• Monday 1000-1130
  • Wednesday 1000-1130
  • Thursday 1130-1230



Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions

Molecular ecology


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My Course Syllabi

Principles of Ecology - Spring 2016

Ecology Lab - Spring 2016

Molecular Ecology - Spring 2016


Jennifer Apple

Associate Professor of


ISC 258
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Dr. Jennifer Apple has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Utah, May 2001
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Puget Sound, 1994

Research Interests

My research efforts have been focused on the population biology and population genetics of slavemaking ants and the host ant species that they exploit (in our own Roemer Arboretum). I am working with students to develop projects involving other organisms in the Arboretum and other local sites. Such projects include studies of the impacts of invasive shrubs and surveys of native pollinators.

More information on the Arboretum can be found on its public Facebook page at and on its website at

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Apple, J.L., S.L. Lewandowski,* and J.L. Levine*. 2014. Nest relocation in the slavemaking ants Formica subintegra and F. pergandei: a response to host nest availability that increases raiding success. Insectes Sociaux 61:347-356. (* undergraduate co-authors)
  • Apple, J.L., T. Grace, A. Joern, P. St. Amand, and S.A. Wisely. 2010. Comparative genome scan detects host-related divergent selection in the grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis. Molecular Ecology 19:4012-4028.
  • Bishop, J.G., N. O’Hara, J.H. Titus, J.L. Apple, R.A. Gill, and L. Wynn. 2010. N-P co-limitation of primary production and response of arthropods to N and P in early primary succession on Mount St. Helens volcano. PLoS ONE 5:e13958.
  • Apple, J.L., M. Wink, S.E. Wills, and J.G. Bishop. 2009. Successional change in phosphorus stoichiometry explains the inverse relationship between herbivory and lupin density on Mount St. Helens. PLoS ONE 4:e7087.
  • Adamski, D.A., J.L. Apple, and J.G. Bishop. 2009. A new Filatima Busck (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) associated with lupine and early herbivore colonization on Mount St. Helens. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111:293-304.
  • Grace, T., A. Joern, J.L. Apple, S.J. Brown, and S.M. Wisely. 2009. Highly polymorphic microsatellites in the North American snakeweed grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis. Journal of Orthoptera Research 18:19-21.
  • Apple, J.L., and D.A. Adamski. 2006. The biology of Chionodes hibiscella (Busck) with a description of the immature stages. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 108:575-582.
  • Gill, R.A., J.A. Boie, J.G. Bishop, L. Larsen, J.L. Apple, and R.D. Evans. 2006. Linking community and ecosystem development on Mount St. Helens. Oecologia 148:312-324.
  • Fagan, W.F., M.A. Lewis, M.G. Neubert, C. Aumann, J.L. Apple, and J.G. Bishop. 2005. When can herbivores slow or reverse the spread of an invading plant? A test case from Mount St. Helens. American Naturalist 166:669-685.
  • Apple, J.L., and D.H. Feener, Jr. 2001. Ant visitation of extrafloral nectaries of Passiflora: the effects of nectary attributes and ant behavior on patterns in facultative ant-plant mutualisms. Oecologia 127: 409-416.


  • Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum Advisory Board, Chair (2013 - present)
Fall 2016 Classes

BIOL 203:
Principles of Ecology

    A study of the interrelationship of organisms and their environment. Emphasis is placed upon levels of ecological organization. BIOL 117 and BIOL 119. Restricted to pre-biology majors, majors, and m
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BIOL 204:
Ecology Laboratory

    Selected laboratory research projects in levels of ecological organization from organisms to populations, communities, and ecosystems. Restricted to pre-biology majors, majors, and minors. Prerequisit
    es/Corerequisite: BIOL 203.
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