Biology: Dr. Moore
Dr. Paul A. Moore


Dr. Paul A. Moore
Ph. D., Boston University
Office:     226 Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-8556
Chemical ecology and behavior of aquatic organisms
Research and Personal Home Page

Research Interests:

The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology is a multi-disciplinary lab that is interested in any questions concerning sensory behavior, evolution, physiology, and ecology. Most of our current projects are centered on understanding the role that chemical signals play in an organism's ecological role. We have projects that range from understanding the physics behind antennae design, predator avoidance, selection of habitats and mates, dominance hierarchies and other social behaviors to analyzing the chemical composition of these signals. Many aquatic animals use chemical signals to make important ecological decisions and our ultimate goal is to understand the role that chemicals play in mediating behavior and ecological interactions. Our work is truly multi-disciplinary and combines techniques from Physics to Chemistry to Psychology to classic Ethology and uses equipment designed for laboratory, field work and oceanic work. The laboratory is collaborating with researchers in Woods Hole, Stony Brook, NY, Berkeley, Milwaukee, and the Bahamas.

Selected Publications:

Fero, K.C., and Moore, P.A. (2014) Resource distribution and social status influence habitat choice in crayfish, Orconectes virilis. Behaviour. 151:103-123.

Moore, P.A., and Kraus-Epley, K.E. (2013) The impact of odour and ambient flow speed on the kinematics of the crayfish antennular flick: implications for sampling turbulent odour plumes. Journal of Crustacean Biology 33(6): 772-783.

Belanger, R.M., and Moore, P.A. (2013). A comparative analysis of setae on the pereiopods of reproductive male and female Orconectes rusticus (Decapoda: Astacidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology. 33(3):309-316.

Martin, III, A.L and Moore, P.A. (2010) The influence of reproductive state on the agonistic interactions between male and female crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. Behaviour 147:1309-1325.

Percival, D.T., and Moore, P.A. (2010) Shelter size influences self-assessment of size in crayfish, Orconectes rusticus: Consequences for agonistic fights. Behaviour 147:103-119.

Adams, J.A., Pecor, K.W., and Moore, P.A. (2009) Dissolved organic matter from elevated-CO2 detritus and its impact on the orientation of crayfish (Orconectes virilis) to a fish food source. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28(3):638-648.

Wolf, M.C., Martin III, A.L., Simon, J.L., Bergner, J.L., and Moore, P.A. (2009). Chemosensory signals in stream habitats: Implications for ecological interactions. JNABS 28(3):560-571.

Belanger, R.M. and Moore, P.A. (2009). The role of the major chelae in the localization and sampling of female odours by male crayfish, Orconectes rusticus (GIRARD, 1852). Journal of Crustaceana 82 (6): 653-668.