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Biology Department

Monica Raveret Richter

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Associate Professor of Biology @ Skidmore since 1990


Dana Science Center  

Room 370

Department of Biology

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866


(518) 580-5083


(518) 580-5071




B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ph.D., Cornell University

Postdoctorate, University of Miami

Courses Taught:

Populations and Adaptations (BI 190)

Animal Behavior (BI 316)

Ecology (BI 317)

Tropical Ecology (BI 325)

Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Problem Solving (LSIV 042)

Research Interests:

Dr. Raveret-Richter's research is on the behavioral ecology of foraging and mate choice. Her field studies focus on the social insects and birds. In her laboratory, insects, fish, birds, and lizards are potential research subjects for a variety of behavioral and ecological inquiries.

Recent Publications:

Raveret-Richter, M.A. 1990. Hunting Social Wasp Interactions: Influence of Prey Size, Arrival Order, and Wasp Species. Ecology  71: 1018-1030.

Raveret-Richter, M.A. and K.D. Waddington. 1993. Increases and Decreases in Food Quality: Effects of Experience on Honeybee Perception and Behavior. Animal Behavior  46: 123-128.

Waddington, K.D., P.K. Visscher, T.J. Herbert, and M.A. Raveret-Richter. 1994. Comparisons of Forager Distributions from Matched Honeybee Colonies in Suburban Environments. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  35: 423-429.

Raveret-Richter, M.A. and V.L. Tisch (Skidmore Class of '94). 1994. Presence, Size, and Species of Resident Social Wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) Influence Resource Choice by Foragers. Invited Paper, "Foraging" Symposium, 12th World Congress on Social Insects, Sorbonne, Paris.