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Matt Persons, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Go Program: Focus Australia
Coordinator, Ecology Major

Phone: 570-372-4526
Email: persons@susqu.edu
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 210 F
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., MTWTHF

Personal Web Page

Academic Credentials:
PHD, Univ of Cincinnati
MS, Univ of Cincinnati
BA, Albion College

Persons is a behavioral ecologist, studying chemically-mediated predator-prey interactions and sexual selection in wolf spiders. He and his students examine the information content of silk in antipredator, foraging, and mating decisions. Recent publications include: “Multimodal signaling: the importance of chemical and visual cues from females to the behaviour of male wolf spiders,” published in the journal Animal Behaviour; “Dragline deposition patterns among male and female Hogna helluo (Araneae, Lycosidae) in the presence of chemical cues from prey,” published in the Journal of Arachnology, and “Evolutionarily costly courtship displays in a wolf spider: a test of viability indicator theory,” published in the journal Behavioral Ecology.

He teaches the introductory course Ecology, Evolution, and Heredity; upper-level courses Animal Behavior, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, and Invertebrate Zoology; the freshman seminar, Perspectives; and a non-majors course in Human Ecology. He currently serves as a director of the American Arachnological Society.


  • BIOL-101 Ecology, Evolution, & Heredity
  • BIOL-101L Ecol. Evolution & Heredity Lab
  • BIOL-324 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL-325 Animal Behavior Lab
  • BIOL-503 Biological Issues in Australia
  • BIOL-511 Student Research II
  • ECOL-501 Ecology Seminar
  • ECOL-510 Student Research I
  • ECOL-511 Student Research II
  • OFFP-AUSTRAL Focus Australia
  • OFFR-AUSTRAL Focus Australia
  • OFFS-AUSTRAL Focus Australia
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives

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