Ecology and behavior of burying beetles (Nicrophorus: Silphidae)

Ecology:

Behavior:

Research conducted primarily at The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, but also in the vicinity of Pocatello, Idaho (ISU).

Publications:

Grossman, Judah and Rosemary J. Smith. 2008. Phoretic mite discrimination among male burying beetle (Nicrophorus investigator) hosts. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 10 (1): 266-271.

Merrick, Melissa and Rosemary J. Smith.  2004. Temperature regulation in burying beetles (Nicrophorus spp.: Coleoptera: Silphidae): effects of body size, morphology, and environmental temperature. J. of Experimental Biology.  207: 723-733.

Smith, Rosemary J.  2002. Effect of larval body size on overwinter survival and emerging adult size in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus investigator. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80(9):1588-1593. (FREE PDF reprint)

Smith, Rosemary J. and Merrick, M. J. 2001. Resource availability and population dynamics of Nicrophorus investigator, an obligate carrion breeder. Ecological Entomology, 26:1-8.

Smith, Rosemary J., Amy Hines, Stephanie Richmond, Melissa Merrick, Allison Drew, and Rachelle Fargo. 2000. Altitudinal variation in body size and population density of Nicrophorus investigator (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Environmental Entomology, 29(2):290-298. FREE PDF reprint.

Smith, Rosemary J., Bonilla, Martha, Calahan, Courtney, & Jay Mann. 2000/2001. Comparison of reproductive success of in-situ burial versus the use of abandoned burrows for carcass interment by Nicrophorus investigator (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 73(4):152-158. Printed 9 May 2001.

Smith, Rosemary J. and Bryce Heese. 1995. Carcass selection in a high altitude population of the burying beetle, Nicrophorus investigator (Silphidae). The Southwestern Naturalist 40(1):50-55.

Recent Presentations:

Smith, R. J.  Reproduction in the burying beetle (Nicrophorus investigator): no communal breeding, and if larger, females may parent alone.  Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, UT, August 2008.
Smith, R. J. A field test of the hypothesis that extended paternal care in Nicrophorus (burying beetle) yields delayed benefits.  Evolution Annual Meeting, Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN, June 2008.
Smith, R.J.  Molecular genetic tools for studying the evolution of reproductive behaviors of males and females.  ISU WeLEAD research symposium, February 2008.