Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

Title: Professor
Department: Biology
Office: ASEC E511
Phone: 330-972-7311
Fax: 330-972-8445
Email: phn@uakron.edu
Website: http://scelop.wordpress.com


My current research includes several broad areas in ecology and evolution. I have active projects in population biology (spotted salamanders), physiological ecology and life history variation (fence lizards), and evolutionary biology/bio-inspired design (geckos). The thread which has always tied these seemingly disparate activities together is a firm foundation in evolutionary theory and analysis. Although I am active (publishing papers, seeking funding and mentoring students) in all of the areas mentioned above, I am focusing much of my energy on new work with geckos, in collaboration with a colleague in Polymer Science (Ali Dhinojwala). Dr. Dhinojwala’s lab was one of the first to produce a synthetic version of the gecko adhesive system with performance capabilities equaling or exceeding natural toepads. My collaboration with Ali is one of many examples of faculty collaborations within our new Integrated Bioscience PhD program (IB). Please take a look at my research website for more information on active projects and personnel.


Niewiarowski, P.H., Lopez, S., Ge, L., Hagan, E., and, Dhinojwala, A. 2008. Sticky gecko feet: the role of temperature and humidity. PLoSONE 2008. 

Spanovich, S., Niewiarowski, P.H., and Londraville, R.L. 2006. Seasonal effects on circulating leptin in the lizard Sceloporus undulatus from two populations. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part B 143:507-513. 

Niewiarowski, P.H., Angilletta, M.J., Jr., and Leache, A.D. 2004. Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis of Life History Variation Among Populations of the Lizard Sceloporus undulatus: An Example and Prognosis. Evolution 58: 619-633. 

Angilletta, M. J., Jr., Niewiarowski, P.H., Dunham, A.E., Leaché, A. and Porter, W.P. 2004. Bergmann’s clines in ectotherms: illustrating a life-historical perspective with sceloporine lizards American Naturalist 164: 168-183. 

Niewiarowski, P.H. 2001. Energy Budget, Growth Rates, and Thermal Constraints: Toward an Integrative approach to the Study of Life History Variation. American Naturalist 157:421-433. 

Niewiarowski, P.H., Balk, M.L., and Londraville, R.L. 2000. Effects of Leptin Injection in an Ectotherm: A New Tool To Study The Evolution of Life Histories and Endothermy? Journal of Experimental Biology 203:295-300. 

Niewiarowski, P.H. and Roosenburg W.M. 1993. Reciprocal transplant reveals sources of variation in growth rates of the lizard, Sceloporus undulatus. Ecology 74(7):1992-2002.


1992 PhD. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.