Dr. Peter Chabora
Ph.D., Cornell University
Lab: E-131 – Tel: (718) 997 – 3426
Over the past 14 years, my activities have been in the broader aspects of biology because I have been teaching a semester of the department’s two-semester general biology course for majors, science students and those students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. During this period I have found that delving into the many areas of biology, outside of my primary focus of evolutionary ecology, has been the most personally exciting and rewarding adventure. In addition to the summer field courses of ecology and limnology, I have taught courses in “biology and society” and the CUNY Honors College science seminars where issues of science and technology in New York City have been the focus. The importance and impact of biological topics on our lives is finally being raised in the public conscience and to concern one’s self with these important questions brings both excitement and apprehension.
My research centered on the ecology and evolution of interacting populations. The organisms of choice are insects – small (1.5 – 4.0 mm) parasitic wasps (belonging to the families Cynipidae and Braconidae) that attack the larvae of numerous “fruit” fly species (Drosophila). These wasps are called parasitoids because they lay their eggs within the host’s larval stage, consume their host, and eventually emerge as adults from the host’s puparium. Although these interacting species are cosmopolitan, and can even be found here in NYC, the greatest diversity is found in tropical regions around the world, where most of my collecting was done. Many parasitoid species are rather specific in their selection of hosts, while others are far more cosmopolitan in their tastes. We have studied several aspects of the biology of this parasitoid-host system including: host selection, host resistance and parasitoid survival, parasitoid longevity and reproductive parameters, parasitoid sex ratios and mating behaviors.
Chabora, Peter C., 2003 (1st Ed.) and 2007 (2nd Ed.), The Laboratory and Lecture Synthesis. (A manual to accompany the general biology course which covers an introduction to microscopy and other laboratory techniques, statistics, transmission genetics, and a survey of life forms.). Thomson Publishing, 408. pp.
Chabora, P.C. and H.R. Koepfer 1997. Aspects écologiques et évolutionnistes d’un complexe parasitaire entomologique confronté a l’invasions d’un nouvelle espèce hôte. Report: Parasitisms et Equilibre des Ecosystemes. Relations environnmente systèmes hôtes parasitoïdes chez les insectes. Lyon, France.