Jonathan Fingerut, Ph.D.
- B.A. in Biology (1994), Cornell University, Ithaca NY
- Ph.D. in Biology (2003), University of California, Los Angeles
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2003-2006), Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Adjunct Professor (2005-2006), Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
- Assistant Professor (2006-2013), Department of Biology, Saint Joseph‘s University, Philadelphia, PA
- Associate Professor (2013-2017), Department of Biology, Saint Joseph‘s University, Philadelphia, PA
- Director, Environmental Science and Sustainability Program (2013-2018) Saint Joseph‘s University, Philadelphia, PA`
- ingerut, J.T., Fonseca, D. Thomson, J. Hart, D.D. 2015 Seeking shelter from the storm: Responses of benthic stream invertebrates to natural and experimental floods. Freshwater Science 34:897–908
- Brannin M.*, O’Donnell M.K.*, Fingerut J.T. 2014 Effects of ontogeny and hydrodynamics on the growth rates of the black fly Simulium tribulatum. Integrative Zoology 9:61-69
- Fingerut J.T., Orbe K. *, McRobert S.* 2013 Fluorescein dye as a tagging agent for Drosophila dispersal studies. Drosophila Information Service 95:117-122
- Fingerut J.T., Orbe K.*, Flynn D.*, Habdas P.* 2013 Creating a better bone: A biomechanics laboratory exercise. Bioscene 39:10-15
- Fingerut J.T., and Simmen L.* 2012 Silk use by benthic macroinvertebrates. In Silk: properties, production and uses. NOVA Scientific Publishers
- Habdas P.*, Mawhinney M.*, O’Donnell M.K.*, Fingerut J.T. 2012 Measuring drag force in Newtonian liquids in the introductory laboratory. The Physics Teacher 97
- Oates J.*, Fingerut J.T. 2011 Internal movement of estuarine digenetic trematodes through their intermediate snail host Cerithidea californica. Journal of Parasitology 97:1181-1183
- Fingerut J.T., Hart D.D., Thomson J. 2011 Larval settlement in benthic environments: The effects of velocity and bed element geometry. Freshwater Biology, 56:904-915
- Fingerut, J., Schamel, L., Faugno, A., Mestrinaro, M., and Habdas, P. 2009 Role of silk threads in the dispersal of larvae through stream poools. Journal of Zoology, 279:137-143
- Zimmer, R.K., Fingerut J.T., Zimmer, C.A. 2009 Dispersal Pathways, Seed Rains, and the Dynamics of Larval Behavior. Ecology, 90:1933-1947
- Fingerut, J.T., Hart, D.D., J.N. McNair. 2006. Silk filaments enhance the settlement of stream insect larvae. Oecologia, 150:202-212
- Thomson, J.R., Clark B.D., Fingerut J.T., D.D. Hart. 2004. Local modification of benthic flow environments by suspension-feeding stream insects. Oecologia, 140: 533-542
- Fingerut, J.T., Zimmer,C.A., R.K. Zimmer. 2003. Patterns and processes of larval emergence in an estuarine parasite system. Biological Bulletin, 205: 110-120
- Fingerut, J.T., Zimmer, C.A., R.K. Zimmer. 2003. Larval swimming overpowers turbulent mixing and facilitates transmission of a marine parasite. Ecology, 84: 2502- 2515
Research in my laboratory focuses on the role of hydrodynamics and larval behavior in determining the spatial distribution of invertebrates in aquatic systems. Though often poorly understood, flow can be one of the most important environmental factors determining these distributions.
Currently, we are studying larvae of the black fly Simulium tribulatum. Relying on fast flow for food, safety from predators, and transportation, this aquatic life-stage of a terrestrial fly is particularly sensitive to hydrodynamic conditions in its stream habitat. Recent work has determined that the use of silk threads, similar to those produced by spiders, can influence how these larvae are transported downstream. These threads not only increase their ability to settle in regions of preferred fast flow, but may also facilitate emigration from regions with unsuitably slow flow. Future research will determine how the silk is produced, used, and under what conditions it is most effective.
Our second area of research is looking at the ecology and biology of an invasive fruit fly known as the spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) which has spread across the country in recent years affecting fruit crops such as blueberries and raspberries. My lab, working with the McRobert lab here at SJU, is investigating the dispersal, lifecycles, population genetics, and overwintering of this agricultural menace.