Dean G. McCurdy
Professor of Biology; A. Merton Chickering Professor of Biology
B.Sc.(H)., Acadia University, 1995
Ph.D., Carleton University, 2000
Expertise Areas: Behavioral ecology, zoology, conservation biology, parasitology
Biology 195: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
Biology 225: Invertebrate Zoology
Biology 310: Evolution
Biology 368: Behavioral Ecology
LA101: Tidal Life / Motorcycle Diaries
HSP 123: Great Issues in Science - Biodiversity and Conservation (field course)
Dr. McCurdy is a behavioral ecologist with interests that relate to the ecology, evolution, and conservation of vertebrate and invertebrate animals (crustaceans, turtles, polychaete worms, frogs, shorebirds, various parasites). He frequently investigates how life-history strategies of animals are influenced by their parasites, predators, or human disturbance. All of his research involves Albion students, and most is done in the field (sometimes in Michigan, but more often at distant field sites). Approaches used in his research include observations in the field (collections, sometimes tracking animals via radio-telemetry, use of GPS/GIS technology), experiments in the field and laboratory, mathematical modeling, and the occasional use of molecular and biochemical techniques. In recent years, Dr. McCurdy and his Albion students have collaborated on projects to study dolphins and their prey in the Suriname River, and worked on a project to establish a wildlife rehabilitation center in the interior rainforest of Suirname, South America.
Tingley, R., Herman, T.B., Pulsifer, M.D., McCurdy, D.G., and Stephens, J.P. 2010. Intra-specific niche partitioning obscures the importance of fine-scale habitat data in species distribution models. 2010. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2455-2467.
Tingley, R., McCurdy, D.G., Pulsifer, M.D., and Herman, T.B. 2009. Spatio-temporal differences in the use of agricultural fields by male and female Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) inhabiting an agri-forest mosaic. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 4: 185-190.
McCurdy, D.G., Painter, D.C., Kopec, M.T., Lancaster, D., Cook, K.A., and Forbes, M.R. 2008. Reproductive behavior of interesexes of an intertidal amphipod, Corophium volutator. Invertebrate Biology 127: 417-425.
Mautner, S.I., Cook, K.A., Forbes, M.R., McCurdy, D.G., and Dunn, A.M. 2007. Evidence for sex ratio distortion by a new microsporidian parasite of a Corophiid amphipod. Parasitology 134: 1567-1573.
Forbes, M.R., McCurdy, D.G., Lui, K., Boates, J.S., and Mautner, S.I. 2006. Evidence for seasonal mate limitation in populations of an intertidal amphipod, Corophium volutator (Pallas). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60: 87-95.
McCurdy, D.G., Forbes, M.R., Logan, S.P., Lancaster, D., and Mautner, S.I. 2005. Foraging and impacts by benthic fish on the intertidal amphipod, Corophium volutator. Journal of Crustacean Biology 25: 558-564.
McCurdy, D.G., and Moran, B. 2004. Parasitism and soft-bottom community structure: studies in a polychaete-amphipod system. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 84: 165-169.
McCurdy, D.G., and Degel, K.M. 2004. Impacts of temperature on emergence of trematode cercariae from the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say). MarSci(http://www.msci.sc.edu/marsci/).
McCurdy, D.G., Forbes, M.R., Logan, S.P., Kopec, M.T., and Mautner, S.I. 2004. The functional significance of intersexes in the amphipod Corophium volutator. Journal of Crustacean Biology 24: 261-265.
McCurdy, D.G. 2001. Asexual reproduction in Pygospio elegans Claparède (Annelida, Polychaeta) in relation to parasitism by Lepocreadium setiferoides (Miller and Northup) (Platyhelminthes, Trematoda). Biological Bulletin 201: 45-51.
McCurdy, D.G., Boates, J.S., and Forbes, M.R. 2001. An empirical model on the optimal timing of reproduction for female amphipods infected by trematodes. Journal of Parasitology 87: 24-30.
McCurdy, D.G., Boates, J.S., and Forbes, M.R. 2000a. Spatial distribution of the intertidal snail Ilyanassa obsoleta in relation parasitism by two species of trematodes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 78: 1137-1143.
McCurdy, D.G., Forbes, M.R., and Boates, J.S. 2000b. Male amphipods increase their mating effort before behavioural manipulation by trematodes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 78: 606-612.
McCurdy, D.G., Boates , J.S., and Forbes, M.R. 2000b. Reproductive synchrony in the intertidal amphipod Corophium volutator. Oikos 88: 301-308.
McCurdy, D.G., Forbes, M.R., and Boates, J.S. 1999a. Evidence that the parasitic nematode Skrjabinoclava manipulates host Corophium behavior to increase transmission to the sandpiper, Calidris pusilla. Behavioral Ecology 10: 351-357.
McCurdy, D.G., Forbes, M.R., and Boates, J.S. 1999b. Testing alternative hypotheses for variation in amphipod behaviour and life history in relation to parasitism. International Journal for Parasitology 29: 1001-1009.
McCurdy, D.G., Mullie, A., Shutler, D., and Forbes, M.R. 1998. Sex-biased parasitism of avian hosts: relations to blood parasite taxon and mating system. Oikos 82: 303-312.
McCurdy, D.G., Boates, J.S., and Forbes, M.R. 1997. Diurnal and nocturnal foraging by Semipalmated Sandpipers Calidris pusilla. Journal of Avian Biology 28: 353-356.
McCurdy, D.G. and Herman, T.B. 1997. Putative anting behaviour in wood turtles. Herpetological Review 12: 128-129.