Peter A. Van Zandt



Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology – September, 2006-present.  Birmingham-Southern College, Department of Biology.

Adjunct Professor – January, 2006-August, 2006.  Birmingham-Southern College, Division of Science and Mathematics.

Post-doctoral Researcher – 2003-2005.  Washington University, Department of Biology.  Supervisor: Jonathan Chase.

Post-doctoral Fellow – 2001-2003.  University of Toronto, Department of Botany.  Supervisor: Anurag Agrawal. 



University of Louisiana at Lafayette - 2001.  The Ecological and Evolutionary Responses of Iris hexagona to Salinity Stress.  Supervisor: Susan Mopper.


publications (selected articles have PDFs available)

Van Zandt, P. A.  2007.  Plant defense, growth, and habitat: a comparative assessment of constitutive and induced resistance.  Ecology 88(8):1984-1993.

Tobler, M., P. A. Van Zandt, K. Hasenstein, and S. Mopper.  2006.  Growth and reproduction of a clonal plant in response to salinity and florivory.  Wetlands 26(3):803-812.

Van Zandt, P. A., E. Collins, J. B. Losos, and J. M. Chase.  2005.  Implications of food web interactions for restoration of Missouri Ozark glade habitats.  Restoration Ecology 13(2):310-315.

Van Zandt, P. A., and A. A. Agrawal.  2004.  Community-wide impacts of herbivore-induced plant responses in milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).  Ecology 85(9):2616-2629.

Van Zandt, P. A., and S. Mopper.  2004.  The influence of salinity and maternal environment on germination and growth in Iris hexagona Evolutionary Ecology Research 6:813-832.

Van Zandt, P. A., and A. A. Agrawal.  2004.  Specificity of induced plant responses to specialist herbivores of the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca Oikos 104:401-409.

Agrawal, A. A., and P. A. Van Zandt.  2003.  Ecological play in the coevolutionary theater:  Genetic and environmental determinants of attack by a specialist weevil on milkweed.  Journal of Ecology 91:1049-1059.

Van Zandt, P. A., E. Mouton, M. A. Tobler, K. H. Hasenstein, and S. Mopper.  2003.  Positive and negative consequences of salinity stress for the growth and reproduction of the clonal plant, Iris hexagona Journal of Ecology 91:837-846.

Van Zandt, P. A., V. R. Townsend, C. E. Carlton, M. Blackwell, and S. Mopper.  2003.  The lizard beetle Loberus impressus (Coleoptera, Languriidae) and its association with the seed capsules of Iris hexagona Coleopterist’s Bulletin 57:281-288.

Van Zandt, P. A., and S. Mopper. 2002.  Delayed and carryover effects of salinity on flowering in Iris hexagona (Iridaceae).  American Journal of Botany 89:1847-1851.

Mopper, S., P. Stiling, K. Landau, D. Simberloff, and P. A. Van Zandt.  2000.  Spatiotemporal variation in leafminer population structure and adaptation to individual oak trees.  Ecology 81:1577-1587.

Carlton, C. E., V. R. Townsend, Jr., P. A. Van Zandt, and S. Mopper.  2000.  Description of the larva of Loberus impressus LeConte with notes on its natural history (Languriidae: Xenoscelinae).  Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93:356-361.

Belovsky, G. E., C. Mellison, C. Larsen, and P. Van Zandt.  1999.  Experimental studies of extinction dynamics.  Science 286:1175-1177.

Van Zandt, P.A. and S. Mopper.  1998.  A meta-analysis of adaptive deme formation in phytophagous insect populations.  The American Naturalist 152:597-606.


Book Chapters and Unrefereed Publications

Agrawal, A. A., and P. A. Van Zandt.  2002.  The community ecology of live long and prosper.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17:62.

Belovsky, G. E., C. Mellison, C. Larsen, and P. Van Zandt.  2002.  How good are PVA models: testing their predictions with experimental data.  Quantitative validation of minimum viable population models:  experiments on demographic stochasticity, in: D. R. McCullough and S. Beissinger, eds., Population Viability Analysis: Assessing Models for Recovering Endangered Species. Island Press, Covelo, CA.

Mopper, S., K. Landau, and P.A. Van Zandt.  2000.  Evolution in small spaces: adaptive and stochastic structure in a wild leafminer population, pages 116 – 138 in T. Mousseau, B. Sinervo, and J. Endler, eds., Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild. Oxford University Press, New York.

Gandon, S. and P.A. Van Zandt.  1998.  Local adaptation and host-parasite interactions.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13:1-3.