Paul Moore

Dr. Paul A. Moore

Ph. D., Boston University   

Office:     226 Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-8556

Research: 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:

Wofford, S.J., LaPlante, P., and Moore, P.A. 2016. Information depends on context: Behavioral responses to chemical signals depends on sex and size in crayfish contests. Behaviour 154(3): 287-312.

Ludington, T.S. and Moore, P.A. 2016. The degree of impairment of foraging in crayfish (Orconectes virilis) due to insecticide exposure is dependent upon turbulent dispersion. AECT. 72:281-293.

Neal, A.E., and Moore, P.A. 2016. Mimicking natural systems: Changes in behavior as a result of dynamic exposure to naproxen. EES. 135: 347-357.

Moore, P.A. 2016. Aerodynamics of odor plumes and plume structures in different habitats in Canine olfaction science and law: Advances in Forensics, medicine, conservation, and environmental remediation, T. Jezierski, J. Ensminger, and L.E. Papet, eds. Taylor and Francis.

Jurcak, A.M., Lahman, S.E., Wofford, S.J. and Moore, P.A. 2016. Behavior of Freshwater Crayfish in Biology and Ecology of Crayfish, M. Longshaw and P. Stebbing, eds. CRC Press.

Kamran, N., and Moore, P.A. 2016. Dominance and territoriality. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychology. In: Shackelford, T. and Weekes-Shackelford, V. Springer.

Wofford, S.J., and Moore, P.A. 2016. Shifting dominance. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychology. In: Shackelford, T. and Weekes-Shackelford, V. Springer.

Moore, P.A. 2016. Social status sculpts neural activity. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychology. In: Shackelford, T. and Weekes-Shackelford, V. Springer.

Kraus-Epley, K.E., Lahman, S.E., and Moore, P.A. 2015. Behaviorally-selective chemoreceptor lesions reveal two different chemically mediated orientation strategies in the rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. Journal of Crustacean Biology 35(6):753-762.

Jurcak, A.M., Gauthier, S.J. and Moore, P.A. 2015. The effects of biodiesel and crude oil on the foraging behavior of rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. AECT 69(4):557-565.

Lahman, S.E., and Moore, P.A. 2015. Olfactory sampling recovery following sublethal copper exposure in the rusty crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 95(4):441-446.

Kamran, M. and Moore, P.A. 2015. Comparative homing behaviors of crayfish, Fallicambarus fodiens, and Orconectes rusticus. Ethology 121:1-10.

Chibucos, K.C.F., Wofford, S.J., and Moore, P.A. 2015. The consequences of prior residence, social status, and neighbor distance for crayfish dominance relationships. Behavior 152:1063-1082.

Wofford, S.J., Earley, R., and Moore, P.A. 2015. To fight or not to fight? Male and female crayfish decide differently when engaged in mixed sex interactions. Behavior 152:995-1018.

Lahman, S.E., and Moore, P.A. 2015. Fine scale exposure differs in point and non-point source plumes. AECT 68(4):729-744.

Moore, P.A., Ferrante, P.A., and Bergner, J.L. 2015. Chemical orientation strategies of the crayfish are influenced by the hydrodynamics of their native environment. Am. Midl. Nat.173:17-29.

Lahman, S.E., Trent, K. and Moore, P.A. 2015. Sublethal copper toxicity impairs chemical orientation in the crayfish, Orconectes rusticus. EES 113:369-377.