Nick Keiser

Nick Keiser,

Assistant Professor Of Biology

Department: LS-BIOLOGY
Business Phone: (352) 273-4981
Business Email: ckeiser@ufl.edu

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2021-2023
ZOO6939 Seminar in Animal Behavior
2020,2022-2024,2024
PCB4460 Biodiversity and Ecology Field Immersion
2019,2021
ZOO4926 Special Topics in Zoology
2021,2025
ZOO6927 Special Topics in Zoology
2021
ZOO4911 Undergraduate Research in Zoology
2021
BSC4912 Advanced Mentored Research in Biology
2023
BSC2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1
2023
BSC2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2

Research Profile

The Keiser Lab studies infectious disease ecology through the lens of animal behavior. We are interested in the relationship between individual and social determinants of disease and focus mostly on invertebrate animals (e.g., spiders, ticks, flies, snails) and their associated parasites. Dr. Keiser operates the Spider Parasite Digital Research (SPDR) Collection which focuses on the parasites and parasitoids of spiders.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-4936-7810

Publications

2024
Using museum collections to explore predator–prey relationships in snail‐eating beetles (Carabidae: Cychrini)
Invertebrate Biology. 143(1) [DOI] 10.1111/ivb.12417.
2023
Population differences in the aggregation and collective foraging behavior of fragmented social spider colonies
Ethology. 129(4-5):224-231 [DOI] 10.1111/eth.13360.
2022
Exploring the effects of pathogen infection on tick behaviour from individuals to populations
Animal Behaviour. 186:85-92 [DOI] 10.1016/j.anbehav.2022.02.004.
2021
Prevalence and intensity of avian malaria in a quail hybrid zone
Ecology and Evolution. 11(12):8123-8135 [DOI] 10.1002/ece3.7645. [PMID] 34188875.
2020
Correction to ‘Personality composition is more important than group size in determining collective foraging behaviour in the wild’
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287(1928) [DOI] 10.1098/rspb.2020.1164. [PMID] 32517619.
2020
Corrigendum to: “Predator and prey activity levels jointly influence the outcome of long-term foraging bouts” (2013) 24:1205–1210, doi:10.1093/beheco/art052
Behavioral Ecology. 31(4):1091-1091 [DOI] 10.1093/beheco/araa038.
2020
Parasitic Personalities: Consistent Individual Differences in Behavior in a Facultatively Parasitic Mite
Journal of Insect Behavior. 33(1):14-19 [DOI] 10.1007/s10905-020-09741-1.
2020
Retraction: The Achilles’ heel hypothesis: misinformed keystone individuals impair collective learning and reduce group success
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287(1931) [DOI] 10.1098/rspb.2020.0255. [PMID] 33043869.
2020
Sex differences in disease avoidance behavior vary across modes of pathogen exposure
Ethology. 126(3):304-312 [DOI] 10.1111/eth.12969.
2019
Social spider webs harbour largely consistent bacterial communities across broad spatial scales
Biology Letters. 15(9) [DOI] 10.1098/rsbl.2019.0436. [PMID] 31551063.
2019
Spiders, microbes and sex: Bacterial exposure on copulatory organs alters mating behaviour in funnel‐web spiders
Ethology. 125(10):677-685 [DOI] 10.1111/eth.12921.
2019
Tadpole body size and behaviour alter the social acquisition of a defensive bacterial symbiont
Royal Society Open Science. 6(9) [DOI] 10.1098/rsos.191080. [PMID] 31598324.
2018
Habitat complexity dampens selection on prey activity level
Ethology. 124(1):25-32 [DOI] 10.1111/eth.12700.
2018
Queen presence mediates the relationship between collective behaviour and disease susceptibility in ant colonies
Journal of Animal Ecology. 87(2):379-387 [DOI] 10.1111/1365-2656.12696.
2018
Social context alters host behavior and infection risk
Behavioral Ecology. 29(4):869-875 [DOI] 10.1093/beheco/ary060.
2018
The primary case is not enough: Variation among individuals, groups and social networks modify bacterial transmission dynamics
Journal of Animal Ecology. 87(2):369-378 [DOI] 10.1111/1365-2656.12729. [PMID] 28692130.
2016
Increased bacterial load can reduce or negate the effects of keystone individuals on group collective behaviour
Animal Behaviour. 114:211-218 [DOI] 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.02.010.
2016
Personality composition alters the transmission of cuticular bacteria in social groups
Biology Letters. 12(7) [DOI] 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0297. [PMID] 27381885.

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-4981
Emails:
Business:
ckeiser@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 118525
GAINESVILLE FL 32611