P.O. Box 9, Murray KY 42071

Dr. Claire A. Fuller
Associate Professor



B.A. 1982, UC San Diego
M.S. 1988, Oregon State University
Ph.D 1995, OSU
Tel.: 270-809-5497
email: claire.fuller@murraystate.edu


For Summer Anatomy Students, 2007


My research focuses on the population biology and behavioral ecology of animals, in particular of termites and dragonflies. I am especially interested in the effects of parasites and immunity on host ecology. Please visit my research pages for more details and photos.

Termite research
Dragonfly research (with Dr. Howard Whiteman)

Earthwatch SCAP program


Fuller, C.A. 2007. Fungistatic activity of freshly killed Nasititermes acajutlae (Isoptera: Termitidae) soldiers in the Caribbean. 8 pp. Journal of Insect Science 7: 14 (online).


Brown, T.T. and C.A. Fuller. 2006. Stress and parasitism in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in dry and floodplain environments. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84: 1833-39.


Nickol, B. B., C.A. Fuller and P. Rock. 2006. Cystacanths of Oncicola venezuelensis (Acanthocephala: Oligacantharhynchidae) in Caribbean termites and various paratenic hosts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Journal of Parasitology 92: 539-542.

Fuller, C.A. and P.D. Jeyasingh. 2004. The effect of acanthocephalan parasitism on population dynamics and fitness of the Caribbean termite, Nasutitermes acajutlae. Insectes Sociaux 51: 215-220.

Jeyasingh, P.D. and C.A. Fuller. 2004. The effect of resourses and predation on population dynamics and fitness of the Caribbean termite, Nasutitermes acajutlae. Ecological Entomology 29: 606-613.

Fuller, C.A., P.D. Jeyasingh and L.W. Harris. 2004. Lack of agonism in the termite, Nasutitermes acajutlae. Journal of Insect Behavior 17: 523-532.

Fuller, C.A., Rock, P. and Phillips, T. 2003.  Behavior, color changes, and predation risk induced by acanthocephalan parasitism in the Caribbean termite Nasutitermes acajutlae. Caribbean J. Science 39: 128-135.

Sikkel, P.C., Fuller, C.A. and Hunte, 2000. W. Habitat and sex differences in time at cleaning stations and ectoparasite loads in a Caribbean reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 193: 191-199.

Fuller, C.A. and D.W. Duszynski. 1997. Eimeria (Protozoa: Eimeriidae) from North American Sciurids Glaucomys sabrinus and Tamias townsendii with a description of a new species. Journal of Parasitology 83: 467-470.

Fuller, C.A. and A.R. Blaustein. 1996. The effect of the intestinal parasite Eimeria arizonensis on survival of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) in natural and semi-natural populations. Ecology 77: 2196-2202.

Fuller, C.A. 1996. Variable levels of immunity to experimental Eimeria arizonensis infections in natural, semi-natural and laboratory populations of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Canadian Journal of Zoology 74: 750-757.

Fuller, C.A. 1996. Population dynamics of two species of Eimeria (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) in deer mice: biotic and abiotic factors. Journal of Parasitology 82: 220-225.

Fuller, C.A., J. Hefner and E. Wrosch. 1995. The effect of inoculum level, host age and exposure on oocyst output and periodicity in two eimerians of the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). Journal of Parasitology 81: 187-194.

Fuller, C.A. and A.R. Blaustein. 1990. An investigation of sibling recognition in a solitary sciurid, Townsend's chipmunk, Tamias townsendii. Behaviour 112: 36-52.


MS Students

        Shawna Harris, Factors affecting immunity in dragonfly nymphs.

        Erin McDermott, Immunity in dragonfly nymphs: species and pond differences. MA, Oct. 2004.

        Punidan D. Jeyasingh, Effect of Resource Limitation and Predation on the Density of Nasutitermes acajutlae (Isoptera: Termitidae) Colonies on St. John, US Virgin Islands. MS, January 2003.

        Leslie W. Harris, Should I Stay or Should I go? Dispersal in the Termite, Nasutitermes acajutlae. Co-advisor with Dr. Elizabeth Walsh. University of Texas, El Paso. MS, June 2002.


Recent Undergraduate Students

        Anthony Graves, Does exposure to light affect immunity in larval waxworms?

        Courtney Thomason, effects of abiotic environment on termites

        Chad Ward, immunity in dragon fly nymphs.

        Andrew West, fluctuating asymmetry in dragon fly nymphs

Courses at MSU
General Biology (BIO 101), Biological Inquiry and Analysis (Bio 116), General Zoology (BI 221), Human Anatomy (BI 228), Ecology of Host Parasite Interactions (BI 556), Animal Behavior (BI 538)

MSU Biology Department

Cool biology sites
 The Tree of Life Home Page
 College and University Home Pages
 Tim Myles Termite page

UC Berkeley phylogeny pages
PBS On-line