Theodore D. Sargent

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Emeritus Professor

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B.S., University of Massachusetts, 1958
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1960
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1963

Research Interests

Behavioral Ecology

Research centers on problems which permit integrated field and laboratory approaches. The experimental animals most frequently used are local birds and insects. Major interest at present concerns the anti-predator adaptations of moths and butterflies and the countering adaptations of their avian predators. These studies are being related to broader issues in genetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Representative Publications

Sargent, T.D., C.D. Millar and D.M. Lambert. 1998. The "classical" explanation of industrial melanism: assessing the evidence. Evolutionary Biology 30: 299-322.

Sargent, T.D. 1995. On the relative acceptabilities of local butterflies and moths to local birds. J. Lepidopterists' Society 49: 148-162.

Sargent, T.D. 1990. Startle as an anti-predator mechanism with special reference to the underwing moths (Catocala). In Insect Defenses, D Evans and J Schmidt, eds., SUNY Press.

Sargent, T.D. 1976. Legion of Night: The Underwing Moths. Univ. of Mass. Press, 222 pp.