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Evan Lampert, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Biology
Phone: 678-717-3804

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 167, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Insect Diversity and Ecology, Multitrophic Interactions

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1102 & BIOL 1102L  Introduction to Ecology
  • BIOL 1107K  Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1108K  Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 1260 &1260L  Environmental Science
  • BIOL 2900  Special Topics in Biology – Student Research
  • BIOL 3240K  Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4000K  Entomology
  • BIOL 4450 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 4800  Introduction to Biological Research


  • Ph.D., Entomology, North Dakota State University, 2007
  • B.S., Zoology, North Dakota State University, 2003

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Lampert's main scholarly background and interest is in insect ecology, specifically understanding how plants indirectly or indirectly interact with parasitic and predatory arthropods and with microbial symbionts and pathogens. These indirect interactons can occur through several mechanisms. First, herbivores may sequester plant compounds they consume as chemical defenses. Sequestered compounds may make predators and parasites reject herbivores, or have toxic effects on predators or parasites. His students and he uses catalpa sphinx caterpillars that sequester catalpol as a local model species to investigate ecological effects of sequestration, and he is investigating potential chemical defense in the yellow-striped oakworm. Alternatively, pigments or their precursors obtained from plants may be used in camouflage or warning coloration, and UNG students are studying ecology of carotenoid pigment sequestration using cryptic caterpillars such as cabbage loopers. Secondly, herbivore growth, development, and immune response might be affected by plants and plant traits, and variations in these herbivore traits might affect the success and fitness of predators and parasites. Sequestration may also affect herbivore growth, development, and immune response, so he and his students are researching potential conflict between chemical defense and herbivore performance and fitness. He is committed to having student researchers present both at UNG and at regional and national conferences.

Since Dr. Lampert began teaching he has also pursued a scholarly approach to teaching practices and student learning. His courses all have a collaborative learning foundation, and some (Biology 1108K, 3240K) have been taught as “flipped” courses. Inquiry-based learning has been shown to improve critical thinking and retention, and he has developed and tested Biology 1107-1108K courses with complete inquiry-based labs. In these courses, colleagues and he developed ten different multi-week (including five semester-long) undergraduate research projects completed by the whole class, as well as one project co-developed with a UNG student. Each project included some guidance about “big-picture” objectives, but students were open to develop their own hypotheses and variables to test. He also has enthusiastically embraced service-learning as a method to learn about the environment, ecosystem services, and anthropogenic effects on both. Students have also responded very positively to service learning because of the “hands-on” aspects and opportunity to learn outside the classroom, and they have made outstanding contributions to a variety of community partners. The inquiry-based class projects have resulted in a website, several conference presentations, some peer-reviewed publications, and several student presentations at the college poster symposium and the UNG Annual Research Conference.


Insect Ecology

  • Lampert E.C., Bowers MD.  Incompatibility between plant-derived defensive chemistry and immune response of oligophagous herbivores. Submitted to Journal of Chemical Ecology.
  • Lampert E.C., Dyer L.A., Bowers MD.  Dietary specialization and the effects of plant species on potential multitrophic interactions of three species of nymphaline caterpillars.  Under Revision, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.
  • Quintero C., Lampert E.C., Bowers MD. Time is of the essence: direct and indirect effects of plant ontogenetic trajectories on higher trophic levels.  in press, Ecology.
  • Lampert E.C., Bowers, M.D. 2013. Detrimental effects of plant compounds on a polyembryonic parasitoid are mediated through its highly polyphagous host. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 148: 267-274.
  • Richards L.A., Lampert E.C., Bowers M.D., Dodson C.D., Smilanich A.M., Dyer. 2012.  Synergistic effects of iridoid glycosides on the development and immune response of a generalist caterpillar (Junonia coenia Nymphalidae).   Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 1276-1284.
  • Lampert E.C. 2012Influences of plant traits on immune responses of specialist and generalist herbivores.  Insects 3: 573-592., doi:10.3390/insects3020573 *Invited Review*
  • Lampert E.C., Dyer L.A., Bowers M.D.  2011. Multitrophic variation in defensive chemistry: Catalpa bignonioides (Bignoniaceae), the herbivore Ceratomia catalpae (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae), and the endoparasitoid Cotesia congregata (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 1063-1070.
  • Lampert E.C., Bowers, M.D. 2011. A comparison of sample preparation techniques for quantifying iridoid glycosides sequestered by lepidopteran larvae. Journal of Chemical Ecology  37: 96-99.
  • Lampert E.C., Zangerl A.R., Berenbaum M.R., Ode P.J. 2010. Generalist and specialist host-parasitoid associations respond differently to effects of wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) defensive chemistry.  Ecological Entomology 36: 52-61.
  • Lampert E.C., Bowers M.D. 2010. Host plant influences on iridoid glycoside sequestration of generalist and specialist caterpillars.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 36: 1101-1104.
  • Lampert E.C., Dyer L.A., Bowers M.D. 2010. Caterpillar chemical defense and parasitoid success: Cotesia congregata parasitism of Ceratomia catalpae.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 36: 992-998.
  • Lampert E.C., Bowers M.D.  2010.  Effects of plant diet on the quality of the generalist, Trichoplusia ni (Noctuidae), as a host for the polyembryonic parasitoid Copidosoma floridanum (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 134: 287-295.
  • Lampert E.C., Zangerl A.R., Berenbaum M.R., Ode P.J.  2008.  Tritrophic effects of xanthotoxin on the polyembryonic parasitoid Copidosoma sosares (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae).  Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 783-790.
  • Carroll M.C., Lampert E.C., Berenbaum M.R., Noyes J.S., Ode P.J.  2007.  New records of Copidosoma sosares (Walker, 1837) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a parasitoid of the parsnip webworm (Depressaria pastinacella) (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae), in western North America.  Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 80: 309-318.

Educational Activities

  • Lampert E.C. “Invented Invaders”: an engaging activity to learn characterics and control of invasive species.  Submitted to American Biology Teacher.
  • Lampert E.C. 2014. “Biology Myth-Killers.”  American Biology Teacher 76: 350-351..
  • Lampert E.C., Mook J.L. 2014. Systematics and bioinformatics of the beetles.  Bean Beetle Laboratory Activities
  • Lampert E.C. 2012. Teaching ecology with caterpillars: comparing the growth of two generalists reared on novel and known hostplants. American Entomologist 58: 120-122.
  • Lampert E.C.  2011. Modeling Gene Expression Using Sentences: a Short Activity to Accompany Genetics Units.  American Biology Teacher 73:
  • Lampert E.C., Taylor R.L.  2008.   Using a haplodiploid insect to teach inheritance: eye color genetics of the parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor.  American Entomologist 54: 122-125.

Work Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2007-2010

Personal Information

Dr. Lampert is from a small town called Wimbledon, North Dakota, and prefer summer weather there and winter weather here.  He enjoys eating, walking/running his dog in the woods and mountains, participating in street and adventure races (like mud runs), learning about all kinds of science, and following NDSU Bison (pronounced “Bye-Zun”) athletics.

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