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Ronald Rutowski

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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3251
Emeritus Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3250
Biography

Ronald L. Rutowski earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1976 where he worked until 2016 when he retired. Although now retired, he remains professionally active in teaching and research.

His research examines function and percpetion of bright coloration in animals as well as the mechanisms that produce coloration. Butterflies are a special focus of his studies. 

Education

Ph.D. Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University 1976

B.A. Biology, University of California-Santa Cruz 1971

Research Interests

The production, function, and perception of bright coloration in animals and plants.

Publications
  • Rutowski, R. L., and P. Rajyaguru. 2013. Male-specific iridescent coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor): used in mate choice by females but not sexual discrimination by males.  Journal of Insect Behavior 26: 200-211.  
  • Rajyagugu, P., K. Pegram, A. Kingston, R. L. Rutowski. 2013. Male wing color property associated with mating success predicts material benefits received during mating in the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). Naturwissenschaften 100: 507-513.  
  • Pegram, K. V. and Rutowski R. L. 2014. Relative effectiveness of blue and orange warning colours in contexts of innate avoidance, learning and generalization. Animal Behaviour 92:1-8.
  • Bergman, M., Lessios, N., Seymoure, B. M., and Rutowski, R. L. 2015. Visual mate detection in a territorial butterfly – the effect of background and luminance contrast. Behavioral Ecology 26:851-860.
  • Pegram, K. V., H.A. Han, and R. L. Rutowski. 2015. Warning signal efficacy: assessing the effects of color, iridescence, and time of day in the field. Ethology 121:1-13

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  • Rutowski, R. L. Female Pipevine Swallowtails profitably pay attention to male coloration. The Cactus Wren-dition (2014).
  • Pegram, K. V., H. Han., and R. L. Rutowski. Overnight perching aggregations of an aposematic butterfly, Battus philenor, the Pipevine Swallowtail (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae): implications for predation risk and warning signal use. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera (2012).
  • Rutowski, R. L., and K. V. Pegram. Butterfly coloration studies. Sonoran Quarterly (2012).
  • D. J. Kemp, R. L. Rutowski. The role of coloration in mate choice and sexual interactions in butterflies. Advances in the Study of Behavior (2011).
  • Meadows, M. G., N. I. Morehouse, R. L. Rutowski, J. M. Douglas, and K. J. McGraw. Quantifying iridescent coloration in animals: a method for improving repeatability. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2011).
  • Merry, J. W., D. J. Kemp, and R. L. Rutowski. Variation in compound eye structure: effects of diet and family. Evolution (2011).
  • Morehouse, N. I., and R. L. Rutowski. Developmental responses to variable diet composition in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae: the role of nitrogen, carbohydrates and genotype. Oikos (2010).
  • Morehouse, N. I., and R. L. Rutowski. In the eyes of the beholders: female choice and avian predation risk associate with an exaggerated male butterfly color. American Naturalist (2010).
  • R. L. Rutowski and K. V. Pegram. Look but don't touch: The bright idea of butterfly mimics. American Butterflies (2010).
  • Rutowski, R. L., A. Nahm, and J. Macedonia. Iridescent hindwing patches in the pipevine swallowtail: differences in dorsal and ventral surfaces relate to signal function and context. Functional Ecology (2010).
  • Melissa G. Meadows, M. G., M. W. Butler, N. I. Morehouse, L. A. Taylor, M. B. Toomey, K. J. McGraw, and R. L. Rutowski. Iridescence: views from many angles. Journal of the Royal Society Interface (2009).
  • Morehouse, N. I., and R. L. Rutowski. Comment on "Floral iridescence produced by diffractive optics, acts as a cue for animal pollinators.". Science (2009).
  • Darrell Kemp, Joseph Macedonia, Tamara Ball, Ronald Rutowski. Potential direct fitness consequences of ornament-based mate choice in a butterfly. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2008).
  • Darrell Kemp, Joseph Macedonia, Tamara Harms, Ronald Rutowski. Potential direct fitness consequences of ornament-based mate choice in a butterfly. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2008).
  • Ronald Rutowski, Joseph Macedonia. Limits on the wavelengths represented in ultraviolet images of Lepidoptera. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society (2008).
  • Ronald Rutowski, Lars Gilsen, Eric Warrant. Visual acuity and sensitivity increase allometrically with body size in butterflies. Arthropod Structure and Development (2008).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. A statement from Ron Rutowski, Arizona State University. (2008).
  • D Kemp, Ronald Rutowski. Condition dependence, quantitative genetics, and potential information content of iridescent ultraviolet butterfly coloration. Evolution (2007).
  • Nathan Morehouse, P Vukusic, Ronald Rutowski. Pterin pigment granules are responsible for both broadband scattering and wavelength selective absorption in the wing scales of pierid butterflies. Proc. Royal Soc. Lond. B (2007).
  • R Papke, D Kemp, Ronald Rutowski. Multimodal signaling: structural ultraviolet reflectance predicts male mating success better than pheromones in the butterfly Colias eurytheme L. (Pieridae). Animal Behaviour (2007).
  • Ronald Rutowski, J Macedonia, D Kemp, Laura Taylor-Taft. Diversity in structural ultraviolet coloration among female sulphur butterflies (Coliadinae, Pieridae). Arthropod Structure and Development (2007).
  • Ronald Rutowski, Joseph Macedonia, Justin Merry, Nathan Morehouse, Kasey Yturralde, Laura Taylor-Taft, Diann Gaalema, Darrell Kemp, Randi Papke. Iridescent ultraviolet signaling in the Orange Sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme): Spatial, temporal, and spectral properties. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society (2007).
  • D Kemp, P Vukusic, Ronald Rutowski. Stress-mediated covariance between nano-structural architecture and ultraviolet butterfly coloration. Functional Ecology (2006).
  • J Merry, N Morehouse, K Yturralde, Ronald Rutowski. Eyes of a patrolling butterfly: visual field and eye structure in the Orange Sulphur, Colias Eurytheme (Lepidoptera, Pieridae). Journal of Insect Physiology (2006).
  • D Kemp, Ronald Rutowski, M Mendoza. Colour pattern evolution in butterflies: a phylogenetic analysis of structural ultraviolet and melanic markings in North American sulphurs. Evolutionary Ecology Research (2005).
  • Ronald Rutowski, J Macedonia, N Morehouse, L Taylor-Taft. Pterin pigments amplify iridescent ultraviolet signal in males of the orange sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences (2005).
  • Rutowski, Ronald L. Insect vision and behavior. Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2004).
  • D Kemp, Ronald Rutowski. A survival cost to mating in a polyandrous butterfly, Colias eurytheme. Oikos (2004).
  • C Rauser, Ronald Rutowski. Male-specific scales on the wings of the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, Agraulis vanillae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): pheromone-disseminating structures?. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society (2003).
  • D Orsetti, Ronald Rutowski. No material benefits, and a fertilization cost, for multiple mating by female Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineata). Animal Behavior (2003).
  • Rutowski, Ronald L (Author) . Visual ecology of adult butterflies. Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight (2003).
  • A Whitmer, J Maienschein, Ronald Rutowski. Biology and society: educating for the future. Journal of the Art of Teaching (2002).
  • M Radtke, Ronald Rutowski. Variation in the number of sperm transferred during mating among males of the Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). J. Insect Physiol (2002).
  • Ronald Rutowski, E Warrant. Visual field structure in the Empress leilia butterfly Asterocampa leilia (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae): dimensions and regional variation in acuity. Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2002).
  • Rutowski, Ronald, Kemp, D. Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch..... a Lepidoptera?. American Butterflies (2002).
  • D Kemp, Ronald Rutowski. Spatial and temporal patterns of territorial mate locating behaviour in Hypolimnas bolina (L.)(Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). J. Nat. Hist (2001).
  • J Drnevich, R Mendoza, Ronald Rutowski. Polyandry in yellow mealworm beetles: females receive material benefits from multiple matings. J. Insect Behavior (2001).
  • N Lund, E Cwengros, Ronald Rutowski. Sexual dimorphism in eye morphology in Eucheira socialis (Pieridae). J. Lep. Soc (2001).
  • Ronald Rutowski, L McCoy, M Demlong. Visual mate detection in a territorial male butterfly (Asterocampa leilia): Effects of distance and perch location. Behaviour (2001).
  • Rutowski, Ronald, Whitmer, A. Object lesson: Redesigning laboratory classrooms. HHMI Bulletin (2001).
  • J Drnevich, E Hayes, Ronald Rutowski. Sperm precedence, mating interval and a new mechanism of paternity bias in an insect. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol (2000).
  • K Wallace, Ronald Rutowski. Sexual dimorphism in eye morphology in a butterfly (Asterocampa leilia; Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Psyche (2000).
  • Ronald Rutowski. Eye size variation in butterflies: Intra- and interspecific patterns. Journal of Zoology (2000).
  • Ronald Rutowski. Postural changes accompany perch location changes in males of Asterocampa leilia (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) engaged in visual mate searching. Ethology (2000).
  • Ronald Rutowski, M Kimball. Seeing the world through butterfly eyes. American Butterflies (2000).
  • Pegram, K. V, A. C. Nahm, and R. L. Rutowski. Warning color changes in response to food deprivation in the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). Journal of Insect Science (0).
  • Pegram, K. V., M. Lillo, and R. L. Rutowski. Iridescent blue and orange components contribute to the recognition of a multicomponent warning signal. Behaviour (0).
  • Rajyaguru, P, K. Pegram, A. Kingston, R. L. Rutowski. Male wing color property associatied with mating success predicts material benefits received during mating in the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). Naturwissenschaften (0).
  • Rutowski, R. L., and P. Rajyaguru. Male-specific iridescent coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor): used in mate choice by females but not sexual discrimination by males. Journal of Insect Behavior (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 435Rsch Technique/Animal Behavior
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 601Strategies in Animal Behavior
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 590Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 496Undergraduate Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 435Rsch Technique/Animal Behavior
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
ANB 601Strategies in Animal Behavior
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 590Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 289SOLUR Apprentice
BIO 389SOLUR Researcher
BIO 489SOLUR Fellow
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 494Special Topics
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 602Current Issues In Behavior
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 435Rsch Technique/Animal Behavior
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
ANB 601Strategies in Animal Behavior
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 590Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 289SOLUR Apprentice
BIO 389SOLUR Researcher
BIO 489SOLUR Fellow
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 602Current Issues In Behavior
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 435Rsch Technique/Animal Behavior
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
ANB 601Strategies in Animal Behavior
BIO 790Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Presentations
  • Rutowski, R. L. Reflections of a doctoral student from the 1970's. 50th Anniversary of Nuerobiology and Behavior, Cornell University (Nov 2014).
  • Seymoure BM, Loew ER, McMillan WO, McGraw KJ, and Rutowski RL. Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light: Habitat segregation and adaptation. Social Insect Research Seminar Series. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ (Oct 2014).
  • Pegram, K.V. & Rutowski, R.L. Relative effectiveness of blue and orange warning colours in contexts of innate avoidance, learning and generalization. 7th Internaional Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, University of Turku, Finland (Aug 2014).
  • Olzer, R., Raymundo, A., Pegram, K.V. & Rutowski, R. L. Heritability of Elaborate Coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor. 7th Internaional Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, University of Turku, Finland (Aug 2014).
  • Bergman M, Lessios N, Seymoure BM, & Rutowski RL. Visual mate detection in a territorial butterfly – the effect of background and luminance contrast. 7th International Conference for Biology of Butterflies. Turku, Finland (Aug 2014).
  • Seymoure BM, WO McMillan, and RL Rutowsk. Heliconius in a new light: Mimicry rings, light environment and proximate mechanisms. 7th International Conference for Biology of Butterflies. Turku, Finland (Aug 2014).
  • Rutowski, R. L. Sexual selection, Darwin, and butterflies: Then and now. 7th Internaional Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, University of Turku, Finland (Aug 2014).
  • Seymoure BM, WO McMillan, and RL Rutowski. Heliconius in a new light: Mimicry rings, light environment and proximate mechanisms. International Society for Behavioral Ecology Conference, New York (Jul 2014).
  • Bergman M, Lessios N, Seymoure BM, & Rutowski RL. Visual mate detection in a territorial butterfly – the effect of background and luminance contrast. International Society for Behavioral Ecology. New York, New York (Jul 2014).
  • Olzer, R., Raymundo, A., Pegram, K.V. & Rutowski, R. L. Heritability of Elaborate Coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor. SOLS Undergraduate Poster Symposium (Apr 2014).
  • Olzer, R., Raymundo, A., Pegram, K.V. & Rutowski, R. L. Heritability of Elaborate Coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor. Celebrating Honors Symposium, Barrett, the Honors College, ASU (Apr 2014).
  • Rutowski, R. L., Williams, B., Raymundo, A. Blue iridescence in Morpho butterflies: Exploring its potential signal functions, display, and perception in nature. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gamboa (Panama) seminar (Apr 2014).
  • Olzer, R., Raymundo, A., Pegram, K.V. & Rutowski, R. L. Heritability of Elaborate Coloration in the Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor. Northeast Scientific Training Retreat, Woods Hole, MA (Mar 2014).
  • Seymoure BM, WO McMillan, and RL Rutowski. Heliconius in a new light: Mimicry rings, light environment and proximate mechanisms. Annual STRI Fellow's Symposium. Panama City, Panama (Mar 2014).
  • Rutowski, R. L. Iridescent Coloration in Animals. Science Speaker Series, Embry-Riddle University, Prescott, AZ (Jan 2014).
  • Rutowski RL. Iridescent color signals in animals. Blodbat (Departmental research retreat), Department of Zoology, University of Stockholm, Sweden (Nov 2013).
  • Rutowski RL (presenter), A Raymundo, B Seymoure, N Lessios. Courtship behavior of male butterfly enhances transmission of iridescent sexual signal. Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society (Jul 2013).
  • Olzer, R (presenter), A Raymundo, K Pegram, RL Rutowski. Heritability of an iridescent sexual signal in males of the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society (Jul 2013).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter), WO McMillan, RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings and light environments: Implications for eye morphology (Cambridge, MA). 2013 Heliconius Consortium meeting (Jul 2013).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter), WO McMillan, KJ McGraw, and RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Behavior Seminar (Panama) (May 2013).
  • Rutowski RL. Iridescent color signals in animals: production, perception, and function. Department Colloquium: University of Maryland Baltimore County (Apr 2013).
  • Rutowski RL. Iridescent color signals in animals. ASU Social Insect Research Group (Apr 2013).
  • Olzer R (presenter), A Raymundo, KV Pegram, RL Rutowski. Heritability of an iridescent sexual signal in males of the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). 2013 SOLS Undergraduate Research Symposium (Mar 2013).
  • Williams B (presenter), RL Rutowski. Morpho Butterfly Flight Kinematics: Effect on Broadcast of Iridescent Signal. 2013 SOLS Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium (Mar 2013).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter), WO McMillan, RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings and light environments: Implications for eye morphology. STRI Fellows Symposium (Panama) (Mar 2013).
  • Lessios N, JH Cohen, RL Rutowski. Visual ecology of two ephemeral pool crustaceans: phototaxis and light-orientation behavior of Triops (Branchiopoda: Notostraca) and Streptocephalus (Branchiopoda: Anostraca). Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative BIology (Jan 2013).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter), WO McMillan, RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings and light environments: Implications for eye morphology. Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative BIology (Jan 2013).
  • Seymoure B, R Olzer (presenter), WO McMilan, RL Rutowski. Heliconius Light Environment Segregation: Implications for Eye Morphology?. NIH- IMSD Launch Event at ASU (Jan 2013).
  • Pegram, Kimberly V (presenter).; Han, Hanh A.; Rutowski, Ronald L. Warning signal efficacy in nature: effect of color, iridescence and light environment. 14th Congress, International Society for Behavioral Ecology, Lund, Sweden (Aug 2012).
  • Rutowski, Ronald (presenter); Rajyaguru, Parth; Morehouse, Nathan. Bird's eye view of butterfly mimicry: coloration of Viceroy covaries geographically to match that of local milkweed butterflies. 14th Congress International Society for Behavioral Ecology, Lund Sweden (Aug 2012).
  • Olzer R (presenter), Seymoure BM, and RL Rutowski. Innate vs learned floral color preference in Heliconius butterflies. Annual meeting, Animal Behavior Society. Albuquerque, NM (Jun 2012).
  • Lessios N (presenter) and Rutowski R. L. Vision of an ancient crustacean: vertical orientation and wavelength-specific behavior of Triops. The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting Athens, Greece (Jun 2012).
  • Lessios N (presenter) and Rutowski R L. Visual behavior of an ancient crustacean. Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society, Albuquerque, NM (Jun 2012).
  • Rutowski R. Iridescent color signals in animals. STRI Tuesday seminar (Jun 2012).
  • Lessios N (presenter), Thome A. and Rutowski RL. Distribution of Large Branchiopods in Arizona. North America Center for Transborder Studies Fellowship Meeting, Tempe, AZ (Apr 2012).
  • Rutowski RL. Iridescent color signals in animals: Productions, function, and perception. Departmental coloquium, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (Apr 2012).
  • Olzer R (presenter), Seymoure BM, and RL Rutowski. Innate vs learned floral color preference in Heliconius butterflies. 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, SOLS, ASU (Mar 2012).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter), WO McMillan, KJ McGraw, and RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light. Graduate and Professional Student Association Poster Symposia. ASU (Mar 2012).
  • Lessios N (presenter) and Rutowski R. Orienting Behavior and Possible Visual Statocyst in a Crustacean from the Sonoran Desert: Triops (Branchiopoda: Notostraca). Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC (Jan 2012).
  • Seymoure BM (presenter) , WO McMillan, KJ McGraw, and RL Rutowski. Heliconius mimicry rings in a new light. Annual Conference, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. North Charleston, SC (Jan 2012).
  • K. V. Pegram (Presenter), R. L. Rutowski. Iridescent blue patch and orange spots both function in the recognition of a warning signal in the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. Annual meeting, Animal Behavior Society, Indiana University (Jun 2011).
  • Han, H. (presenter), K. V. Pegram, R. L. Rutowski. Overnight aggregtations in the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly. Annual meeting, Animal Behavior Society, Indiana University (Jun 2011).
  • N. I. Morehouse (presenter), R. L. Rutowski R.L. Genic capture by a nitrogen-rich color ornament in a nitrogenlimited butterfly. 13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Perth, Australia (Oct 2010).
  • N. I. Morehouse (presenter), R. L. Rutowski. The risks and rewards of resplendence: Viewing male butterfly color ornaments through the eyes of females and predators. 13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Perth, Australia (Oct 2010).
  • K. Pegram (Presenter), R. L. Rutowski. Warning signal design: Iridescent blue and orange elements contribute to signal recognition. 47th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Williamsburg, VA (Aug 2010).
  • M. Lillo (Presenter), K.V. Pegram, and R.L. Rutowski. Effects of larval density on growth in the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). 47th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Williamsburg, VA (Jul 2010).
  • P. Rajyaguru (Presenter), K.V. Pegram, A.C. Nahm, and R.L. Rutowski. Iridescent wing color relates to spermatophore mass in the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). 47th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society. Williamsburg, VA (Jul 2010).
  • R. L. Rutowski (Presenter), P. Rajyaguru, N. I. Morehouse. A bird’s eye view of mimicry: the case of geographic variation in Viceroy coloration. 6th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies (Jun 2010).
  • N. I. Morehouse (Presenter), R. L. Rutowski. Limiting nutrients, bright colors and male genetic quality: Why female Pieris rapae prefer colorful mates. 6th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies (Jun 2010).
  • K. V. Pegram (Presenter), R. L. Rutowski. Iridescent blue patch and orange spots both function in the recognition of a warning signal in the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. 6th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies (Jun 2010).
  • M. Lillo (Presenter), K.V. Pegram, and R.L. Rutowski. Effects of larval density on growth in the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Arizona State University (Mar 2010).
  • P. Rajyaguru (Presenter), K.V. Pegram, A.C. Nahm, and R.L. Rutowski. Iridescent wing color relates to spermatophore mass in the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Arizona State University (Mar 2010).
  • Ronald L. Rutowski. Butterfly coloration. Seminar at USDA lab, Maricopa, AZ (Jun 2009).
  • R. L. Rutowski. Darwin, Sexual Selection, and the Coloration of Butterflies. USDA ARid LAnds Research Labs (Maricopa, AZ) (Jun 2009).
  • R. Rutowski. Iridescence and the light environment. Physiology Behavior, and Neuroscience Seminar, SOLS, ASU (Nov 2008).
  • R. L. Rutowski, D. J. Kemp. Mutual ornamentation in a butterfly: Explanations for ultraviolet iridescence in females. Bi annual meeting, International Society for Behavioral Ecology (Aug 2008).
  • N. M. Morehouse, R. L. Rutowski. Female choice for a nitrogen-rich color ornament in a nitrogen-limited butterfly. Bi annual meeting, International Society for Behavioral Ecology (Aug 2008).
  • K. Vann, A. Nahm, R. Rutowski. Effects of food stress on iridescent signals in Battus philenor. Bi annual meeting, International Society for Behavioral Ecology (Aug 2008).
  • R. Rutowski. Iridescent coloration in animals. James Cook University, Cairns (live) & Townsville (video link), Queensland, Australia (Apr 2008).
  • K. Vann, A. Nahm, R. Rutowski. Effects of food stress on iridescent signals in Battus philenor. Conference: Iridescence - More than meets the eye (Feb 2008).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescent colors in butterflies: properties, behavioral implications, and functions. 5th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies (Jul 2007).
  • Rutowski, Ronald, MAcedonia, J, Kemp, D, Taylor-Taft, L. UV reflectance in female sulphur butterfliesL diversity and mechanisms. Annual Meeting, Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology (Jan 2007).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Ethology of Lepidoptera: Visual ecology of butterfly color signals. Annual Meeting, Lepidopterists' Society, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (Jul 2006).
  • Rutowski, Ronald, Macedonia, J, Morehouse, N, Taylor-Taft, L. Structural and pigmentary colors in sulphur butterflies, Colias eurytheme (Lepidoptera; Pieridae), work together to enhance potential signal contrast and honesty. Animal Behavior Society, 42nd Annual Meeting (Aug 2005).
  • Rutowski, Ronald, Macedonia, Joseph, Morehouse, Nate, Taylor-Taft, Laura. Structural and pigmentary colors in sulphur butterflies, Colias eurytheme (Lepidoptera; Pieridae), work together to enhance potential signal contrast and honesty. 10th International Behavioral Ecology Conference (Jul 2004).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Insect vision. Department of Biology (U Nebraska) Seminar (Mar 2004).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Structural colors and behavior: spectral, temporal, and spatial properties of iridescent UV reflection in flying butterflies. Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society (Jul 2003).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescence in butterflies: Spatial and temporal structure of signals produced by flying butterflies. 9th International Behavioral Ecology Conference (Jul 2002).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Eye size, vision, and behavior in butterflies. International Conference on Invertebrate Vision (Aug 2001).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Which way is up? Visual cues used to adjust head position in perching butterflies. Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society (Jul 2001).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Eye size, vision, and behavior in butterflies. Annual Meeting, Animal Behavior Society (Aug 2000).
  • Rutowski, Ronald. The biology of iridescent color signals in animals. UCI Seminar
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescent color signals in butterflies. U Missouri Seminar
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescent color signals in butterflies. U Antwerp
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescent color signals in butterflies. U Buffalo Seminar
  • Rutowski, Ronald. Iridescent color signals in butterflies. U Leiden Seminar
Editorships

Editor, Animal Behaviour

Service
  • Central Arizona Butterfly Association, Annual count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Count leader (2014 - Present)
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Butterfly Count, Count co-organizer (2014 - Present)
  • Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Leader (2014 - Present)
  • ASU Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Lecturer (2013 - Present)
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Family Friday program, Presenter (2014 - Present)
  • Southwest Monarch Study (http://www.swmonarchs.org/), Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • McDowell Sonoran Field Institute Scientific Advisory Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Animal Behaviour, Editor (2013 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Butterfly Association, President and Field trip leader (2013 - Present)
  • ASU IMSD Program, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs (2013 - Present)
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Field trip leader (2013 - Present)
  • Butterfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Leader (2011 - Present)
  • McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, Team Leader for arthropod survey (2011 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Butterfly Association Butterfly Count, Participant (2010 - Present)
  • North American Butterfly Association, Scientific Advisory Board, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Butterfly Association, President and Board member (2007 - Present)
  • Butterfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Leader (2010 - 2010)
  • Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Presenter (2007)
Expertise Areas