Brent Graves

Dr. Brent Graves


2007 New Science Facility
Phone 906-227-2218

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Dr Graves & Two Track Ramblers


BS Central Michigan University, 1981
MS University of Wyoming, 1983
PhD University of Wyoming, 1988




Brent enjoys playing mandolin with
the Two Track Ramblers
when he is not chasing amphibians
and reptiles.





I study the evolution of behavior. Most of the projects in my lab have concerned amphibians and reptiles. Recently, I have been considering sexual selection effects on life history evolution.


Evolution, Behavioral Ecology, Herpetology, Vertebrate Zoology, Conservation Biology


  • 2018  Graves, B.M. and Kapla, D. Salary Compression among university faculty: a review and case study of remediation and prevention in a collective bargaining environment. Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy 10(article 3):1-18.

  • 2016  Rutherford, J.L, Casper, G.S. and Graves, B.M. Factors affecting predation on wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) nests in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 15:181-186.

  • 2010  Graves, B.M. Ritualized combat as an indicator of intrasexual selection effects on male life history evolution. American Journal of Human Biology 22:45-49.

  • 2007  Graves, B.M. Sexual selection effects on the evolution of senescence. Evolutionary Ecology 21:663-668.

  • 2006  Graves, B.M., M. Strand, and A. Lindsay. A reassessment of sexual dimorphism in human senescence: theory, evidence, and causation. American Journal of Human Biology 18:161-168.

  • 2005  Gardner, E.A., and B.M. Graves. Responses of resident male Dendrobates pumilio to territory intruders. Journal of Herpetology 39:248-253.

  • 2005  Graves, B.M., K.A. Stanley, and E.A Gardner. Correlates of vocal display in a Costa Rican population of Strawberry Poison-dart Frogs, Dendrobates pumilio. Journal of Herpetology 39:101-107.

  • 2004  Nelson, G.L. and B.M. Graves. Anuran population monitoring: comparison of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program�s calling index with mark-recapture estimates for Rana clamitans. Journal of Herpetology 38:14-18.

  • 2002 Placyk, J.S. and B.M. Graves. Prey detection by vomeronasal chemoreception in a plethodontid salamander. Journal of Chemical Ecology 28:1017-1036.

  • 2000 Graves, B.M. and V.S. Quinn. Temporal persistence of alarm pheromones in skin secretions of the salamander , Plethodon cinereus. Journal of Herpetology 34:287-291.

  • 1999 Graves, B.M. Diel activity patterns of the sympatric poison dart frogs, Dendrobates auratus and D. pumilio in Costa Rica. Journal of Herpetology 33:375-381.

  • 1999 Quinn, V.S. and  B.M. Graves. Space use in response to conspecifics by the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus , Plethodontidae, Caudata). Ethology 105:993-1002.