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Cole Gilbert

Cole Gilbert

Professor

6136 Comstock
(607) 255-8152

Research Focus

Research continues into arthropod visual behavior, especially with beetles and spiders. New projects involve characterization of neurotoxins in the spit of a predatory bug.

My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of behavior in arthropods. We ask questions about how the nervous system integrates sensory information, primarily visual, auditory, and proprioceptive, to produce adaptive behaviors. Moreover, several projects in the lab take an evolutionary approach to the function of sense organs.

My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of behavior in arthropods. We ask questions about how the nervous system integrates sensory information, primarily visual, auditory, and proprioceptive, to produce adaptive behaviors. Moreover, several projects in the lab take an evolutionary approach to the function of sense organs.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Although I do not have a formal outreach/extension appointment, I recognize the value of such activities. Thus, I identify images of arthropods submitted to the New York Conservationist Magazine. I have also published articles there. Additionally, I give workshops in insect biology for New York State Master Naturalists.

Teaching Focus

I co-teach the Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology course.

I teach an introductory level course on insect biology in even fall semesters.

I teach in the Evolution & Biodiversity course. My responsibility is the animal Tree of Life. I teach in fall and spring semesters.

I teach a two-week module with lab in an upper level course on insect physiology in even spring semesters.

Awards and Honors

  • Richards-Hodson Lectureship in Insect Physiology (2014) University of Minnesota
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010) State University of New York

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Physiological and behavioral adaptions for group-living in prolonged subsocial huntsman spiders (Sparassidae) . Entomology Society of America. November 2017. Entomology Society of America. Denver, CO.