Department of Zoology

Alan B. Cady
Professor
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 1984
behavioral ecology, arachnology

Office:
110 Levey
148 PSN

Lab:
141B PSN

Phone:
727-3258
529-3176


529-3198
Email:
cadyab@MUOhio.edu
Office Hours:
  Monday . . . .
  Tuesday . . . .
  Wednesday . .
  Thursday. . . . OXF by appt.
  Friday. . . . . . OXF by appt.

Biographical Information:

Alan Cady is a field ecologist with broad interests in behavioral ecology, biological control, and arachnology, but his main focus has been on spider communities. His investigations employ field experiments to help determine how these predators influence arthropod community structure, mostly in agroecosystems. One project seeks to determine the importance of hedgerows in agricultural systems, while another studied the behavioral and reproductive effects on spiders from sub-lethal doses of malathion.

Dr. Cady’s research over the last 5 years reflects his long-time interest in understanding how spiders, harvestmen, and other generalist predatory arthropods may act as agents of biological control. Current research investigates why the presence of discrete habitat refugia (small straw piles) in row crops (corn & soy) tend to increase plant growth and yields. He also has been experimenting with harvestmen in vegetable gardens to assess their ability to protect plants from herbivorous insects. Another project has taken him to Brasil to study spider/ mite interactions in rubber plantations.

Dr. Cady’s diverse training extends into the classroom where he teaches zoology, ecology, anatomy, and physiology courses for majors, non-majors, and nursing students.



Courses Taught:

  1. Animal Diversity (ZOO 113)
  2. Environmental Biology (ZOO 121)
  3. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (ZOO 201)
  4. Animal Physiology (ZOO 305)
  5. Pathophysiology (ZOO 325)
  6. Graduate Seminar (ZOO 710)


Recent Publications:

  1. Anderson, C., A. Cady, & D. Meikle. 2003. EFFECTS OF VEGETATION STRUCTURE AND EDGE HABITAT ON THE DENSITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF WHITE-FOOTED MICE (PEROMYSCUS LEUCOPUS) IN SMALL AND LARGE FOREST PATCHES. Canadian Journal of Zoology 81: 897-904.

  2. Rinaldi, I.M.P., B.P. Mendes, and A.B. Cady. 2002. DISTRIBUTION AND IMPORTANCE OF SPIDERS INHABITING A BRAZILIAN SUGAR CANE PLANTATION. Revta Brasilian Zoology 19(1): 271-279.

  3. Halaj, J., A. Cady, and G. Uetz. 2000. MODULAR HABITAT REFUGIA ENHANCE GENERALIST PREDATORS AND LOWER PLANT DAMAGE IN SOYBEANS. Environmental Entomology 29(2): 383-393.

  4. Halaj, J. and A. Cady. 2000. DIET COMPOSITION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF EARTHWORMS AS FOOD OF HARVESTMEN (ARACHNIDA: OPILIONES). American Midland Naturalist 143:487-491.

  5. Uetz, G., J. Halaj, and A. Cady. 1999. GUILD STRUCTURE OF SPIDERS OF MAJOR CROPS. Journal of Arachnology 27: 270-280.