Biography

2012-                 Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College

2011-2012       Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College

2007-2011       Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nevada, Reno

2006-2007       Postdoctoral Research Associate, Indiana State University

Education

2006     Doctor of Philosophy. Indiana State University. Terre Haute, IN. Phi Kappa Phi

1999     Master of Science. Missouri State University. Springfield, MO.

1997     Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude. Cornell College. Mt. Vernon, IA. Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta

Research

The overarching goal of my research is to understand the processes by which natural selection influences the use of space in animals. I integrate the study of neurobiology, animal behavior, and ecology to ask questions ranging from the neurological mechanisms of memory and behavior, to the large-scale effects of movement on avian communities, to the evolution of cognitive spatial processes.

Grants & Awards

Recent Grants and Awards

2011                Faculty Development Grant. Kenyon College.

2010                Sequencing the chickadee genome. University of Nevada. (Co-PI with V. Pravosudov and A. van der Linden)

Publications

*Denotes undergraduate authors

Pravosudov, V.V., T.C. Roth, M.L. Forister, L.D. LaDage, R. Kramer, F. Schilkey, and A. van der Linden. 2013. Genetic Basis for Climate-Related Natural Variation in Memory and the Hippocampus in Food-Caching Chickadees. Molecular Ecology. In press.

Roth, T.C. 2013. “Predator-prey Interactions” In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. D. Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press.

LaDage, L.D., Roth, T.C., Cerjanic, A.C., Sinervo, B., and Pravosudov, V.V. 2012. Spatial memory: Are lizards really deficient? Biology Letters.

Pravosudov, V.V., T.C. Roth, M.L. Forister, L.D. LaDage, T.M. Burg, M.J. Braun, B.S. Davidson. 2012. Population genetic structure does not explain naturally occurring variation in spatial memory and the hippocampus across a continental scale in food-caching black-capped chickadees. Molecular Ecology.

 Freas, C., L.D. LaDage, T. C. Roth, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Elevation-related differences in memory and the hippocampus in Mountain Chickadees. Animal Behaviour. In press. Featured in New Scientist.

Roth, T.C., C. Gallagher*, L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Variation in brain regions associated with learning in contrasting climates. Brain Behavior and Evolution 79: 181-190.

Roth, T.C., L.D. LaDage, C. Freas, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Variation in memory and the hippocampus across populations from different climates: a common garden approach. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 402-410.

Roth, T.C., L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Long-term memory in a food-caching parid. Animal Cognition 15:149-154.

Roth, T.C., L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2011. Variation in hippocampal morphology along an environmental gradient: controlling for the effects of latitude. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:2662-2667. Featured in New Scientist.

Chancellor, L.V.*, T.C. Roth, L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2011. The effect of environmental harshness on neurogenesis: a large-scale comparison. Developmental Neurobiology 71:246-252.

Rattenborg, N.C., D. Martinez-Gonzalez, T.C. Roth, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2011. Hippocampal memory consolidation during sleep: a comparison of mammals and birds. Biological Reviews 86:658-691.

Roth, T.C., L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. Learning capabilities enhanced in harsh environments: a common garden study. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:3187-3193. Highlighted in Nature. Featured on BBC’s “Super Smart Animals”.

Pravosudov, V.V., T.C. Roth, and L.D. LaDage. 2010. Chickadees are selfish group members when it comes to food caching. Animal Behaviour 80:175-180.  In focus article in Animal Behaviour.

LaDage, L.D., T.C. Roth, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. Hippocampal neurogenesis is associated with migratory behavior in adult but not juvenile white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys ssp.). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:138-143.

Roth, T.C., A. Brodin, T.V. Smulders, L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. Is bigger always better? A critical appraisal of the use of volumetric analysis in the study of the hippocampus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:915-931. Erratum: 2010; 365:2423.

Roth, T.C., N.C. Rattenborg, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. The ecological relevance of sleep:the trade-off between sleep, memory, and energy conservation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365:945-959.

Fox, R.A., T.C. Roth, L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. Effects of social group composition and size on hippocampal formation morphology and neurogenesis in mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli). Developmental Neurobiology 70:538-547.

Steury, T.D., J.E. McCarthy, T.C. Roth, S.L. Lima, and D.L. Murray. 2010. Evaluation of root-n bandwidth selectors for kernel density estimation. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:539-548.

LaDage, L.D., T.C. Roth, R.A. Fox, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2010. Ecologically-relevant spatial memory use modulates hippocampal neurogenesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:1071-1079.

Roth, T. C. and V. V. Pravosudov. 2009. Hippocampal volume and neuron numbers increase along a gradient of environmental harshness: a large-scale comparison. Proceedings of the Royal Society B  276:401-405. Featured in Down to Earth.

LaDage, L.D., T.C. Roth, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2009. Biases in measuring the brain: the trouble with the telencephalon. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 73:253-258.Erratum: 2010; 76:70.

Lesku, J.A., T.C. Roth, N.C. Rattenborg, C.J. Amlaner, and S.L. Lima. 2009. History and future of comparative analyses in sleep research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 33:1024-1036.

Roth, T. C. and V. V. Pravosudov. 2009. Tough times call for bigger brains. Communicative and Integrative Biology 2(3):1-3. Invited article.

Fox, R.A., L.D. LaDage, T.C. Roth, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2009. Temperament traits predict dominance status in mountain chickadees. Animal Behaviour 77:1441-1448.

LaDage, L.D., T.C. Roth, R.A. Fox, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2009. Flexible cue use in food-caching birds?  Animal Cognition 12:419-426.

LaDage, L.D., T.C. Roth, R.A. Fox, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2009. Effects of captivity and memory-based experiences on the hippocampus of mountain chickadees. Behavioral Neuroscience 123:284-291. Recommended by the Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Roth, T.C., J.G. Cox, and S.L. Lima. 2008. Can foraging birds assess predation risk by scent? Animal Behaviour 76:2021-2027. Highlighted in Nature. Featured on BBC Wildlife.

Roth, T.C., J.G. Cox, and S.L. Lima. 2008. The use and sharing of information about predation risk by flocks of wintering finches. Ethology 114:1218-1226.

Roth, T.C., W.E. Vetter, and S.L. Lima. 2008. Spatial ecology of wintering Accipiter hawks: home range, habitat use, and the influence of feeders. Condor 110:260-268.

Roth, T.C., and W.E. Vetter. 2008. The effect of feeder hotspots on the predictability and home range use of a small bird in winter. Ethology 114: 398-404.

Lesku, J.A., T.C. Roth, N.C. Rattenborg, C.J. Amlaner, and S.L. Lima. 2008. Phylogenetics and the correlates of mammalian sleep: a reappraisal. Sleep Medicine Reviews 12:229-244. Featured in New Scientist, National Public Radio.

Angilletta, M.J., T.C. Roth, R.S. Wilson, A.C. Niehaus, and P.L. Ribeiro. 2008. The fast and the fractalous: thermal sensitivity of speed and tortuosity in running ants. Functional Ecology 22:78-83.

Roth, T.C., and S.L. Lima. 2007. The predatory behavior of wintering Accipiter hawks: temporal patterns in activity of predators and prey. Oecologia 152 (1): 169-178. Featured in Birder’s World.

Roth, T.C., and S.L. Lima. 2007. Use of predictable prey hotspots by an avian predator: purposeful randomness? The American Naturalist 169 (2): 264-273. Featured in Birder’s World.

Roth, T.C., and S.L. Lima. 2006. Predatory behavior and diet of wintering male Cooper’s hawks in a rural habitat.  Journal of Raptor Research 40 (4): 287-290.

Roth, T.C., J.A. Lesku, C.J. Amlaner, and S.L. Lima. 2006. A phylogenetic analysis of the correlates of sleep in birds.  Journal of Sleep Research 15 (4): 395-402. Featured in New Scientist, National Public Radio.

Lesku, J.A., T.C. Roth, C.J. Amlaner, and S.L. Lima. 2006. A phylogenetic analysis of sleep architecture in mammals: the influence of anatomy, physiology, and ecology.  The American Naturalist 168 (4): 441-453. Featured on Bayerische Rundfunk, New Scientist, National Public Radio.

Roth, T.C., and B.D. Greene. 2006. Movement patterns and home range use of the northern watersnake (Nerodia sipedon). Copeia 2006 (3): 543-550.

Roth, T.C., S.L. Lima, and W.E. Vetter. 2006. Determinants of predation risk in small wintering birds: a hawk's perspective. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60 (2):195-204.

Roth, T.C., S.L. Lima, and W.E. Vetter. 2005. Survival and causes of mortality in wintering Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 117 (3): 237-244.

Roth, T.C., and S.L. Lima. 2003. Hunting behavior and diet of Cooper’s Hawks: An urban view of the small-bird-in-winter paradigm. Condor 105 (3): 474-483. Featured in Berkeley Daily Planet, Tribune Star.

Lima, S.L., W.A. Mitchell, and T.C. Roth. 2003. Predators feeding on behaviorally responsive prey: some implications for the classical models of optimal diet choice. Evolutionary Ecology Research 5 (7): 1083-1102.

 

Presentations

Recent Presentations

Asimes, A.* and T.C. Roth. 2013. Integrative and Comparative Biology

Provine, S.*, H. O’Malley*, A.R. Krochmal, and T.C. Roth. 2012. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:E315.

Roth, T.C., C. Freas, L.D. LaDage, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:E150.

LaDage, L.D., T. C. Roth, A.M. Cerjanic, B. Sinervo, and V.V. Pravosudov. 2012. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:E98.

Student Collaborations

Katrina Wachter - changes to the dorsal and medial corticies of turtles with different spatial strategies

Kurtis Stocker - effect of space use on dendritic branching and volumetric changes in the brain

Andie Asimes (Kenyon College) – effect of hypoxia and temperature on brain development

Course Information

PSY/BFB 302. Biopsychology with lab (Fall)

PSY 230. Experimental Design and Statistics lab (Fall)

PSY 487. Collaborative in Biopsychology (Spring)

PSY/BFB 371. Principles of Brain Evolution (Spring)