Dr. Michael J. Wise

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Environmental Studies
Office: 411B Life Science





B.A. University of Virginia. Environmental Science. 1990.

Ph.D. Duke University. Biology. 2003.

Research & Teaching Interests

I have experience with and interest in teaching a wide variety of biological topics:

  • Biodiversity and Principles of Biology (introductory biology courses)
  • Nonmajors' Biology (e.g., Biology on a Changing Planet)
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Entomology, Field Botany, and Ornithology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Biostatistics and Scientific Writing

Recent Publications

  • Farley, G.M., M.J. Wise, J. Harrison, G. Sutton, C. Kuo, and S.N. Patek. 2019. Legless larvae leap using hydrostatic loading and adhesive latching. Journal of Experimental Biology. 222: jeb201129 doi: 10.1242/jeb.201129.
  • Wise M.J. 2018. Field frequency and pattern of inheritance of the herbivory-defense trait "resistance by ducking" in the giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea Aiton). PlantEcology and Evolution. 151(2):271-277.
  • Wise, M.J. 2018. How to teach the Hardy-Weinberg principle using engaging, non-trivial evolutionary scenarios. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching. 44(1):28-36.
  • Wise, M.J. 2018. On Hardy-Weinberg in introductory biology: teaching this fundamental principle in an authentic, engaging, and accurate manner. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching. 44(1):37-41.

  • Wise, M.J. 2018. Defense with benefits? Ducking plants outperformed erect plants in an experimental population of the goldenrod Solidago gigantea. American Journal of Botany. 105(6):1-8.

  • Wise, M.J. 2018. The notoriously destructive potato stalk borer (Trichobaris trinotata) has negligible impact on its native host, Solanum carolinense (horsenettle). Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 12(3):385-394.

  • Wise, M.J. 2017. A field investigation into the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity and alien invasions of plant communities. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching. 43(2):3-14.

  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2017. Constraints on the evolution of resistance to gall flies in Solidago altissima: Resistance sometimes costs more than it is worth. New Phytologist. 215(1):423-433.

  • Wise, M.J. 2017. Does it matter if students have the same instructor for both lecture and lab sections? An analysis of introductory biology students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 17(1):1-14.

  • Wise, M.J. and M.D. Rausher. 2016. Costs of resistance and correlational selection for resistance in the multiple-herbivore community of Solanum carolinense. Evolution. 70(10):2411-2420.

  • Dorchin, N., J.B. Joy, L.K. Hilke, M.J. Wise, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2015. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the goldenrod-associated Asphondylia species(Diptera: Cecidomyiidae): challenging morphology, complex host-associations, and cryptic speciation. Systematic Entomology.

  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2013. Modeling simultaneous selection for resistance and tolerance in goldenrod (Solidago altissima) across a range of spittlebug population densities. International Journal of Modern Botany. 3(2A):5-14.
  • March, P.J., M.J. Wise, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2013. The effect of resource stress on goldenrod's tolerance of folivory depends more on the identity of the stress than on the severity of the stress. International Journal of Modern Botany. 3(2A):15-25.

  • Wise, M.J. and M.D. Rausher. 2013. Evolution of resistance to a multiple-herbivore community: genetic correlations, diffuse coevolution, and constraints on the plant’s response to selection. Evolution. 67:1767-1779.

  • Wise, M.J., J.V. Vu, and D.E. Carr. 2011. Potential ecological constraints on the evolution of gynodioecy in Mimulus guttatus: relative fecundity and pollinator behavior in a mixed-sex population. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 172:199-210.

  • Wise, M.J. 2010. Limenitis arthemis astyanax (Fabricius) (Nymphalidae) sipping cercopid spittle on tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima L. (Asteraceae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 64:217-218.
  • Wise, M.J., J.A. Cole, and D.E. Carr. 2010. An investigation of potential ecological costs of resistance by “stem ducking” in tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 136:271-280.

  • Wise, M.J. 2010. Diffuse interactions between two herbivores and constraints on the evolution of resistance in horsenettle (Solanum carolinense). Arthropod-Plant Interactions 4:159-164.
  • Wise M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2010. Genetic variation for susceptibility to storm-induced stem breakage in Solidago altissima: the role of stem height and morphology. Acta Oecologica 36:372-376.

  • Wise, M.J., and J.B. Hébert. 2010. Herbivores exert natural selection for floral-sex ratio in a field population of horsenettle, Solanum carolinense. Ecology 91:937-943.
  • Wise, M.J., Abrahamson, W.G., and J.A. Cole. 2010. The role of nodding stems in the goldenrod-gall-fly interaction: a test of the “ducking” hypothesis. American Journal of Botany 97:525-529.

  • Wise, M.J. 2009. To duck or not to duck: resistance advantages and disadvantages of the candy-cane stem phenotype in tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima. New Phytologist 183:900-907.
  • Wise, M.J., C.G. Yi, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2009. Associational resistance, gall-fly preferences, and a stem dimorphism in Solidago altissima. Acta Oecologica 35:471-476.

  • Wise, M.J. 2009. Competition among herbivores of Solanum carolinense as a constraint on the evolution of host-plant resistance. Evolutionary Ecology. 23:347-361.
  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2008. Applying the limiting resource model to plant tolerance of apical-meristem damage. American Naturalist 172:635-647

  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2008. Ducking as a means of resistance to herbivory in tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima. Ecology 89:3275-3281.
  • Wise, M.J., and D.E. Carr. 2008. On quantifying tolerance of herbivory for comparative analyses. Evolution 62:2429-2434.

  • Wise, M.J., L.E. Coffey, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2008. Nutrient stress and gall flies interact to affect floral-sex ratio in gynomonoecious Solidago altissima (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany 95:1233-1239.
  • Wise, M.J., J.J. Cummins, and C. De Young. 2008. Compensation for floral herbivory in Solanum carolinense: identifying mechanisms of tolerance. Evolutionary Ecology 22:19-37.

  • Wise, M.J., J.M. Partelow, K.J. Everson, M.K. Anselmo, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2008. Good mothers, bad mothers, and the nature of resistance to herbivory in Solidago altissima. Oecologia 155:257-266.
  • Wise, M.J. 2007. Evolutionary ecology of resistance to herbivory: an investigation of potential genetic constraints in the multiple-herbivore community of Solanum carolinense. New Phytologist 175:773-784.

  • Wise, M.J. 2007. The herbivores of horsenettle, Solanum carolinense, in northern Virginia: natural history and damage assessment. Southeastern Naturalist 6:505-522.
  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2007. Effects of resource availability on tolerance of herbivory: a review and assessment of three opposing models. American Naturalist 169:443-454.

  • Wise, M.J., and J.J. Cummins. 2007. Herbivory as an agent of natural selection for floral-sex ratio in horsenettle (Solanum carolinense). Evolutionary Ecology Research 9:1319-1328.
  • Wise, M.J., W.G. Abrahamson, and K. Landis. 2006. Edaphic environment, gall midges, and goldenrod clonal expansion in a mid-successional old-field. Acta Oecologica 30:365-373.

  • Wise, M.J., and J.J. Cummins. 2006. Strategies of Solanum carolinense for regulating maternal investment in response to foliar and floral herbivory. Journal of Ecology 94:629-636.
  • Wise, M.J., R.J. Fox, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2006. Disarming the paradox of sublethal plant defense against insects: Trirhabda virgata larval development time and leaf tissue loss on Solidago altissima. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 120:77-87.

  • Wise, M.J., D.L. Kieffer, and W.G. Abrahamson. 2006. Costs and benefits of gregarious feeding in the meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius. Ecological Entomology 31:548-555.
  • Wise, M.J., and W.G. Abrahamson. 2005. Beyond the compensatory continuum: environmental resource levels and plant tolerance of herbivory. Oikos 109:417-428.

  • Wise, M.J., and J.J. Cummins. 2002. Nonfruiting hermaphroditic flowers as reserve ovaries in Solanum carolinense. American Midland Naturalist 148:236-245.
  • Wise, M.J., and A.M. Weinberg. 2002. Prior flea beetle herbivory affects oviposition preference and larval performance of a potato beetle on their shared host plant. Ecological Entomology 27:115-122.

  • Meyn, O., M.J. Wise, and S.E. Keane. 1999. TCDD in land-applied pulp and paper mill sludge: a valid risk assessment? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18:109-110.
  • Meyn, O., M. Zeeman, M.J. Wise, and S.E. Keane. 1997. Terrestrial wildlife risk assessment for TCDD in land-applied pulp and paper mill sludge. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 16:1789-1801.

  • Wise, M.J., and C.F. Sacchi. 1996. Impact of two specialist insect herbivores on reproduction of horse nettle, Solanum carolinense. Oecologia 108:328-337.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Plants, Insects, Ecology, Evolution