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Entomology: Personnel

Entomology Faculty

Patricia J. Moore

Professor of Entomology
Athens Campus
Ph.D., University of Colorado, USA, 1988

Contact Information

Address: Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
413 Biological Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-2603

Phone: (706) 542-0169
Fax: (706) 542-2279
Email: pjmoore@uga.edu

Dr. Moore

Research Interests

My research focuses on the area of evolutionary ecology and development. I am particularly interested in the role of developmental mechanisms in sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects. My training is in cell and developmental biology and I apply these tools to evolutionary questions. Thus my lab uses a variety of approaches including behavioural observations, cell biology and microscopy, and quantitative genetics to investigate these questions. Much of my research has focused on two areas, evolution of male reproductive strategies in different social contexts and how early reproductive experiences shape lifetime reproductive success in females in a cockroach, Nauphoeta cinerea.

My current research is working to understand how nutritional environment underlies life history trade-offs, reproductive strategies, and behavior in both males and females of the milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus. There is a wealth of knowledge about the evolutionary ecology and population genetics in these insects. But unlike many other insect species for which this sort of data exists, Oncopeltus is also becoming a model system for developmental genetics, and the standard “molecular toolbox” is available for exploring the molecular physiological mechanisms underlying these trade-offs.

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Selected Publications

Attisano, A., A.J. Moore and P.J. Moore. 2012. Dietary modulation of the reproducton-longevity evolutionary trade-off. J. Evolutionary Biology, in press.

Moore, P.J. and A. Attisano. 2011. Oosorption under food stress: complexity in the trade-off between reproduction and survival. Ecology & Evolution 1: 37-45 (doi: 10.1002/ece3.4).

Edvardsson, M., J. Hunt, A.J. Moore, and P.J. Moore. 2009. Quantitative genetic variation in the control of apoptosis under different environments. Heredity 103: 217-222.

Barrett, E.L.L.B., J. Hunt, A. J. Moore and P. J. Moore. 2009. Effects of nutrition during juvenile and sexual development on female life-history trajectories: the thrifty phenotype in a cockroach. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276: 3257-3264.

Barrett, E.L.L.B., A. J. Moore and P. J. Moore. 2009. Diet and social conditions during sexual maturation have unpredictable influences on female life history trade-offs. J. Evolutionary Biology 22: 571-581.

Barrett, E.L.B., R.G. Preziosi, A.J. Moore, and P.J. Moore. 2008. Effects of mating delay and nutritional signals on resource recycling in a cyclically breeding cockroach. J. Insect Physiology: 54: 25-31.

Moore, P.J., W.E. Harris, and A.J. Moore. 2007. The cost of keeping eggs fresh: quantitative genetic variation in females that mate late relative to sexual maturation. American Naturalist 169: 311-322.

Moore, P.J. and S. Sharma. 2005. A delay in age at first mating results in loss of future reproductive potential via apoptosis. Evolution & Development 7: 216-222.

Harris, W.E. and P.J. Moore. 2005. Female mate preference and sexual conflict: females prefer males that have had fewer consorts. American Naturalist 165: S64-S71.

Moore, P.J., W.E. Harris, V.T. Montrose, D. Levin, and A.J. Moore. Constraints on evolution and post-copulatory sexual selection: trade-offs among ejaculate characteristics. Evolution 58: 1773-1780.

Moore, P.J. and S. Sharma. 2005. A delay in age at first mating results in loss of future reproductive potential via apoptosis. Evolution & Development 7: 216-222.

Harris, W.E. and P.J. Moore. 2005. Females prefer males that have had fewer consorts. American Naturalist 165: S64-S71.

Moore, P.J., W.E. Harris, V.T. Montrose, D. Levin, and A.J. Moore. 2004. Constraints on evolution and post-copulatory sexual selection: trade-offs among ejaculate characteristics. Evolution 58: 1773-1780.

Montrose, V.T., W.E. Harris and P.J. Moore. 2004. Sexual conflict and cooperation under naturally occurring male enforced monogamy. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17: 443-452.

Moore, P.J. and A.J. Moore. 2003. Developmental flexibility and the effect of social environment on fertility and fecundity in parthenogenetic reproduction. Evolution and Development, 5: 163-168.

Moore, P. J. and A. J. Moore. 2001. Reproductive ageing and mating: the ticking of the biological clock in female cockroaches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
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: 9171-9176.


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