Matt Rowe


Dr. Matt Rowe collecting scorpions

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

Michigan State University
288 Farm Lane, Rm 203
East Lansing, MI 48824

My research in behavioral ecology uses integrative approaches to study coevolution between predators and prey. These dynamic interactions show remarkable sophistication, from ground squirrels using rattling they provoke in rattlesnakes to assess the body size and temperature of their reptilian enemies, to grasshopper mice capable of feeding on highly neurotoxic scorpions because of subtle modifications in the mouse’s peripheral nerves. My conservation biology research examines habitat selection and habitat requirements in vertebrates. My two interests are not as disparate as they first appear; basically, I am fascinated by the relationships among species within a community.

Recent Publications:

Rowe, A.H. and Rowe, M.P. (In press) Predatory grasshopper mice.  Current Biology 25.

Rowe, M.P., Gillespie, B.M., Harris, K.R., Koether, S.D., Shannon, L.Y., and Rose, L.A. (2015) Redesigning a general education science course to promote critical thinking. CBE – Life Sciences Education 14(3): 1-12. doi: 10.1187/cbe.15-02-0032.

Rowe, M.P. (2015) Crazy about cryptids: an ecological hunt for Nessie and other legendary creatures. Journal of College Science Teaching 45(2): 54-58.

Carlson, B.E., McGinley, S., and Rowe, M.P. (2014) Meek males and fighting females: sexually-dimorphic antipredator behavior and locomotor performance is explained by morphology in bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus). PLoS ONE 9(5): e97648. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097648.

Rowe, A.H., Xiao, Y., Rowe, M.P., Cummins, T.R., and Zakon, H.H. (2013) Voltage-gated sodium channel in grasshopper mice defends against bark scorpion toxin. Science,342: 441-446. DOI: 10.1126/science.1236451

Rowe, A.H., Xiao, Y., Scales, J., Linse, K.D., Rowe, M.P., Cummins, T.R. and Zakon, H.H. (2011) Isolation and characterization of CvIV4: a pain-inducing a-scorpion toxin. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23520. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023520

Carlson, B.E. & M.P. Rowe.  2009.  Temperature and desiccation effects on the antipredator behavior of Centruroides vittatus (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Journal of Arachnology 37:321-330. pdf

Rowe, A.H., & M.P. Rowe. 2008. Physiological resistance of grasshopper mice (Onychomys spp.) to Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda) venom. Toxicon 52:597-605. pdf

Clucas, B., D.H. Owings & M.P. Rowe. 2008. Donning your enemy’s cloak: ground squirrels exploit rattlesnake scent to reduce predation risk.Proceedings of the Royal Society of LondonB 275: 847-852. pdf

Clucas, B., M.P. Rowe, D.H. Owings & P.C. Arrowood. 2008. Snake scent application in ground squirrels (Spermophilus spp.): a novel from of antipredator behavior? Animal Behaviour 75: 299-307. pdf

Bulluck, J.F. & M.P. Rowe. 2006. The use of southern Appalachian wetlands by breeding birds, with a focus on neotropical migrant species. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118: 399-410. pdf

Rowe, A.H. & M.P. Rowe. 2006. Risk assessment by grasshopper mice (Onychomys spp.) feeding on neurotoxic prey (Centruroides spp.). Animal Behaviour 71: 725-734. pdf