Emory University (Aug 2016 – Present); Atlanta, GA
University of Pittsburgh (Aug 2010 – Apr 2014); Pittsburgh, PA
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I am interested in the impact of bumble bee personality on large-scale ecological processes, such as pollination. Along what metrics do bumble bee exhibit variance in consistent individual differences in behavior? What is the greater impact of these "personalities" on foraging behavior, response to pesticide exposure, and colony success?
Science 2013- University of Pittsburgh
Poster Title: Boldness is influenced by sub-lethal interactions with predators and is associated with successful harem infiltration in Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
Wright CM, Hyland TD, Izzo AS, McDermott DR, Tibbetts EA, Pruitt JN (in review) Higher queen aggressiveness mitigates brood parasitism in a paper wasp. Behavioral Ecology
DiRienzo N, McDermott DR, Pruitt JN. (2015). Testing the effects of biogenic amines and alternative topical solvent types on the behavioral repertoire of two web-building spiders. Ethology, 121: 801–812.
Modlmeier AP, Laskowski KL, DeMarco AE, Coleman A, Zhao K, Brittingham HA, McDermott DR, Pruitt JN. (2014). Persistent social interactions beget more pronounced personalities in a desert-dwelling social spider. Biology Letters, 10.8.
McDermott DR, Chips MJ, McGuirk M, Armagost F, DiRienzo N, Pruitt JN. (2013). Boldness is influenced by sublethal interactions with predators and is associated with successful harem infiltration in Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68.3: 425-435.
Sweeney K, Gadd RDH, Hess ZL, McDermott DR, MacDonald L, Cotter P, Armagost F, Chen JZ, Berning AW, DiRienzo N, Pruitt JN. (2013). Testing the effects of rearing environment, selection, and developmental stage on the emergence of a behavioral syndrome. Ethology, 119: 436-447.