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Alex Olvido, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Phone: 706-310-6319

Office: Student Resource Ctr 552, Oconee
Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Ecology (Especially of Crickets), Analysis-of-Variance (ANOVA) Models

Courses Taught

  • BIOL1102/L  Introduction to Ecology/Lab 
  • BIOL1107K  Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL1108K  Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL4450  Evolutionary Biology
  • ECOL1000  Field ecology (study-abroad trip to Costa Rica in Maymester)


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1998
  • B.S., Biology, University of California at Irvine, 1991

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Olvido's research interests are many. He has studied lifespan extension in fruit flies, mating behavior of crickets and bean beetles, natural occurrence of mosquitoes, and exam performance of accounting students. (People make interesting biological subjects, too!) He currently researches earthworms and how they might improve indoor air quality.

A common theme in Dr. Olvido's research program is application of a statistical tool called analysis of variance, or ìANOVAî for short. ANOVA dissects how certain observable factors lead to observed patterns. For example, ANOVA can tell you how much of indoor air quality improvement (=observed pattern) is due to earthworms living in the soil of indoor potted plants!

Dr. Olvido takes great pride in having helped students (and other faculty) pursue their research interests. So, if you have any ideas about research topics, pitch them to Dr. Olvido.


Lyman, P.: Olvido, A.E. (submitted) Seeing the Whole Forest from Individual Trees: How a ìDeepî Case Study Might Benefit Introductory Accounting Students. Submitted to Issues in Accounting Education.

Olvido, A.E. 2012. Geographic Variation, Version 3.0. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (URL John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Olvido, A.E.; Fernandes, P.R.; Mousseau, T.A. 2010. Relative effects of juvenile and adult environmental factors on mate attraction and recognition in the cricket, Allonemobius socius. Journal of Insect Science 10:90 (open-access article at URL http:/

Olvido, A.E.; Blumer, L.S. 2005. Introduction to mark-recapture census methods using the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. Pages 197-211, In: Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 26 (M.A. OíDonnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 26th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 452pp.

Olvido, A.E.; Wagner, W.E., Jr. 2004. Signal components, acoustic preference functions, and sexual selection in a cricket. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 83, 461-472.

Olvido, A.E.; Elvington, E.S.; Mousseau, T.A. 2003. Relative effects of climate and crowding on wing polymorphism in the southern ground cricket, Allonemobius socius (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). Florida Entomologist, 86, 158-164.

Mousseau, T.A.; Olvido, A.E. 2001 & 2005. Geographic Variation. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (URL Nature Publishing Group.

Olvido, A.E.; Mousseau, T.A. 1998. Oviposition behavior in Allonemobius socius (Orthoptera: Gryllidae): A test of the sense of malaise hypothesis. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 91, 488-492.

Olvido, A.E.; Busby, S.; Mousseau, T.A. 1998. Oviposition and incubation environmental effects on embryonic diapause in a ground cricket. Animal Behaviour, 55, 331-336.

Olvido, A.E.; Mousseau, T.A. 1995. Effect of rearing environment on calling-song plasticity in the striped ground cricket. Evolution, 49, 1271-1277.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Georgia (formerly, Gainesville State College), 2008-present
  • Adjunct Instructor of Biology, Longwood University, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Virginia State University, 2004-2007
  • Research Scientist-in Residence, Morehouse College, 2002-2004
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1998-2002

Personal Information

Dr. Olvido is a life-long (indoor, 6-person) volleyball player, and enjoys scrimmage matches with friends at the First United Methodist Church gym in Athens, GA once a week.

He enjoys dabbling in various DIY home projects, including sustainable landscaping and backyard poultry. Lately, he has been reading up on sustainable shrimp aquaculture for fun, if not also for profit.

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