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Academics

Frederick Prete

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Biology

Education

1995–1996   Post-doctoral Research, University of Chicago
1992             PhD, University of Chicago
1985             BA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Publications

Books

Prete, F.R. (ed.) (2004) Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems. Cambridge: MIT Press

Prete, F.R., H. Wells, P. Wells, and L.E. Hurd (eds.) (1999) The Praying Mantids. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press

Chapters

In the Mind of a Hunter: The Visual World of the Praying Mantis (with K. Kral). In FR Prete (ed.), Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems, Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 75-115.

How Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Writings Shaped Contemporary Questions About Mantid Prey Capture (with H. Wells, and P. Wells). In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 3-18.           

Prey Recognition. In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 141-179.

Prey Capture (with K. Hamilton). In The Praying Mantids (Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 194-223.

Rearing Techniques, Developmental Time, and Life Span Data for Lab-Reared Sphodromantis lineola. In The Praying Mantids (F.R. Prete, et al., eds.) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, pp. 303-310.

Designing Behavior: A Case Study. In Perspectives in Ethology, Vol. 11 (N. Thompson, ed.) New York: Plenum Press, 1995, pp. 255-277.

 

Selected Articles

Prete, FR, et al., (2019). The first analysis of discontinuous ventilatory abdominal pulsations in praying mantises. Fragmenta Entomologica, 51: 29-39 (2019). doi:10.4081/fe.2019.332

Schirmer A, Prete FR, et al., (2014) Circadian rhythms affect electroretinogram, compound eye color, striking behavior and locomotion of the praying mantis Hierodula patellifera. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217: 3853-3861

Prete FR, Theis R, Dominguez S, Bogue W (2013) Visual Stimuli Eliciting Tracking and Striking in the Praying Mantises, Parasphendale affinis (Giglio-Tos), Popa spurca (Stål), and Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Journal of Experimental Biology, 216: 4443-53. doi:10.1242/jeb.089474

Popkiewicz B, Prete FR (2013) Macroscopic Characteristics of the Praying Mantis Electroretinogram, Journal of Insect Physiology, 59: 812–823

Prete FR, Dominguez S, Komito JL, Theis R, Dominguez JM, Hurd LE, Svenson GJ, (2013) Differences in Appetitive Responses to Computer-Generated Visual Stimuli by Female Rhombodera basalis, Deroplatys lobata, Hierodula membranacea, and Miomantis sp. (Insecta: Mantodea), Journal of Insect Behavior, 26: 261-282

Prete FR, Theis R, Komito JL, Dominguez JM, Dominguez S, Svenson GJ, Wieland F (2012) Visual Stimuli that Elicit Visual Tracking, Approaching and Striking Behavior from an Unusual Praying Mantis, Euchomenella macrops (Insecta: Mantodea). Journal of Insect Physiology, 58: 648-659

Prete FR, Komito JL, Domínguez S, Svenson G, López YL, Guillen A, Bogdanivich N (2011) Prey Recognition in Three Morphologically Distinct Species of Praying Mantis, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 197: 877-894

Belpedio C, Buffington L, Clusman S, Prete FR, Sadler A, Whittemore L, Mungre S (2010) Effect of multidog play-groups on cortisol levels and behavior of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) housed in a humane society. Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, 4:15-27

Prete, FR (2007) Complex Learning in Arthropods. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 19: IV-VI

Prete FR (2007) Living with Animals: Honey Bee Society and Humans. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 1128-1133.

Prete FR (2007) Anthropomorphism: The myth of “Sexual cannibalism” by the praying mantis. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 68-71

Hurd LE, Prete FR, Jones T, Portman R, Singh TB, Co JE (2004) The first identification, synthesis and behavioral test of a mantid pheromone. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 30: 155-166

Prete FR (2004) The predatory behavior of praying mantids. In The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (M. Bekoff, ed.) Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 851-857.

Prete FR, Hurd LE, Branstrator D, Johnson A (2002), Responses to computer generated visual stimuli by the male praying mantis, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Animal Behaviour, 63: 503-510

Gonka, MD, Laurie TJ, Prete FR (1999) Responses of movement sensitive descending visual interneurons to prey-like stimuli in the praying mantis, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 54: 243-262

Bullaro M, Prete FR (1999) The Thoracic and Prothoracic Leg Neuromuscular System of the Praying Mantid, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 409: 325-338

Chan, WP, Prete FR, Dickinson MH (1998) A visually guided motor-controlled gyroscope in flies. Science, 280: 289-292

Selected Presentations

2019     NEIU 10th Annual Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium (Nov 15)

  • Helping Blind and Visually Impaired Children to Feel the World Around Them: My Life Comes Full Circle

2018     NEIU 9th Annual Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium (Nov 16)

  • 25 Years of Battling Academic Hegemony, Gender Stereotypes and Political Power: Deconstructing the Mantis Visual System in the Service of Helping Children

2018     10th Annual NEIU SCSE Research Symposium (21 Sept)

  • Responses to Headband Mounted ERM Haptic Actuators Driven by the Drv2605 Integrated Circuit Library with Lόpez-Martinez
  • Cellular Organization of the Brain and Thoracic Ganglia of the Praying Mantis with Zeka

2018     American Society of Safety Engineers Annual Conference San Antonio TX (invited) (2 Jun)

  • Think Outside the Box – Design and Deploy a Dynamic Safety Training Strategy with SD Kemerer, T Mortenson

2017     University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, Department of Entomology, (invited) (4 Dec)

  • How I Figured Out That Mantises Are As Smart As You Are: From Psychology to Cells

2017     University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Zoology, (invited) (Nov 9)

  • From Cognitive Psychology to Interneurons: How Praying Mantises Construct the Abstract Category, "Prey”

2017     Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (invited) (14 Jun)

  • Solving the Puzzles of the Brain

2017     University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (invited) (7 Apr)

  • From Cognitive Psychology to Potassium Channels: figuring out how praying mantises recognize prey

2016     Washington & Lee University, Dept. of Biology, (invited), Lexington VA (31 Mar & 01 Apr)

  • If You Want Students to Learn Science and Math, Teach them Like You Teach Sports
  • Understanding How Praying Mantises Recognize Prey: From Cognitive Psychology and Ecology to Potassium Channels

2015     Sapienza – Università di Roma (invited), Rome, Italy (25 Nov)

  • How Praying Mantises Recognize Prey: Merging Ecology, Psychology, and Neurobiology
  • TEDx, NEIU, Chicago IL (09 Oct)
  • If You Want Students to Learn Science and Math, Teach them Like You Teach Sports...

2015     Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (17-21 Oct)

  • The circadian modulation of physiology in the praying mantis: A novel insect model system with A.E. Schirmer, E.S. Mantes, W. Bogue, A.F. Urdiales, S.A. Patel, C.Carion, G. Prete, V.M. Skital

2014     TEDxNEIU, NEIU, Chicago, IL

  • Seeing what’s in the world: Why praying mantises are as smart as you are

2014     European Congress of Entomology (invited), York, England

  • Intraspecific and interspecific length variation in mantids: consequences for prey size and predatory strike rates with Mike Maxwell