Professor, 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:
* 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., 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.

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.

PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS:
* Andraso, G.M. and Ganger, M.T. (2011) Factors influencing size-selective predation by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) on dreissenid mussels. International Association of Great Lakes Research, 54th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Duluth, MN.

* Skwor, T., Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Andraso, G.M., and Gee, C. (2010) Characterizing phenotypic and molecular virulence factors in antibiotic resistant Aeromonads from Presque Isle Bay. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 6th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Andraso, G.M., Ganger, M.T., and Gluvna, J. (2009) Possible factors influencing size-selective predation on dreissenid mussels by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) in the field. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 5th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Andraso, G.M. and Ganger, M.T. (2008) Size-selective predation on dreissenid mussels by round gobies (Apollonia melanostomus) in the field. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 4th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Andraso, G.M., Cherry, C.L., and Neal, A.A. (2006) Determining species identity and size of fragmented zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) from Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 2nd Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Higgs, D., Rollo, A., and Andraso, G.M. (2006) Field and laboratory evidence for sound localization ability in the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Bi-annual Ecology and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes Conference. Aliso Viejo, CA.

* Andraso, G.M., Speares, P., Abel, N., and Callahan, L. (2004) Visual and Acoustic Communication in the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2004 Annual Conference and Workshop. Clarion, PA.

* Andraso, G.M. (2003) Predation on zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) by pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) and bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) in Presque Isle Bay. 1st Annual Regional Research Symposium, Presque Isle State Park. Erie, PA.

* Andraso, G.M. and Barron, J.N. (2001) Unusually long spines in brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans) from the Mad River drainage, Ohio. 81st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. State College, PA.

* Andraso, G.M. (1995) Startle response performance of two brook stickleback morphs: A possible mechanism for the maintenance of a pelvic girdle polymorphism. Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting. Lincoln, NE.

* Andraso, G.M. (1994) A trade-off between defensive morphology and escape response efficiency in the brook stickleback (Culaea inconstans). Ninth Biennial International Conference on the Evolutionary and Ecological Ethology of Fishes and the Midwest Animal Behavior Conference Annual Meeting. Victoria, BC, Canada.

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS:
* Blank, N. and Andraso, G. (2012) Comparison of pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) from two populations in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Loretto, PA. 1st place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Blank, N. and Andraso, G. (2012) Comparison of pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) from two populations in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 20th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Best oral presentation.

* Blank, N. and Andraso, G. (2012) Comparison of pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) from two populations in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. San Juan, PR. 2nd place oral presentation.

* Cowles, J. and Andraso, G. (2012) Ontogenetic changes in pharyngeal morphology correlate with a diet shift from arthropods to dreissenid mussels in round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Loretto, PA.

* Cowles, J. and Andraso, G. (2012) Ontogenetic changes in pharyngeal morphology correlate with a diet shift from arthropods to dreissenid mussels in round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. San Juan, PR.

* Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Gee, C., Andraso, G., and Skwor, T. (2012) Antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity of the bacterial genus Aeromonas from Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. San Juan, PR. 1st Place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Blank, N., Andraso, G., and LaPaglia-Durante, J. (2011) Phenotypic plasticity of the pharyngeal apparatus of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 7th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Cowles, J., Andraso, G., 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). The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 7th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA. 2nd place student oral presentation

* Lybrook, J., Diz, R., and Andraso, G. (2011) An evaluation of the relationship between quantitative stream habitat classifications and corresponding fishery health data: Does EPA’s visual-based habitat assessment protocol adequately predict the health of a fish community? The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 7th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Augustyniak, A., Shinko, J., Andraso, G.M., and Skwor, T. (2011) Demonstration of antibiotic gene transfer via conjugation between bacterial strains isolated from Lake Erie. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 20th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA.

* Augustyniak, A., Shinko, J., Skwor, T., and Andraso, G.M. (2011) Investigation of horizontal gene transfer between bacteria isolated from municipal waste water and Aeromonas hydrophila isolated from Lake Erie. 32nd Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western PA. Erie, PA.

* Augustyniak, A., Shinko, J., Skwor, T., and Andraso, G.M. (2011) An overview and assessment of antibiotic resistance in the bacterial genus Aeromonas from Lake Erie. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. New Wilmington, PA. 1st Place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Cowles, J., Patel, J., Gleichsner, A., Colt, R., Campbell, M., and Andraso, G.M. (2011) Ontogenetic diet shift and pharyngeal tooth remodeling in the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 20th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA.

* Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Andraso, G.M., and Skwor, T. (2011) Evaluation of antibiotic resistance and characterization of Aeromonas spp. from Presque Isle Bay. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 20th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up poster presentation.

* Shinko, J., Andraso, G.M., and Skwor, T. (2011) Identification of microheterogeneties in the 16S rRNA gene among Aeromonas isolates from Lake Erie. 32nd Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western PA. Erie, PA. 2nd place oral presentation

* Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Gee, C., Andraso, G.M., and Skwor, T. (2011) An assessment of virulent genotypes and phenotypes associated with antibiotic resistant Aeromonas spp. from Lake Erie. Celebrate Gannon. Erie, PA.

* Wimer, A., Rogers, C., and Andraso, G.M. (2011) Forces generated by round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) while attempting to remove food from hard substrate. 32nd Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western PA. Erie, PA.

* Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Andraso, G.M., Gee, C., and Skwor, T. (2010) Evaluation of antibiotic resistance and species-level characterization of the bacterial genus Aeromonas from Presque Isle Bay. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 6th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Augustyniak, A., Shinko, J., Andraso, G., and Skwor, T. (2010) An overview and assessment of antibiotic resistance in the bacterial genus Aeromonas from Lake Erie. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Research Day. 1st prize poster presentation

* Shinko, J., Augustyniak, A., Gee, C., Andraso, G., and Skwor, T. (2010) Assessing Potential Human Pathogens Associated with Antibiotic Resistant Aeromonads from Lake Erie. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Research Day.

* Ropski, M.K., Wojtkielewicz, B., and Andraso, G.M. (2010) Possible refugia of dreissenid mussels from predation by round gobies. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention. Durango, CO. 1st Place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research

* Rhoads, J., Delost, G., Andraso, G.M., Skwor, T. (2010) Characterization of Aeromonad and Pseudomonad populations in a white perch, Morone americana, skin lesion from Presque Isle Bay. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 6th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA. 2nd place student oral presentation.

* Rhoads, J., Delost, G., Andraso, G.M., Skwor, T. (2010) Characterization of Aeromonad and Pseudomonad populations in a white perch, Morone americana, skin lesion from Presque Isle Bay. 31st Annual Western Pennsylvania Biology Research Symposium. Beaver Falls, PA.

* Russo, T., Fouse, S., Mershimer, K., Delost, G., Rhoads, J., Skwor, T., and Andraso, G.M. (2010) Determining the prevalence and identity of antibiotic resistant bacteria in water samples from Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 19th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Best oral presentation.

* Rhoads, J., Delost, G., Andraso, G.M., Skwor, T. (2010) Application of the first steps of Koch’s postulates in identifying the etiologic agent of a skin lesion found on a white perch, Morone americana, from Presque Isle Bay. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 19th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up poster presentation.

* Ropski, M.K., Wojtkielewicz, B., and Andraso, G.M. (2009) Possible refugia of dreissenid mussels from predation by round gobies. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 5th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA. 1st place oral presentation

* Russo, T.J., Fouse, S., Mershimer, K., Skwor, T., and Andraso, G.M. (2009) Bacterial antibiotic resistance in water samples, quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis), and feces of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) and bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) from Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 5th Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA. 1st place oral presentation.

* Ropski, M.K., Wojtkielewicz, B., and Andraso, G.M. (2009) Size distributions of dreissenid mussels on benthic and vertical substrates in Presque Isle Bay. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 18th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation.

* Ropski, M.K., Wojtkielewicz, B., and Andraso, G.M. (2009) Size distributions of dreissenid mussels on benthic and  vertical substrates in Presque Isle Bay. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Geneseo, NY. 3rd place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Smith, K., Phillips, E.C., and Andraso, G.M. (2007) Use of fish community structure to assess the condition of Fourmile Creek. The Regional Science Consortium at the Tom Ridge Center at Presque Isle 3rd Annual Research Symposium. Erie, PA.

* Upton, M., Eller, M., and Andraso, G.M. (2007) Response of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) to playbacks of conspecific sounds in the field. The 83rd annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Monroeville, PA.

* Upton, M., Eller, M., and Andraso, G.M. (2007) Response of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) to playbacks of conspecific sounds in the field. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Loretto, PA. 1st place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Upton, M., Pecoraro, C., and Andraso, G.M. (2006) Response of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) to playbacks of vocalizations in the field. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Erie, PA. 2nd place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Upton, M., Pecoraro, C., and Andraso, G.M. (2006) Response of round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus) to playbacks of vocalizations in the field. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 15th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation.

* Venesky, M.D., Andraso, G.M., and Ropski, S.J. (2004) Behavior of male Kenyi Cichlid, Pseudotropheus lombardoi, in response to visual and olfactory stimulation by females. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society 2004 Biennial National Convention. Grand Junction, CO. 3rd place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Venesky, M.D., Andraso, G.M., and Ropski, S.J. (2004) Behavior of male Kenyi Cichlid, Pseudotropheus lombardoi, in response to visual and olfactory stimulation by females. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Grove City, PA. 1st place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Venesky, M.D., Andraso, G.M., and Ropski, S.J. (2004) Behavior of male Kenyi Cichlid, Pseudotropheus lombardoi, in response to visual and olfactory stimulation by females. The Penn State Behrend – Sigma Xi 13th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Runner-up oral presentation.

* Speares, P., Andraso, G.M., and Phillips, E.C. (2004) The effect of body size and coloration on the behavior of resident round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society 2004 Biennial National Convention. Grand Junction, CO.

* Speares, P., Andraso, G.M., and Phillips, E.C. (2004) The effect of body size and coloration on the behavior of resident round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Grove City, PA. 1st place, Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in student research.

* Speares, P., Andraso, G.M., and Phillips, E.C. (2004) The effect of body size and coloration on the behavior of resident round gobies (Neogobius melanostomus). The Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 13 Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA. Best oral presentation.

* Speares, P., Andraso, G.M., and Phillips, E.C. (2003) The effect of body size and coloration on the aggressiveness of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). The Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 12th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. Erie, PA.

* Speares, P., Andraso, G.M. and Phillips, E.C. (2003) The effect of body size and coloration on the aggressiveness of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society District Convention. Fredonia, NY. Honorable mention poster presentation.
 

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 and pumpkinseed sunfish.

Service

SCHOOL-ORIENTED SERVICE POSITIONS:

* 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-present)

* 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 (1992-1996, 2008-2009)
     Behaviour (1993-1996, 2004)
     BIOS (2011)
     Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2003)
     Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (2004-2005, 2010)
     Canadian Journal of Zoology (1993-1996, 2005-2006)
     Copeia (2007)
     Journal of Great Lakes Research (2009, 2010)