Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

Title: Professor
Department: Biology
Office: ASEC E509
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.


Stark, A.Y., et al., Self-Drying: A Gecko's Innate Ability to Remove Water from Wet Toe Pads. Plos One, 2014. 9(7).

Stark, A.Y., et al., Surface Chemistry and Self-drying in the Gecko Adhesive System. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2014. 54: p. E200-E200.

Badge, I., et al., The Role of Surface Chemistry in Adhesion and Wetting of Gecko Toe Pads. Scientific Reports, 2014. 4.

Autumn, K., P.H. Niewiarowski, and J.B. Puthoff, Gecko Adhesion as a Model System for Integrative Biology, Interdisciplinary Science, and Bioinspired Engineering. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 2014. 45(1): p. 445-470.

Stark, A.Y., et al., The Effect of Water on the Gecko Adhesive System. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2013. 53: p. E207-E207.

Stark, A.Y., et al., Surface wettability plays a significant role in gecko adhesion underwater. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2013. 110(16): p. 6340-6345.

Stark, A.Y., T.W. Sullivan, and P.H. Niewiarowski, The effect of surface water and wetting on gecko adhesion. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2012. 215(17): p. 3080-3086.

Stark, A.Y., T.W. Sullivan, and P.H. Niewiarowski, The Effect of Surface Water and Wetting on Gecko Adhesion. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2012. 52: p. E333-E333.

Niewiarowski, P.H., et al., Faster but Not Stickier: Invasive House Geckos Can Out-Sprint Resident Mournful Geckos in Moorea, French Polynesia. Journal of Herpetology, 2012. 46(2): p. 194-197.

Hu, S.H., et al., Dynamic self-cleaning in gecko setae via digital hyperextension. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2012. 9(76): p. 2781-2790.

Hsu, P.Y., et al., Direct evidence of phospholipids in gecko footprints and spatula-substrate contact interface detected using surface-sensitive spectroscopy. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2012. 9(69): p. 657-664.

Alibardi, L., et al., Histochemical and Ultrastructural Analyses of Adhesive Setae of Lizards Indicate that They Contain Lipids in Addition to Keratins. Journal of Morphology, 2011. 272(6): p. 758-768.

Niewiarowski, P.H., et al., Sticky Gecko Feet: The Role of Temperature and Humidity. Plos One, 2008. 3(5).

Purrenhage, J.L., et al., Regional population dynamics of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in a fragmented landscape. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2004. 44(6): p. 626-626.

Niewiarowski, P.H., M.J. Angilletta, and A.D. Leache, Phylogenetic comparative analysis of life-history variation among populations of the lizard Sceloporus undulatus: An example and prognosis. Evolution, 2004. 58(3): p. 619-633.

Angilletta, M.J., et al., Bergmann's clines in ectotherms: Illustrating a life-history perspective with sceloporine lizards. American Naturalist, 2004. 164(6): p. E168-E183.

Niewiarowski, P.H., Energy budgets, growth rates, and thermal constraints: Toward an integrative approach to the study of life-history variation. American Naturalist, 2001. 157(4): p. 421-433.

Niewiarowski, P.H. and W. Roosenburg, Reciprocal Transplant Reveals Sources of Variation in Growth-Rates of the Lizard Sceloporus-Undulatus. Ecology, 1993. 74(7): p. 1992-2002.


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