The School of Arts and Sciences
Full Name: Robert Hegna
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Olivet Nazarene University; M.S., Florida International University; Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä (Finland).
Dr. Hegna specializes in behavioral ecology and studying how prey avoids being attacked
by predators using warning signals to advertise defenses against predators (a strategy
known as aposematism). He has combined field behavior experiments with population
genetic analyses to better understand how anti-predator tactics influence population
structure. His work has involved both vertebrates and invertebrates and taken place
in a variety of ecosystems, from the tropics to the Arctic Circle. Much of his recent
work involved studying the wood tiger moth (Parasemia plantaginis) across its distribution
in Europe and North America. His other research interests involve herpetology and
scorpion biology among others.