Dr. Michael J. Wise

Teaching Associate
Department: Biology
Office: 406D Life Science
Phone: 375-6125



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

Ph.D. Duke University. Biology. 2003.

Course List



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:

  • 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, Evolution