (2014). Multiple queens and biased sex ratios in the independent-founding Ropalidia Guérin-Méneville, 1831 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) wasps. Austral Entomology, doi: 10.1111/aen.12097

Toth, A. L., Tooker, J. F., Radhakrishnan, S., Minard, R., Henshaw, M., & Grozinger, C. M. (2013). Shared genes related to aggression, rather than chemical communication, are associated with reproductive dominance in paper wasps (Polistes metricus). BMC Genomics, 15, 75, doi: doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-75

Toth, A. L., Varala, K., Henshaw, M., Rodriguez-Zas, S. L., Hudson, M. E., & Robinson, G. E. (2012). Brain transcriptome analysis in paper wasps identifies genes associated with behaviour across social insect lineages. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, 277(1691), 2139-2148

Recent Presentations

Henshaw, M., Beltz, B. Student Scholars Day, GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, Allendale, MI, "Evidence for genetic differentiation in the bold jumping spider, Phidippus audax", Accepted. (April 12, 2017).

Henshaw, M., Hamel, E.  Student Scholars Day, GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, Allendale, MI, "“Springers” do Jerry Springer: Paternity Testing in Jumping Spiders to Assess Mating Frequency", Academic, Accepted. (April 12, 2017).

Henshaw, M., Noordyke, E. Kayfish, A. , Martin, S. (Presenter & Author), Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, "A Behavioral Study of Phidippus audax: Preference for Height, Connected Location, and Grid Location", Academic, Accepted. (March 18, 2017).

Henshaw, M., Hamel, E. Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, "Springs do Jerry Springer: Paternity testing in jumping spiders to assess mating frequency", Academic, Accepted. (March 18, 2017).

Henshaw, M., Beltz, B. 20th International Congress of Arachnology, American Arachnology Society, Golden, CO, "Population Genetics Structure of the Bold Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax: evidence for distinct forms", published in proceedings, Accepted. (July 6, 2016).

Henshaw, M. , Noordyke, E., Kayfish, A., Martin, S. , Student Scholar Days, GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, Allendale, MI, "A Behavioral Study of Phidippus audax: Preference for Height, Connected Location, and Grid Location", Academic, Accepted. (April 13, 2016).

Henshaw, M. , Anderson, K. , Gailbraith, C. (Presenter & Author), Shaver, N. (Presenter & Author), Student Scholars Day, GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, Allendale, MI, "A Review of Over Wintering in Phidippus audax", Academic, Accepted. (April 13, 2016).

Henshaw, M. , Hamel, E., Williams, Z. (Presenter & Author), Gauthier, C. (Presenter & Author), Student Scholars Day, GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, Allendale, MI, "Substrate Preferences and Use in the Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax", Academic, Accepted. (April 13, 2016).

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