Biology

Mike Henshaw

Michael Henshaw, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Education

Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 2000
M.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 1998
B.S. Biology, Grand Valley State University, 1994

Courses taught at GVSU:

BIO 120 General Biology I
BIO 215 Ecology
BIO 352 Animal Behavior

Research Interests:

I am a behavioral ecologist working at the interface of ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior. I combine field studies with behavioral observations and molecular data to better understand cooperative groups, particularly the unique forms of cooperation observed in the social insects, such as ants, bees and wasps. More generally, I am interested in ecological and evolutionary questions that lend themselves to this mix of organismal, field biology and molecular approaches, including studies of parentage and mating systems, population genetics, studies of the evolutionary relationships between organisms, and molecular evolution.


Publications:

Hunt JH, Kensinger BJ, Kossuth JA, Henshaw MT, Norberg K, Wolschin F, Amdam GV. 2007. A diapause pathway underlies the gyne phenotype in Polistes wasps, revealing an evolutionary route to caste-containing insect societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. 104(35):14020-14025.

 vanZweden JS, Carew ME, Henshaw MT, Robson SKA, Crozier RH. 2007. Social and genetic structure of a supercolonial weaver ant, Polyrhachis robsoni, with dimorphic queens. Insectes Sociaux. 54(1):34-41

Fanelli D, Henshaw MT, Cervo R, Turillazzi S, Queller DC & Strassmann JE. 2005. Lack of host-related selection in the generalist social parasite wasp Polistes atrimandibularis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 18(5): 1362-1367

Henshaw MT, Kunzman N, Vanderwoude C, Santera M, Crozier RH. 2005. Population genetics and the history of the introduced fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology. 44:37-44.

Konovalov DA, Manning C, Henshaw MT. 2004. KinGroup: A program for pedigree relationship reconstruction and kin group assignments using genetic markers. Mol. Ecol. Notes. 4(4) 779-782.

Henshaw MT, Crozier RH. 2004. Mating system and population structure of the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia revolutionalis: a model system for the evolution of complex societies. Molecular Ecology. 13:1943-1950.

Henshaw MT, Crozier RH, Robson SKA. 2004. Queen number, queen cycling and queen loss: the evolution of complex multiple queen societies in the social wasp genus Ropalidia. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology. 55:469-476.

Henshaw MT, Crozier C, Crozier RH. 2003. New microsatellite loci for the socially diverse paper wasp genus Ropalidia. Molecular Ecology Notes. 3:641-643.

Henshaw MT, Strassmann JE, Queller DC. 2002. Control of male production in the swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 15: 262-268.

Henshaw MT, Strassmann JE, Queller DC. 2001. Swarm-founding in the polistine wasps: the importance of finding many microsatellite loci in studies of adaptation. Molecular Ecology 10:185-192.

Henshaw MT, Strassmann JE, Queller DC. 2000. The independent origin of a queen number bottleneck which promotes cooperation in the African swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 48:478-483.

Henshaw MT. 2000. Novel microsatellite loci for the social wasp Polistes dominulus. Molecular Ecology 9:2155-2156.

Queller DC, F Zacchi, R Cervo, S Turillazzi, MT Henshaw, LA Santorelli, and JE Strassmann. 2000. Unrelated helpers in a social insect. Nature 405:784-787.

Henshaw MT, Queller DC, Strassmann JE, Quach SQ. 2000. Male production in Parachartergus colobopterus., a neotropical, swarm-founding wasp. Ethology, Ecology, & Evolution 12:161-174.

Ezenwa, VO, Henshaw MT, Queller DC, Strassmann JE. 1998. Patterns of buzz running, a pre-swarm behavior, in the neotropical wasp, Parachartergus colobopterus. Insectes Sociaux (45):445-456.

Lombardo, MP, Thorpe PA, Cichewicz R, Henshaw MT, Millard C, Steen C, Zeller TK. 1996. Communities of cloacal bacteria in tree swallow families. The Condor (98): 167-172.

 
Recent Posters and Presentations:

McLaughlin, L. (Presenter & Author), Seeley, S. (Presenter & Author), Henshaw, M. (Author Only), URGE Undergraduate researcher presentations, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI, USA, "Prey choice in Polistes: Comparing three Michigan species", Academic, Local, Accepted. (September 2009).

Young, T. (Presenter & Author), Henshaw, M. (Author Only), Student Scholarship Day, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, USA, "Characterizing new microsatellite loci for the social wasp Polistes metricus that are linked to RNA encoding genes: a novel genetic marker for population genetic analyses", Academic, Local, Accepted. (April 2009).

Trahey, J. (Presenter & Author), Henshaw, M. (Author Only), Student Scholarship Day, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, USA, "Characterizing the population genetic structure of the paper wasp Polistes metricus", Academic, Local, Accepted. (April 2009).

Henshaw MT, Kunzmann N, Santera M, Vanderwoude C, Crozier RH. 2006. Fire Ants in Australia: A History of the Invasion. XV International Congress of the Int’l Union for the Study of Social Insects, Washington, DC

Henshaw MT. 2004. Multiple queens and the origins of complex societies in the social wasps. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Conference on Genes & Behavior, Ventura, CA

Henshaw MT. 2003. Mating system and population structure of the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia revolutionalis: a model system for the evolution of complex societies. Oral Presentation at the 2003 Meeting of the J.C.U. Botonists & Zoologists of North Queensland, Townsville, AUSTRALIA

Henshaw MT, Robson SKR, Crozier RH. 2002. Multiple queens in the independent-founding wasp, Ropalidia revolutionalis, Poster presentation at the XIV Int’l Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Sapporo, JAPAN


Scientific and Professional Societies:

International Union for the Study of Social Insects
International Society for Behavioral Ecology

 

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