Art Woods

Art is interested in the physiological ecology of invertebrates, insect physiology, climate change, microclimates, and modeling.

Grad Students

Steve Lane

Steve is working on the oxygen physiology of sea spiders, focusing primarily on Antarctic species. He's interested in gas exchange across the cuticle, the scaling of gas transport, and the effects of epibionts on gas exchange.

Victoria Dahlhoff

Victoria is a PhD student working on the effects of climate change on the physiological ecology of plant-insect interactions. Her dissertation is focusing on tent caterpillars.


Dominic Cuellar

Dominic is working on the the aspen leaf-miner and tent caterpillar projects. Over the winter, he's going to become a high-end respirometry expert and will measure metabolic rates of overwintering egg masses of tent caterpillars.


Nikita Cooley

Nikita worked on insect heat budgets and the evolution of GIANT beetle larvae. She published a really nice first-author paper in Journal of Thermal Biology in 2016.

Alan Marr

Alan worked on insect heat balance and physiological ecology.

Keaton Wilson

Keaton finished his PhD in 2015 and has headed off to University of Arizona to do a PERT postdoc with Goggy Davidowitz.

Kyle VanAtta

Kyle finished up in 2014, having done a nice paper on the responses of Trichogramma wasps to UV radiation, which is now published in Journal of Entomological Science.

Jon Sprague

Jon finished his masters in 2014, on the physiological ecology of Manduca pupae. He now lives in Hawaii and works for the state on biology management issues.

Kristen Potter

Kristen was a postdoc from 2010 - 2012. She's now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she's an outreach coordinator for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at NAU.

Thomas Foerster

Thomas was a postdoc in 2011 and 2012. He left to take a job with Sable Systems in Las Vegas.

Brian Foster

Brian worked on Manduca respiratory physiology and took several trips to Arizona with us to do field work in the Chiricahua Mountains.

Tia Hunter

Tia worked on insect physiological ecology and went to SWRS with our lab group during one summer.

Joey Latsha

Joey worked on insect physiological ecology in 2008 & 2009.