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RESEARCH

Evolutionary Biology
Behavioral Ecology

The study of how evolutionary forces interact with the behavior of organisms and their environment. The study of how evolutionary forces interact with the behavior of organisms and their environment.

How do genetic mechanisms affect behavior?
How does behavior affect genetic mechanisms?

TAXA

Arachnids: spiders, scorpions, pseudoscorpions, whip spiders. Insects: flies, ants. Vertebrates: frogs, turtles, tortoises, snakes, cetaceans
Plants: invasive and endangered species. Bacteria: mutualists and symbionts.

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EMPIRICAL TOOLS

Inferential Statistics, Information Theory, phylogenetics, Landscape Genetics, Geographic Information Systems, Bayesian Analysis, Machine Learning, Generalized Linear Modeling, Ordinal Analysis, Python, R, RShiny

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BIOCHEMISTRY

eDNA, PCR, RAD tags, RADSeq, nextRAD, Sanger sequencing, shotgun sequencing, microsatellites, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), fluorometry, electrophoresis

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THEORETICAL TOOLS

Simulation Modeling, Analytical Modeling, Agent-Based-Modeling, High Performance Cluster Computing, Maximum Entropy , R, NetLogo

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Biography

Kenneth James Chapin

Dr. Kenny Chapin is an evolutionary biologist and science communicator with a lifelong passion to inspire others about the natural world. He holds degrees in environmental writing and biology, including a PhD in biology from UCLA. Dr. Chapin has authored dozens of scientific and educational publications in academic journals and books like ​​Animal Behaviour, ​​Behavioral Ecology and ​​American Biology Teacher​; ​presented at invited lectures and conferences around the globe; and served as a visiting scientist and lecturer at UCLA, UC Davis, and the University of Arizona.

His work has been featured in science news outlets like ​​BBC, ​​National Geographic, ​​The Science Times, ​​Earth Touch News, SciShow​,​ ​​Bad Science, and ​​Science Moab.​

Press & Media

The spider so terrifying that it has its own publicist

He has spent years studying these violent and terrifying-looking animals , and assures that they are truly “delicate and shy” beings.


Read @ BBC News

Great Whip Spider Boom: Are These Exotic Arachnids a Spider of Tailless Scorpions?

The current surge of behavioral and neurophysiological studies about whip spiders has opened a doorway into their strange sensory world.


Read @ Science Times

Watch Cannibal ‘Scorpions’ Fight

With long, spiky legs and formidable fangs, tailless whip scorpions look a lot scarier than they are… But the armored predators do engage in fierce territorial battles in which the loser can become dinner. “It’s like a food resource for them—a prize after the fight,” says Kenneth Chapin


Read @ National Geographic

Adaptation with Nadia Osman & Dr. Kenneth Chapin

The current surge of behavioral and neurophysiological studies about whip spiders has opened a doorway into their strange sensory world.


Listen @ The Good, the Bad, and the Science

Understanding How Animals Behave

There is shocking little known about why animals behave the ways they do. Here, we speak with Dr. Kenny Chapin who explains what we know about animal behavior and some of the ways researchers ask questions to understand why animals act the ways they do…


Listen @ Science Moab, KZMU

Cannibal Battle: Whip Scorpion Turf Wars can be Deadly

Tailless whip scorpions are fiercely territorial – and willing to fight for their turf. What’s more, those battles sometimes come with a side order of cannibalism. Scientists recently set out to learn more about the behaviour.


Read @ Earth Touch News

Meet the arachnid that may add a new chapter to the book on sensory biology

Whip spiders, also known as tailless whip scorpions, are actually neither spiders nor scorpions. These strange creatures belong to a separate arachnid order called Amblypygi, meaning “blunt rump,” a reference to their lack of tails.


Read @ The Scientist

6 Animals with extraordinary adaptations to cave life

Living in a cave isn’t easy, but these six cave-dwelling animals have gained some amazing traits to help them survive there!


Watch @ Scishow

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PUBLICATIONS

462

DAYS IN THE FIELD

17

YEARS IN BIOLOGY

Invited Review: Further Mismeasures of Animal Contests

@ Behavioral Ecology

Research Article: Soil Moisture Mediates Productivity

@ Ecology

Invited Review: Behavioral Ecology of Amblypygids

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Cave-Epigean Behavioral Variation

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Rapid Alignment of Function Trait Variation

@ American Journal of Botany

Book Chapter: Arthropod Life History

@ Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition & Behavior

Research Article: Cave-Epigean Behavioral Variation

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Population Ecology & Poaching

@ Herpetological Conservation & Biology

Commentary: Ternary Plots for Contest Strategies

@ Animal Behaviour

Letter to the Editor: The Threat of Sahara Mustard

@ Ecology & Evolution

Research Article: Guano Predicts Predators

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Evolutionary Paradox: Cheating to Learn

@ American Biology Teacher

Article: Microhabitiat & Spatial Complexity

@ Journal of Tropical Ecology

Research Article: Multiple Introductions and Rapid Expansion

@ Ecology & Evolution

Research Article: Phenotypic Shifts of a Rare Endemic

@ Conservation Physiology

Research Article: Reproductive Strategy & Indeterminant Growth

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Vertically Stratified Arthropod Diversity

@ Florida Entomologist

Research Article: Visible Implant Elastomer

@ Journal of Arachnology

Research Article: Island Biogeography & Ecological Modeling

@ Ecology & Evolution

Research Article: Territoriality and Asymmetric Motivation

@ Behavioural Processes

Research Article: Territoriality mediates cannibalism

@ Ethology

Research Article: Global Patterns of Sexual Dimorphism

@ Journal of Arachnology

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