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Michelle M. Elekonich, PhD

 

Education:

B.A.   Cornell University, 1986
            Biopsychology
Ph.D.  University of Washington, 1997
            Animal Behavior Program, Departments of Psychology and Zoology
                                             

Positions Held:

August 2003- present- Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

October 2002- August 2003 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University

December 1999- September 2002 -Research Associate, Department of Entomology, and Neuroscience Program Postdoctoral Affiliate (May 2001-September 2002), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

July 1997- December 1999  - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Neurobiology Training Grant, Dr. William Greenough P.I., Dr. Gene Robinson supervisor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Grants:

Principal Investigator, “Larval exposure to juvenile hormone and insect growth regulators and division of labor in the honey bee (Apis mellifera)” National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, USDA, October 1999- March 2001, $90,000.
 
 

Publications:

Articles

Elekonich M. M., and Horodyski F. (in press) Insect allatotropins belong to a family of structurally-related myoactive peptides present in several invertebrate phyla. Peptides

Elekonich M. M., Jez K., Ross A.J. and Robinson G. E. (2003) Larval Exposure to Juvenile Hormone Effects Development But Not Adult Behavior in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Journal of Insect Physiology 49:359-366.

Schulz DJ, Elekonich MM, Robinson GE (2003) Biogenic amines in the antennal lobes and the initiation and maintenance of foraging behavior in honey bees. Journal of Neurobiology 54, 406-416.

Elekonich M. M., Schulz D.J., Bloch G., and Robinson G. E. (2001) Juvenile hormone levels in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) foragers: Foraging experience and diurnal variation. Journal of Insect Physiology 47, 1119-1125.

Elekonich M. M. and Robinson G. E.(2000) Organizational and activational effects of hormones on insect behavior. Journal of Insect Physiology 46,1509-1505.

Elekonich, M. M. and Wingfield, J. C. (2000) Seasonality and hormonal control of territorial aggression in female song sparrows (Passeriformes: Emberizidae: Melospiza melodia ). Ethology 106, 493-510.

Elekonich, M. M. (2000). Female song sparrow, Melospiza melodia , response to simulated conspecific and heterospecific intrusion across three seasons, Animal Behaviour  59,551-557.

Elekonich, M. M.(1998).Song Sparrow males use female typical vocalizations in fall. Condor 100:145-148.

 

Chapters

Elekonich, M. M.(2001) Contesting territories: Female-female aggression and the song sparrow.  In: A New Generation of Feminist Science Studies, Mayberry M., Subramaniam B., and Weasel L. eds.; pp.97-105, Routledge: New York.

Elekonich, M. (1994) General Studies 101 Attached to Academic Disciplines: Psychology as a Natural Science, In: Study Skills  in  the Academic Disciplines : the General Studies 101 Approach,  A. Reid and K. Nichols (eds.), Report from the University of Washington Undergraduate Advising Center.

 

Online Resources

Ginorio A.B., Elekonich M. 2001. Biographies and Autobiographies of Women Scientists, from Warming the Climate for Women in Science, American Association of Colleges and Universities; http://www.aacu-edu.org/womenscilit/bibliographies.cfm. (Scroll to the bottom half of the page).

 

Manuscripts

Hamilton R.G., Robinson G.E., Barklay P.E., Members of the University of Illinois Bee Research Group (submitted) Profiles of Honey Bee Venom-Specific IgE and IgG Antibodies in University Bee Researchers

Elekonich M. M., Ross A.J., Jez K., Winston M.L, Robinson G. E. (submitted) Pollen level during the larval period: Effects on Growth, Juvenile Hormone and Adult Behavioral Development.

 

Presentations:

Roberts, S. P., Elekonich M. M.(2004, Jan) Physiological Underpinnings of Age-Related and Environmentally-Mediated Phenotypic Plasticity in Honey Bees, the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA

Horodyski, F. M. Kyeong-Yeoll Lee, K.Y., Chamberlin, M.E., Elekonich, M. M. (2003,Oct) Stage- and tissue-specific regulation of allatotropin gene expression, annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Cincinnati OH

Elekonich, M.M. (2003, April) Making Worker Bees More Queen-like: Mechanisms of Phenotypic Plasticity in the Honey Bee, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH

Elekonich, M.M. (2003, March) Making Worker Bees More Queen-like: Mechanisms of Phenotypic Plasticity in the Honey Bee, Biology Department, Hanover College, Hanover IN

Elekonich, M.M. (2003, March) Making Worker Bees More Queen-like: Mechanisms of Phenotypic Plasticity in the Honey Bee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.

Elekonich, M.M., Robinson, G.E. (2002, July) Modulation of Stress Protein Expression in Honey Bees Relative to Age and Life History Stage, the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Bloomington, IN.

Elekonich, M.M. (2002, April) Making Worker Bees More Queen-like: Juvenile Hormone and Worker Honey Bee Development, Department of Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK.

Elekonich, M.M. (2002, March) Making Worker Bees More Queen-like: Juvenile Hormone and Worker Honey Bee Development, Entomology Department Seminar, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Elekonich, M.M., Robinson G.E. (2002, March) Modulation of the Stress Response in Honey Bees Relative to Age and Life History Stage, University of Illinois Neuroscience Program Open House

Elekonich, M.M. (2001, November) Organizational Effects of Juvenile Hormone During Honey Bee Development, Biology Department Seminar, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH.

Elekonich, M.M. (2001, November) Increased Larval Juvenile Hormone Speeds Up Pre-adult Development But Not Adult Behavioral Development in Worker Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), HHMI Seminar Series, Department of Biology, Murray State University, Murray, KY.

Elekonich, M.M.(2001, April) Hormones and Behavioral Development in Honey Bees, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Elekonich, M.M. (2001, February) Larval Exposure to Juvenile Hormone and Adult Behavioral Development in the Honey Bee, Psychology Department Colloquium, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE

Elekonich, M.M. (2000, November) Hormones and Caste Determination in Honey Bees, Invited speaker, Illinois State Beekeepers Association annual meeting, Springfield, IL.

Elekonich, M.M., Schulz, D. J., Bloch G., and Robinson G. E. (2000, October) Juvenile Hormone Increases Prior to Foraging in the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera., poster presentation at the North American Section Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Ozarks Natural Science Center, AR.

Elekonich, M.M., Schulz, D. J., Bloch G., and Robinson G. E. (2000, August) Juvenile Hormone Increases Prior to Foraging in the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera., the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Atlanta, GA.

Elekonich, M. M. (1999, February) The Birds and The Bees: The power of scale, Bug Lunch, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elekonich, M. M. (1996, August) Seasonality and Hormonal Correlates of Female Song Sparrow Territorial Aggression, the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Flagstaff AZ

Elekonich, M. M.(1994, August) Song Sparrow Female Territorial Aggression Decreases with Breeding, poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Seattle, WA.

Elekonich, M. M. (1992, November) Female Territorial Aggression in Birds: A Feminist Perspective Uncovers a Hidden Group of Hypotheses, invited talk for the Feminist Research Forum, Northwest Center for Research on Women, University of Washington.

Stoddard, P. K., Beecher, M. D., Elekonich, M. M. and Loesche, P. (1988, August) Song repertoire in the song sparrow II: lab tests of song memory, annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Duluth, MN.

Elekonich, M. M. (1987, June) Pitch Perception in Birds, Graduate Research Festival, University of Washington, Seattle WA.

 
 

Professional Society Memberships:

Sigma Xi           Animal Behavior Society
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI)
 

Awards and Honors:

Elekonich and Robinson (2000), # 5 of the top 10 most frequently downloaded articles from the Journal of Insect Physiology website during 2001
University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 1995
American Psychological Association Dissertation Improvement Award, 1991
Sigma Xi Research Award, 1991
Cornell Tradition Fellow, 1986
Cornell School of Arts and Sciences Academic Scholarship, 1982-1986
 

Service and Outreach:

Current Departmental and University Service:
Faculty in Residence Search Committee
Integrative Physiologist Search Committee 
Graduate Operations Committee
 

Other Service:

Grant Reviewer, Entomology and Nematology Program, USDA 2002
Reviewer, Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 2003; Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2001, 2002; Journal of Insect Physiology 2002-2003; Proceedings of the Royal Society B 2001;The Condor, 1998, 2000; Animal Behaviour 1996, 2000, 2001
University of Illinois Bees and Beekeeping Short Course Coordinator 2002
University of Illinois Bees and Beekeeping Short Course Staff 1998-2001
Family Science Night, Robeson Elementary School, Champaign IL, 2000
Women’s Group Facilitator, Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana IL 1997-2000
Mentor, Rural Girls in Science Program, NWCROW, University of Washington, 1996
Grant Reviewer, Sigma Delta Epsilon-Graduate Women in Science, Eloise Gerry Fellowship, 1993
Vice - President, Society for Conservation Biology, University of Washington Student Chapter, 1993-1994
Seattle Audubon Society, Finding Urban Nature Program, 1990  
 

 

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