Professor, Biology Department
Drctr, Freshwater & Marine B, Biology Department
Phone: 814-871-7255
Office: Z 206
andraso001@gannon.edu

  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Courses Taught

* Animal Behavior (BIOL 302)
* Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 383)
* Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIOL 292)
* Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab (BIOL 293)
* Sp. Topics: Neural Mechanisms of Behavior (BIOL 490)
* Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL 122)
* Animal Form and Function (BIOL 124)

Educational History

* Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), Ph.D., Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, Dissertation Title: "Interactions among defensive morphology, startle performance, and Mauthner cell size in the brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans)", 1996.

*Hiram College (Hiram, OH), B.A. in Biology, 1990.
 

Professional Societies

* Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
* International Association of Great Lakes Research
* Pennsylvania Academy of Science

Publications

PUBLICATIONS:
Mack, T.N., and Andraso, G. (2014) Ostracods and other prey survive passage through the gut of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Journal of Great Lakes Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2014.12.016.

Skwor, T., Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Gee, C., and Andraso, G. (2014) Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas veronii predominate among potentially pathogenic ciprofloxacin- and tetracycline-resistant Aeromonas isolates from Lake Erie. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 841-848.

Grant, K., Shadle, M., and Andraso, G.M. (2012) First report of tubenose goby (Proterorhinus semilunaris) in the eastern basin of Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38: 821-824.

Andraso, G.M., Cowles, J., Colt, R., Patel, J., and Campbell, M. (2011) Ontogenetic changes in pharyngeal morphology correlate with a diet shift from arthropods to dreissenid mussels in round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 738-743.

Andraso, G.M., Ganger, M.T., and Adamczyk, J. (2011) Size-selective predation by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) on dreissenid mussels in the field. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 298-304.

Andraso, G.M., Eller, M., Upton, M., Higgs, D., and Janssen, J. (in review) Description of an acoustic signal by the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and the effect of its playback on conspecifics in the field. Journal of Fish Biology.

Andraso, G.M., Grazio, J.L., and Phillips, E.C. (2009) Assessment of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages in Fourmile Creek (Erie Co., PA) prior to stream improvement efforts. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 83(2/3): 67-76.

Speares, P.A., Callahan, L.D., Andraso, G.M., and Phillips, E.C. (2007) Response of round gobies (Apollonia melanostomus) to fibreglass models of conspecifics. Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution 19: 183-191.

Andraso, G.M., Rutter, M.A., Cherry, C.L., and Neal, A.A. (2007) Determining species identity and size of fragmented zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) from Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 81(1): 23-28.

Rollo, A., Andraso, G.M., Janssen, J., and Higgs, D. (2007) Attraction and localization of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) to conspecific calls. Behaviour 144: 1-21.

Andraso, G.M. (2005) Summer food habits of pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus) and bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) in Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. Journal of Great Lakes Research 31: 397-404.

Venesky, M.D., Andraso, G.M., and Ropski, S.J. (2005) Behavior of male Kenyi Cichlids, Pseudotropheus lombardoi, in response to visual and olfactory cues from females. BIOS 76: 77-83.

Andraso, G.M. and Barron, J.N. (2002) Unusually long spines in brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans) from the Mad River drainage, Ohio. American Midland Naturalist 147:162-169.

Barron, J.N. and Andraso, G.M. (2001) The influence of fall foraging success on follicle number in the northern water snake, Nerodia sipedon. Journal of Herpetology 35: 504-507.

Andraso, G.M. (1997) A comparison of startle response in two morphs of the brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans): Further evidence for a trade-off between defensive morphology and swimming ability. Evolutionary Ecology 11: 83-90.

Andraso, G.M. and Barron, J.N. (1995) Evidence for a trade-off between defensive morphology and startle-response performance in the brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans). Canadian Journal of Zoology 73: 1147-1153.

RESEARCH REPORTS:
Skwor, T., Andraso, G.M., and Shinko, J. (2010) Biochemical and molecular characterization of antibiotic resistance among Aeromonads and Pseudomonads in waters surrounding Presque Isle State Park.  Research report submitted to the Presque Isle Partnership and Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Phillips, E.C. and Andraso, G.M. (2007) Fourmile Creek fish assessment project.  Research report submitted to The Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program on Behalf of the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association.

Phillips, E.C. and Andraso, G.M. (2005) Fish biodiversity assessment of Pennsylvania tributary streams of Lake Erie.  Research report submitted to the Erie County Conservation District as part of the Lake Erie Watershed Assessment and Organizational Planning Project.

RECENT STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:
Andresky, E., James, S., Kanthala, N., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2014) “Evo-devo” of the pharyngeal apparatus of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 10th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

Andresky, E., McGaughey, N., Kanthala, N., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2014) “Evo-devo” of the pharyngeal apparatus of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. Celebrate Gannon. Erie, PA.

Czerniak, S., Fuller, B., Butts, E., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2014) Tracking invasive species using DNA in the feces of piscivorous fish. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 10th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

Ford, R., Wimer, A., Ganger, M., and Andraso, G. (2014) Comparison of age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond. Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. Erie, PA. 2nd place oral presentation

Fuller, B., Watson, T., Butts, E., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2014) Detecting invasive species in the feces of predatory fish. Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. Erie, PA. 3rd place poster presentation

Kanthala, N., McGaughey, N., Grant, K., and Andraso, G. (2014) A comparison of the pharyngeal morphology of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus) from Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 23rd Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation

Mack, T. and Andraso, G. (2014) Passage of hard-bodied prey live through the gut of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 23rd Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation

Taylor, Z, Grant, K., and Andraso, G. (2014) Estimates of early growth of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) using size frequency distributions and otolith analysis. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 10th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

Butts, E., Davis, E., Fuller, B., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2013) Detection of invasive species in the feces of predatory fish. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 9th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

DeDionisio, J., Shadle, M., Blank, N., and Andraso, G. (2013) Evidence of diet-related phenotypic plasticity in the pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Johnstown, PA. 1st place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research

Ford, R., Wimer, A., Ganger, M., and Andraso, G. (2013) Age and growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 9th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

James, S., Kanthala, N., Upton, M., Clabbatz, C., Grant, K., and Andraso, G. (2013) A comparison of the pharyngeal jaws of bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) and pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus). Celebrate Gannon. Erie, PA.

Legerski, M., Ganger, M., and Andraso, G. (2013) First report of the invasive, predatory cladoceran Cercopagis pengoi in Presque Isle Bay. Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 22nd Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA.

McGaughey, N., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2013) Genetic detection of bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. Celebrate Gannon. Erie, PA.

McGaughey, N., Andraso, G., and Grant, K. (2013) A genetic assay to identify bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 9th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

Shadle, M., DeDionisio, J., Blank, N., and Andraso, G. (2013) Evidence of diet-related phenotypic plasticity in the pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 22nd Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation

Taylor, Z., Grant, K., and Andraso, G. (2013) Early growth of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in Presque Isle Bay. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 9th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

Scholarship/Research

       My research interests are in the field of behavioral ecology, more specifically predator-prey dynamics and sexual selection.  Work in our lab over the last several years has focused on the round goby, an invasive species of fish from Eurasia.  Our work involves quantifying predation by round goby on dreissenid mussels (zebra and quagga mussels), determining the size of dreissenids preferred by goby, and exploring the factors influencing size-selectivity by goby.  We are also working with the pharyngeal apparatus of round goby, which functions like another set of jaws in crushing mollusk prey.  In addition to that work, we have also described and characterized vocalizations made by male round goby and we hope to elucidate the information content of those sounds.  More recently, we have begun investigating reproductive investment in the spiny water flea, an invasive species of zooplankton from Northern Europe and Asia, and how variation in offspring number relates to female size and age.  In the summer of 2012, we began investigating ontogenetic changes in food habits and pharyngeal apparatus of bluegills, pumpkinseeds and their hybrids.

Service

SCHOOL-ORIENTED SERVICE POSITIONS:

* Director, Freshwater and Marine Biology major, Gannon University (2014-present)

* University Rank and Tenure Committee, Gannon University (2012-present)

* Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Gannon University (2010-present)

* College Rank and Tenure Committee, Gannon University (2007-2010)

* Chair, College Academic Affairs Committee, Gannon University (2008-2010)

* College Academic Affairs Committee, Gannon University (2007-2008)

* Director of Pre-Med and Related Programs, Gannon University (2004-2009)

* Planning and Budget Advisory Committee member, Gannon University (2004-2005)

* Student Development Committee member, Gannon University (2004-2006)

* Student Conduct Committee member, Gannon University (2001-2004)

* Chair, Biology Outcomes and Assessment Committee, Gannon University (2009)

* Chair, Biologist/Pre-Medical Search Committee, Gannon University (2008)

* First Year Seminar in Biology Committee member, Gannon University (2009)

* Inorganic Chemist Search Committee member, Gannon University (2007-2008)

* Microbiologist Search Committee member, Gannon University (2002, 2005)

* Freshman/Sophomore Pre-Professional advisor, Gannon University (2001-2004)

* Zurn Hall Space Committee member, Gannon University (2003)

* Chair, committee to investigate research portion of Biology curriculum, Gannon University (2003)

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICE POSITIONS:

* President, Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (2012-2014)

* Vice President, Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Ctr. (2010-2012)

* Board member, Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Environmental Ctr. (2004-present)

* Board member, Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association (PLEWA) (2002-present)

* Steering Committee, Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) Public Forum (2008-2010)

* Member, Nature Reader Panel (2008-2009)

* Reviewer of manuscripts for:
     Animal Behavior
     Aquatic Invasions
     Behaviour
     BIOS
     Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
     Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
     Canadian Journal of Zoology
     Copeia
     Journal of Great Lakes Research