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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Wolff

adjunct associate professor, director, premedical program

Dr. Robert Wolff

Ph.D., Tufts University

Phone: 617-552-4663

Fields of Interest

Behavioral Ecology, Marine Ecology, Pre-Health Careers.

Academic Profile

I am especially interested in why certain organisms have evolved particular types of mating systems, e.g. monogamy, polygyny, and polyandry. My research has especially focused on the role that female choice plays in the evolution of mating systems. In the lab environment, I have used wild house mice (Mus musculus) as model organisms. My field work has complemented my lab work, and I have spent time in the Arctic, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Panama, East Africa (Kenya), Australia (Great Barrier Reef), and the Galapagos Islands. These field experiences have also enriched my classroom teaching. Presently, I also direct the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Program at Boston College.

Representative Publications

Wolff, R. 1985. Mating Behavior and Female Choice: Their Relation to Social Structure in Wild Caught House Mice (Mus musculus) Housed in a Semi-Natural Environment. Journal of Zoology, London 207: 43–51.

Wolff, R. 1981. Solitary and Social Play in Wild Mus Musculus (Mammalia). Journal of Zoology, London 195: 405–412.

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