Curriculum Vitae

   

Scott A. Wissinger, Ph.D.
Departments of Biology and Environmental Science
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 332-2387
 
Larva of the caddisfly 
Asynarchus nigriculus
 
Subalpine (elev. 3500 m) fen near 
RMBL in central Colorado


EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2010-present Schwartz Endowed Professor of the Natural Sciences
  • 2008 Adjunct Professor, Freshwater Ecology Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, Canterbury University, Christchurch, NZ 
  • 2007-2010 Science Division Teacher-Scholar Professorship, Allegheny College
  • 2007 Visiting Erskine Fellow, College of Science, Canterbury University, New Zealand 
  • 2001-present Professor of Biology and Env. Science Departments, Allegheny College 
  • 1997-2001 Chair, Biology Department, Allegheny College 
  • 1995-1996 Chair, Environmental Science Department, Allegheny College 
  • 1992-2000 Associate Professor, Biology and Env. Science Departments, Allegheny College 
  • 1991-1992 Chair, Environmental Science Department, Allegheny College 
  • 1990-1991 Visiting Assistant Professor, Entomology Department, Cornell University 
  • 1989-present Principal Investigator, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory 
  • 1986-1992 Assistant Professor, Biology and Env. Science Departments, Allegheny College 
  • 1984-1986 David Ross Graduate Research Fellow, Purdue University
TEACHING (recent courses taught at Allegheny College)
  • Introductory Biology I : Physiology and Ecology 
  • Introduction to Environmental Science 
  • Stream Ecology 
  • Wetlands Ecology & Conservation 
  • Junior Seminar in Wetlands Community Ecology
  • Liberal Studies Writing Seminar: Ecology & Conservation of French Creek Watershed
  • Senior Research Seminar
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT MENTOR (1987-present)
  • 35 Independent Research Projects (sophomores and juniors)
  • 38 NSF funded Summer Research Assistants 
  • 7 REU students (5 through RMBL site grant and 2 grant supplements) 
  • 140 Senior Research Advisees; see Abstracts
GRANTS
  • 2012 PA Fish Commission Unassessed Waters Program: ”Effects of Land Use on Fish Communities in the French Creek and Adjacent Watersheds in the Middle and Upper Allegheny Watersheds”  $5000 (co-funded through NFWF by U.S. Forest Service and US EPA).
  • 2007 National Science Foundation REU Supplement for Amanda Klemmer. "Effects of top predator population cycles on detritus processing and ecosystem function." $4,600.
  • 2002-2007  National Science Foundation RUI: "Collaborative Research on Mechanisms Underlying Salamander Population Fluctuations." $515,732.   (with Howard Whiteman).
  • 2002-2005 National Science Foundation CCLI. Adaptation and implementation of a watershed model:  The French Creek Watershed Research Program at Allegheny College $166,000.  Rachel O'Brien, P. and R. Bowden, Co-PI.
  • 2001-2002  Fulbright Scholar Program, Nov. 2001-April 2002. Impacts of Introduced Salmonid Fishes on Native Biota on New Zealand Lakes (Host; Angus McIntosh, University of Canterbury.
  • 1998-1999 National Science Foundation. REU Supplement for Erika Bilger. "Tradeoffs Between Rapid Growth Temporary Habitats and Predator Avoidance in Permanent Subalpine Wetlands." $5000.
  • 1994-1999 National Science Foundation. RUI: "Intraguild Predation and Cannibalism among Caddisfly Larvae in High Elevation Ponds" DEB 9407856. $208,000.
  • 1993-1996. National Science Foundation. Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Development Award: Reducing roadblocks to Learning in Introductory biology: A Computer-Module Development Project (Co-Pi) $101,000.
  • 1992-1995 USDA Forest Service, Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory "Monitoring acidification in the Mexican Cut Watershed in central Colorado". $6000.
  • 1992-1993 Colorado Division of Wildlife. "Effects of acidification on a unique population of high altitude salamanders in Colorado". Co-Pi with Howard Whiteman. $3500.
  • 1990-1995 The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Field Office. "Long-term studies of the aquatic fauna in the Mexican Cut Nature Reserve" $10,000.
  • 1990-1994 Pennsylvania Electric Company Research Fund. "Amphibians as early warning indicators of regional acidification" $35,000.
  • 1990-1991 Pew Charitable Trust Midwest Science Cluster: "Support for summer field assistants at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory". $4000.
  • 1989-1991 Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Allegheny College: "Direct and indirect effects of acidification on the benthic invertebrates in a subalpine watershed in central Colorado. $18,000.
  • 1989-1994 National Science Foundation: "Benthic food webs in ponds" BSR-8958253. $243,000.
  • 1984-1986 David Ross Graduate Research Fellowship, Purdue University $12,000.
AWARDS
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar – New Zealand 2001-2002
  • Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation 1989-1994. 
  • Best Student Paper in Basic Research, 1986, Annual Meeting North American Benthological Society. 
  • Best Student Paper in Ecology, 1985 Annual Meeting of American Society of Zoologists. 
  • David Ross Graduate Research Fellow, Purdue University.
PUBLICATIONS

Books

 

Rader, R.R., D.P. Batzer, and S.A. Wissinger (eds). 2001. Bioassessment and Management of North American Freshwater Wetlands. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA. PDF

Batzer, D.P., R.R. Rader, and S.A. Wissinger. (eds). 1999. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America: Ecology and Management. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA. PDF

Peer-Reviewed Articles ( * indicates undergraduate coauthor)

 

Greig, H.S., S.A Wissinger, and A.R. McIntosh. 2013. Top-down control of prey increases with drying disturbance in ponds: a consequence of non-consumptive interactions? Journal of Animal Ecology 82.  PDF

*Klemmer, A.J., S.A. Wissinger, H.S. Greig, and M.L. Ostrofsky. 2012. Nonlinear effects of consumer density on multiple ecosystem processes. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81:770-780. PDF

Whiteman, H.H., S.A. Wissinger, N.G. Gerlanc, M. Denoël, and *J.J. Gutrich. 2012. Larval growth in polyphenic salamanders: making the best of a bad lot. Oecologia 168:109–118. PDF

Grieg, H.S. and S.A. Wissinger. 2010. Reinforcing abiotic and biotic time constraints facilitate the broad distribution of a generalist with fixed traits. Ecology 91(3):836–846. Appendices in Ecology Archives PDF Appendices in Ecology Archives

Wissinger, S.A., H.H. Whiteman, M. Denoël, *M. Mumford, and *C. Aubee. 2010. Consumptive and nonconsumptive effects of cannibalism in fluctuating age-structured populations. Ecology 91(2):549–559. Appendices in Ecology Archives PDF Appendices in Ecology Archives

Wissinger, S.A., *H.S. Greig, and A.R. McIntosh. 2009. Absence of species replacements between permanent and temporary lentic communities in New Zealand. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28(1):12-23. PDF

Jannot, J.E., S.A. Wissinger, and J.R. Lucas. 2008. Diet and a developmental time constraint alter life history trade-offs in a caddis fly (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 95:495–504. PDF

*Inkley, M.D., S.A. Wissinger, and B.L. Baros. 2008. Effects of drying regime on microbial colonization and shredder preference in seasonal woodland wetlands. Freshwater Biology 53: 435–445. PDF

Jannot, J.E., *E. Bruneau, and S.A. Wissinger. 2007. Effects of larval energetic resources on life history and adult allocation patterns in a caddisfly (Trichoptera: Phryganeidae). Ecological Entomology 32:376-383. PDF

Denoël, M., H.H. Whiteman, S. A. Wissinger. 2007. Foraging tactics in alternative heterochronic salamander morphs: trophic quality of ponds matters more than water permanency. Freshwater Biology 52:1667-1676. PDF

*Eden, C., H.W. Whiteman, L. Duobinis-Gray, and S.A. Wissinger. 2007. Accuracy assessment of skeletochronology in the Arizona tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum). Copeia 2:471-477. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., A.R. McIntosh, and *H.S. Greig. 2006. Impacts of introduced brown and rainbow trout on benthic invertebrate communities in shallow New Zealand lakes. Freshwater Biology 51:2001-2028. PDF

Batzer, D.P, R. Cooper, and S.A. Wissinger. 2006. Wetland Animal Ecology, IN: Batzer, D.P, and R.R. Sharitz (ed.) Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands. University of California Press. PDF

Denoël, M., H.H. Whiteman, and S.A. Wissinger. 2006. Temporal shift of diet in alternative cannibalistic morphs of the tiger salamander. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89:373-382. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., *J.C. Whissel, and *C. Eldermire. 2006. Predator defense along a permanence gradient: roles of case structure, behavior, and developmental phenology in caddisflies. Oecologia 148:667-678. PDF

Whiteman, H.H. and S.A. Wissinger. 2005. Amphibian population cycles and long-term data sets, p.177-184 IN: M.J. Lannoo (ed.) Conservation and Status of North American Amphibians. Univ. California Press. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., *C. Eldermire and *J.C. Whissel. 2004. The role of larval cases in reducing aggression and cannibalism among caddisflies in temporary wetlands. Wetlands 24(4): 777-783. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., *J. Steinmetz, *J.S. Alexander, and W.S. Brown. 2004. Larval cannibalism, time constraints, and adult fitness in caddisflies that inhabit temporary wetlands. Oecologia 138(1):39-47. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., W.S. Brown and *J.E. Jannot. 2003. Caddisfly life histories along permanence gradients in high-altitude wetlands in Colorado (USA). Freshwater Biology 48(2): 255-270. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., *S.G. Ingmire, and *J.L. Bogo. 2001. Plant and invertebrate communities as indicators of success for wetlands restored for wildlife, p. 207-236 IN: Rader, Batzer, and Wissinger. PDF

*Gallie, J.A., R.L. Mumme, and S.A. Wissinger. 2001. Experience has no effect on the development of chemosensory recognition of predators by tadpoles of the American toad, Bufo americanus. Herpetologica 57:376-383. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., H.H. Whiteman, *G.B. Sparks, *G.L. Rouse, and W.S. Brown. 1999. Foraging trade-offs along a predator-permanence gradient in subalpine wetlands. Ecology 80:2102-2116. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. and *L.J. Gallagher. 1999. Beaver pond wetlands in northwestern Pennsylvania: Modes of colonization and succession after drought. Chapter 15, IN: Batzer, Rader and Wissinger. PDF 

Wissinger, S.A., *A.J. Bohonak, *H.H. Whiteman, and W.S. Brown. 1999. Subalpine wetlands in Colorado: Habitat Permanence, Salamander Predation, and Invertebrate Communities. Chapter 31, IN: Batzer, Rader, and Wissinger. PDF 

Anderson, C.R., B.L. Peckarsky, and S.A. Wissinger. 1999. Tinajas of Southeastern Utah: Invertebrate Reproductive Strategies and the Habitat Templet. Chapter 32, IN: Batzer, Rader, and Wissinger. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1999. Ecology of wetland invertebrates: synthesis and applications for conservation and management. Chapter 41 IN: Batzer, Rader and Wissinger. PDF 

Wissinger, S.A. 1997. Cyclic colonization in predictably ephemeral habitats: a template for biological control in annual crop systems. Biological Control 10:4-15. PDF

Wissinger, S.A., *G.B. Sparks, *G.L. Rouse, W.S. Brown, and H. Steltzer. 1996. Intraguild predation and cannibalism among larvae of detritivorous caddisflies in subalpine wetlands. Ecology 77:2421-2430. PDF

Batzer, D.P. and S.A. Wissinger. 1996. Ecology of insect communities in nontidal wetlands. Annual Review of Entomology 41:75-100. PDF

Whiteman, H.H., S.A. Wissinger, and W.S. Brown. 1996. Growth and foraging consequences of facultative paedomorphosis in the tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Evolutionary Ecology 10:429-422. PDF

Whiteman, H.H., S.A. Wissinger, and *A. Bohonak. 1994. Seasonal movement patterns in a subalpine population of the tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 72:1780-1787. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. and *J. McGrady. 1993. Intraguild predation and competition between larval dragonflies: direct and indirect effects on shared prey. Ecology 74:207-218. PDF

*Ode, P. and S.A. Wissinger. 1993. Interaction between chemical and tactile cues in mayfly detection of stoneflies. Freshwater Biology. 30:351-357. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1992. Niche overlap and the potential for competition and intraguild predation between size-structured populations. Ecology 73:1431-1444. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. and H.H. *Whiteman. 1992. Fluctuation in a Rocky Mountain population of salamanders: Anthropogenic acidification of natural variation? Journal of Herpetology 26:377-391. PDF

*Whiteman, H.H. and S.A. Wissinger. 1991. Differences in the antipredator behavior of three plethodontid salamanders to snake attack. Journal of Herpetology 25:352-355. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1989. Seasonal variation in the intensity of competition and predation among dragonfly larvae. Ecology 70:1017-1027. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1989. Comparative population ecology of the dragonflies Libellula lydia and Libellula luctuosa Odonata:Libellulidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:931-936. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1988. Spatial distribution, life history, and estimates of survivorship in a fourteen-species assemblage of larval dragonflies (Odonata:Anisoptera). Freshwater Biology 20:329-340. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1988. Life history and size structure of larval dragonfly populations. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 7:13-28. PDF

Wissinger, S.A. 1988. Effects of food availability on larval development and inter-instar predation rates among larvae of Libellula lydia and Libellula luctuosa (Odonata:Anisoptera). Canadian Journal of Zoology 66:543-549. PDF

 

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS (since 1995; * indicates undergraduate co-author)

 

Wissinger, S.A., *A.J. Klemmer, *E.A. Thornton(presenter), and *M. Perchik. 2012. Effects of detritivore density on detritus processing rates and nutrient feedbacks on benthic algae in shallow aquatic habitats. 97th Annual Meeting Ecological Society of America, Aug. 5-10 2012, Portland, OR.

Greig, H.S. and S.A. Wissinger 2012. Biogeographic variation in species turnover across environmental gradients: A meta-analysis of wetland invertebrate communities. 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, 2012, Portland, OR.

Wissinger, S.A., *A.J. Klemmer, *E.A. Thornton, and H.S. Grieg. 2010. Constraints on Caddisfly Distributions Along Permanence Gradients & Ramifications for Ecosystem Function. Invited Symposium Talk – “Aquatic Insect Ecology” at the 58th Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America, San Diego CA.

Whiteman, H.H., S.A. Wissinger, J.M. Doyle, N.G. Gerlanc, *A.N. Hagan and *S. Thomason. 2010. Back to the future: Using fecundity estimates to understand population dynamics in the past. 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA

Wissinger, S.A., *M. Inkley, *M.L. Mumford, and B. Baros. 2008. Inundation schedule of leaf litter affects microbial colonization and shredder preference in temporary woodland wetlands. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 25(1): 217-218.

*Klemmer, A. and S.A. Wissinger. 2008. Changes in ecosystem processes as a result of fluctuating densities of detritivores. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 25(1): 217.

Greig, H.S., A.R. McIntosh, and S.A. Wissinger. 2008. Unexpected variations in predator impacts across a pond disturbance gradient: A consequence of trait-mediated interactions. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 25(1): 126.

Wissinger, S.A. and H.H. Whiteman. Causes and consequences of population fluctuations in a highly size-structured population. 93rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 4-10, 2007, San Jose, CA. ABSTRACT

*Panetta, A.M. and S.A. Wissinger. Effects of pool size and habitat heterogeneity on colonization in subalpine wetlands. 93rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 4-10, 2007, San Jose, CA. ABSTRACT

Greig, H.S. and S.A. Wissinger. Multiple, predictable selection pressures lead to life history canalization in a temporary pond caddisfly. 93rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 4-10, 2007, San Jose, CA. ABSTRACT

Wissinger, S.A., H.H. Whiteman, M. Denoel, H. Greig, and *K. Butkas. The effects of long-term population fluctuations on invertebrate communities in alpine ponds. 92nd Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, August 6-11, 2006, Memphis, TN

Wissinger, S.A. and H.H. Whiteman and *M. Galatowitsch. Mechanisms underlying long-term fluctuations in a subalpine population of tiger salamanders. 91st Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America, August 7-12, 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Wissinger, S.A. Complementary roles of long-term censuses & short-term experiments for understanding population fluctuations. Presented at Symposium on the Gunnison Basin as a Model Ecosystem: Celebrating 75 Years of Research, Aug. 14-17, 2004, Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado

Jannot, J.E., and S.A. Wissinger. 2004. Seasonal time constraints and the development-size trade-off: pond drying delays development in a wetland caddisfly (Limnephilus externus). Bulletin of North American Benthological Society 21 (1): 304

*Mumford, M.L. and S.A. Wissinger. 2004. Caddisfly life history and physiological adaptations for survival in temporary wetlands. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 21 (1):405

Wissinger, S.A. 2004. Seasonal time constraints and the development-size trade-off: pond drying delays development in a wetland caddisfly (Limnephilus externus). Bulletin of North American Benthological Society 21 (1):304

*Mattie, S.E., S.A. Wissinger and *J.E. Jannot. 2003. Caddisfly case building under differing predation and drying regimes. Bulletin North American Benthological Society 20 (1):332.

Wissinger, S.A. and A.R. McIntosh. 2003. Benthic invertebrate communities in permanent and temporary lentic habitats in New Zealand. Bulletin North American Benthological Society 20 (1):296.

Wissinger, S.A. and A.R. McIntosh. 2002. Benthic invertebrate communities in trout and troutless lakes in New Zealand. Bulletin of North American Benthological Society. 19:103

*Schultheis, R.D. and S.A. Wissinger. 2002. The effects of fish introductions in Colorado high elevation lakes. Bulletin of North American Benthological Society. 19:129

Wissinger, S.A. and *E.E. Bilger. 2001. Caddisfly cannibalism in subalpine temporary wetlands: mechanisms and life history. Bulletin of North American Benthological Society. 18:215.

Wissinger, S.A, *J.L. Bogo, *S.R. Bolden, and *S.G. Ingmire. 2000. Benthic invertebrate and plant communities in restored and natural wetlands in northwestern Pennsylvania. Bulletin of North American Benthological Society 17:57.

Wissinger, S.A. 1999. Wetlands as unique habitats with distinct assemblages of plants and animals. Bulletin of North American Benthological Society 16:181.

Wissinger, S.A., *J. Whissel, *C. Eldermire, and W. Brown. 1998. The role of caddis cases in deterring predators along a predator-permanence gradient in high-elevation wetlands. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 15:142.

Wissinger, S.A. 1997. Foraging Behaviors and Indirect Effects in Communities: When can we expect interaction modifications vs. interactions chains? Bulletin of Ecological Society of America.

Wissinger, S.A., *J.S. Alexander, *J. A. Steinmetz, and *S. M. Kilby. 1997. Cannibalism among detritivorous caddisflies in subalpine wetlands: fitness effects dietary supplementation. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 14:135.

Wissinger, S.A., *G. Sparks, *G. Rouse, and W. Brown 1995. Salamander predation mediates caddisfly coexistence in subalpine wetlands. Bulletin of the North American Benthological Society 12:137.

 

INVITED SEMINARS (since 1995)
  • Murray State University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison 
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Susquehanna University
  • University of Oklahoma  
  • University of Otago, NZ  
  • University of Canterbury, NZ
  • Griffiths University, Australia 
  • University of Lund, Sweden
  • Linköping University, Sweden
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Montana
  • Institute for Ecosystem Studies
  • Cornell University
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, University of Pittsburgh
INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE (select activities at Allegheny College & Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory)
  • Curriculum Committee 2010 - 2013 (Chair 2012-13)
  • President, Board of Trustees, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory 2009-present
  • Co-Chair Strategic Planning Committee 2008-2009
  • Institutional Mentor for New Faculty 2008-2009
  • Diversity Dialogues Facilitator 2005-2008
  • Chair, Search Committee for Vice-President for Finance and CFO 2005-2006
  • Co-Chair, Facilities & Finance Committee 2004-2006
  • Standing Committee Appointments (College Judicial Board, Faculty Development, Facilities & Finance).
  • Elected Committee Appointments (Faculty Tenure Committee, Faculty Council)
  • Chair or member of > 50 faculty search committees in Biology and Environmental Science 1987-1998.
  • Search Committee for Allegheny College President.
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, 1994-2004.
  • Chair, Search Committee for Station Director, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory 1996-97
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND SERVICE
  • Member, Ecological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, North American Benthological, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Society of Conservation Biologists, Council on Undergraduate Research, PKAL
  • Manuscript Referee: Ecology, American Naturalist, Journal North American Benthological Society, Freshwater Biology, Ecological Entomology, American Midland Naturalist, Canadian Journal of Zoology,
  • Grant Reviewer: NSF, EPA