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Margot Schwalbe

Margot Schwalbe

Assistant Professor of Biology


Animal Physiology
Animal Behavior
Sensory Biology

Research Interests

Unique sensory adaptations, especially in fishes
Neurophysiology and animal behavior
Predator-prey interactions
Animal locomotion and biomechanics


Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 2013
MS, Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2008
BS, Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2004

Courses Taught

Biol 120 – Organismal Biology

Biol 340 – Animal Physiology

Biol 478 – Animal Survival in Extreme Habitats


Webb, JF, Maruska, K, Butler, J & Schwalbe MAB. In Press. The lateral line system of cichlid fishes: Anatomy to behavior. In: Abate ME & Noakes DLG (Eds.). The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes: A Contemporary Modern Synthesis. Springer Academic.

Mekdara, P, Schwalbe, MAB, Coughlin, LL & Tytell, ED. 2018. The effects of lateral line ablation and regeneration in schooling giant danios. Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb.175166, doi: 10.1242/jeb.175166

Schwalbe, MAB, Sevey, BJ & Webb, JF. 2016. Detection of artificial water flows by the lateral line system of a benthic feeding cichlid fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219: 1050-1059.

Schwalbe, MAB & Webb, JF. 2015. The effect of light intensity on prey detection behavior in two Lake Malawi cichlids, Aulonocara stuartgranti and Tramitichromis sp. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 201: 341–356.

Schwalbe, MAB & Webb, JF. 2014. Sensory basis for detection of benthic prey in two Lake Malawi cichlids. Zoology. 117: 112-121.

Schwalbe, MAB, Bassett, DK & Webb, JF. 2012. Feeding in the dark: lateral-line-mediated prey detection in the peacock cichlid Aulonocara stuartgranti. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 2060-2071.

Bergstrom, MA & Mensinger, AF. 2009. Interspecific resource competition between the invasive round goby and three native species: logperch, slimy sculpin and spoonhead sculpin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 138: 1009-1017.

Bergstrom, MA, Evrard, LM & Mensinger, AF. 2008. Distribution, abundance, and range of the round goby, Apollina melanostoma, in the Duluth-Superior Harbor and St. Louis River Estuary, 1998-2004. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 34: 535-543.

Schwalbe, MAB, Boden, AL, Wise, TN & Tytell, ED. (2019). Red muscle activity in bluegill sunfish Lepomis macrochirus during forward accelerations. Scientific reports9(1), 8088.

Wise, TN, Schwalbe, MAB & Tytell, ED. (2018). Hydrodynamics of linear acceleration in bluegill sunfish, Lepomis macrochirusJournal of Experimental Biology. 221, jeb190892.