Joshua Schwartz

Joshua Schwartz

Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Biology
Westchester
202
Costello House

Biography

Faculty Bio

My main interests are vertebrate behavior and sensory ecology with a focus on animal communication. The objective of my research program is to increase our understanding of how both proximate and ultimate factors, including adaptations facilitating the detection and assessment of biologically relevant sensory information, can shape the communication systems of animals.

Awards and Honors

  • 1985, Dobzhansky Prize, Society for the Study of Evolution

Education

PhD, The University of Connecticut, 1984
Biology

MFS, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1978
Wildlife and Population Ecology

BA, Connecticut College, 1976
Botany

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

My main interests are vertebrate behavior and sensory ecology with a focus on animal communication. The objective of my research program is to increase our understanding of how both proximate and ultimate factors, including adaptations facilitating the detection and assessment of biologically relevant sensory information, can shape the communication systems of animals.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Pace Scholarly Research Awards
2013 - 2014. Pace Univ., Pace University, $2,612.00. Funded.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

BIO 101: General Biology I
BIO 102: General Biology II
BIO 123: Biology & Contemporary Society
BIO 205: Cncpts of Envrnmntl Scnce
BIO 210: Ecology
BIO 220: Human Biology & Cntmpry Scty
BIO 292: Bio Lbrtry Rsrch Trng
BIO 322: Animal Behavior
BIO 395: Independent Study in Biology
BIO 396: Guided Study in Biology
BIO 480: Research in Biology
BIO 481: Research in Biology II
BIO 490: Intro to Rsrch in Biolgcl Sci
BIO 490: Practicum in Research Methods
ENS 611: Environmental Science II
ENS 772: Thesis Preparation
ENS 792: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci I
ENS 793: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci II
ENV 380: Junior Year Research Seminar
ENV 499: Senior Year Exp/Environmental

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Is it one call or two? Perception of inter-pulse and inter-call intervals in the gray treefrog, Hyla versicolor.
(2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Behaviour. Vol 154 , pages 337-356.

Calling site choice and its impact on call degradation and call attractiveness in the gray treefrog, Hyla versicolor.
(2015, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

All's well that begins Wells: Celebrating 60 years of Animal Behaviour and 36 years of research on anuran social behaviour.
(2013). Animal Behaviour. Vol 85 , pages 5-18.

Anuran acoustic signal production in noisy environments
(2013). New York, NY :Springer. , pages 91-132.

Anuran signal perception in noisy environments
(2013). H. Brumm (Eds.), New York, NY :Springer. , pages 133-185.

Calling in gray treefrog choruses: modifications and mysteries.
(2013). Proceedings on Meetings on Acoustics. Vol 19 , pages 6.

Effect of anomalous pulse timing on call discrimination by females of the gray treefrog: behavioral correlates of neurobiology
(2010). Journal of Experimental Biology. (Issue 213) , pages 2066-2072.

Perception by frogs in the presence of chorus-shaped noise: I. Behavioral measures of signal recognition thresholds
(2009). J. Acoust. Soc. Amer.. (Issue 126) , pages 2788-2801.

Acoustic Interaction in Animal Groups: Signaling
(2008). Journal of Comparative Psychology. (Issue 122) , pages 231-234.

Interference risk and the function of dynamic shifts in calling in the gray treefrog
(2008). Journal of Comparative Psychology. (Issue 122) , pages 283-288.

Presentations

Is it One Call or Two? Perception of Inter-pulse and Inter-call Intervals in the Gray Treefrog, Hyla versicolor.
(2017, April 23). Northeastern Natural History Conference . Eagle Hill Institute,

Communication in the Cacophony of a Treefrog Chorus
(2016, April 23). Northeastern Natural History Conference. Eagle Hill Institute,

(2015, April 6). Invited Seminar. Utica College

Knowledge and Attitudes of College Students About the Use of Elephants for Ivory
(2014, November). 11th Annual Environmental Consortium Conference . Environmental Consortium,

(2014, August). 51st Annual Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(2014, May). 167th Meeting. Acoustical Society of America

(2014, April). Pace Research Day. Pace University

NaturesPace: A Natural History Information Database and Website with Mobile Device Access for the Pace Campus
(2013, November). 10th Annual Conference. Environmental Consortium

(2013, June). 165 Annual meeting. Acoustical Society of America / International Society on Acoustics

(2013, April). Invited Seminar. Queen's College

(2013, January). Annual Meeting. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

(2012, August). International Congress of Neuroethology

(2012, June). Annual Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(2011, August). Third Internatl. Conf. on Acoustic Communication by Animals. .

(2011, March). Mount Saint Mary College, Department of Biology

(2010, July). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists. .

(2009, January). Annual Meeting. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

(2008, August). 12th Congress. International Society For Behavioral Ecology

(2008, April). Western Connecticut State University, Department of Biology

(2007, November). Columbia University, Department of Biology (Neurolunch)

(2007, July). Annual Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(2007, March). Marymount College of Fordham University, Department of Biology

(2006, September). Pace University (NYC), Dept. of Biological & Health Sciences

Symposium: Acoustic Interactions in Animal Groups
(2006, June). 151st Meeting. Acoustical Society of America

(2006, April). Northeastern Natural History Conference

(2006, March). Bear Mountain League of Naturalists

(2005, August). Annual Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(2005, April). Union College, Dept. of Biology

(2005, January). National Museum of Natural History

Symposium: Animal Bioacoustics in Honor of Donald Griffin
(2004, May). 75th Anniversary Meeting. Acoustical Society of America

(2004, April). Utica College of Syracuse University (Dept. of Biology)

(2003, July). First Internatl. Conf. on Acoustic Communication by Animals. .

(2003, July). Fordham University, Calder Center (Dept. of Biology)

Symposium: Amphibian Bioacoustics in Honor of Robert Capranica
(2002, December). 144th Meeting. Acoustical Society of America

(2002, November). Fordham University, Dept. of Biology

(2002, July). Annual Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(2002, March). Brown University, Psychology Dept.

(2002, January). Pace University Sigma Xi Chapter

(2001, July). Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

(2001, April). Institute of Ecosystem Studies

(2000, July). Dept. of Biology, Pace University

(2000, April). Natural Sciences, Casenovia College

Symposium in honor of Dr. Murray Littlejohn
(1999, June). .

(1999, April). Dept. of Biology, S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh

(1999, February). Dept. of Biology, Roanoke College

(1999, February). Dept. of Biology, Eastern Illinois University

Symposium on Recent Advances in Anuran Communication
(1998, July). ASIH

(1998, February). Dept. of Biology, Stephen's College

(1998, February). Dept. of Biology, Franklin & Marshall College

Symposium on Neuroethology of Sensory Systems
(1997, September). Midwestern Regional Animal Behavior Society

(1996, March). Dept. of Psychology, University of Wisconsin

(1996, February). Dept. of Biology, University of Missouri,

Symposium on Communication in Insects & Frogs
(1995, September). Fourth International Congress of Neuroethology. .

(1995, February). Association for Research in Otolaryngology

(1995, January). Dept. of Biology, Washington University

Symposium on Neuroethology of Communication
(1994, April). Midwestern Regional Animal Behavior Society

(1994, February). Dept. of Biology, University of Nebraska

Symposium on Communication
(1994, January). World Congress of Herpetology

Symposium on Acoustic Communication in Insects & Frogs
(1993, December). ASZ

(1993, October). Dept. of Entomology, University of Kansas

(1993, August). Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute . .

Symposium on Pattern Recognition and Localization in Acoustic Communication
(1993, June). Gottingen Neurobiology Conference. .

(1993, June). Munchen, Germany.

(1993, June). Fakultat Biologie, Universitat,

Symposium on Sexual Selection in Ectotherms
(1993, May). ASIH

(1992, September). Missouri Herpetological Association

(1991, July). Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. .

(1991, June). Dept. of Biology, Central Connecticut State University

(1990, June). National Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(1990, April). Dept. of Biology, S.U.N.Y. at Cortland

(1990, February). Dept. of Psychology, Yale University

(1989, December). Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University

(1989, November). Northeastern Regional Animal Behavior Society

(1989, September). First World Congress of Herpetology

(1989, August). Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. .

(1989, May). Acoustical Society of America

Association for Research in Otolaryngology
(1989, February). .

(1988, November). Northeastern Regional Animal Behavior Society

Population Biologists of New England
(1988, November). .

(1988, April). Dept. of Zoology, The University of Oklahoma

(1987, August). International Ethological Conference . .

Symposium on Anuran Behavior
(1987, June). ASIH

(1987, March). Dept. of Psychology, Brown University

(1986, August). Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

(1986, June). Society for the Study of Evolution

(1986, June). National Museum of Natural History

Population Biologists of New England
(1986, May). .

(1985, September). Dept. of Zoology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

(1985, August). International Ethological Conference. .

(1985, June). Annual Meeting. Society for the Study of Evolution

Population Biologists of New England
(1984, October). .

(1984, March). Institute of Ecosystem Studies

(1983, December). Annual Meeting. American Society of Zoologists

(1983, June). National Meeting. Animal Behavior Society

(1983, April). Conference of Northeastern Herpetologists

(1982, October). Northeastern Regional Animal Behavior Society

(1982, June). Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • AAAS
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Herpetologists League
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Society for the Study of Evolution