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Jennifer Apple

Associate Professor of Biology
Integrated Science Center 258

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

Jennifer Apple's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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Portrait of Jennifer Apple

Office Hours Spring 2020

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Utah, May 2001

  • B.S. in Biology, University of Puget Sound, 1994


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

Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions

  • Molecular ecology


  • 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.

More About Me

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

My Course Syllabi

Biol 203 - Principles of Ecology - Spring 2018 (pdf)

Biol 204 - Ecology Lab - Spring 2018 (pdf)

Biol 327 - Molecular Ecology - Spring 2018 (pdf)

Biol 345 - Biology of Insects - Fall 2018 (pdf)


  • BIOL 203: Principles of Ecology

    A study of the interrelationship of organisms and their environment. Emphasis is placed upon levels of ecological organization. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirement. BIOL 117 and BIOL 119.

  • BIOL 204: Ecology Laboratory

    Selected laboratory research projects in levels of ecological organization from organisms to populations, communities, and ecosystems. Prerequisites/Corerequisite: BIOL 203. Proficiency in Basic Requirement.

  • BIOL 327: Molecular Ecology

    This course explores how molecular methods are used to address research questions in ecology. The techniques for generating molecular marker data as well as the properties and applications of different types of molecular data will be examined. Topics will include phylogeography, population genetics, conservation genetics, behavioral ecology, adaptation, ecological genetics, speciation, hybridization, and microbial ecology. Prerequisites: Proficiency in Basic Requirement. BIOL 203 and BIOL 222. Offered every spring