James Waters

Associate Professor

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Albertus Magnus Hall 02-24


Postdoctoral Research - Princeton University

Ph.D. - Biology, Arizona State University

Brief Biography:

Dr. James S. Waters is a comparative physiologist with interests in metabolic scaling, collective behavior, insect respiration, and natural history. They graduated from The University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and received a Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University. They worked at the Field Museum of Natural History, Argonne National Laboratory, and Princeton University prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at Providence College. Dr. Waters is a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. Their research has been published in journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society B, The American Naturalist, Neuroscience Methods, and the Journal of Experimental Biology. They are active in the community, serving on the boards of the Rhode Island Jewish Museum and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. They identify as a transgender and non-binary individual and as a member of the LGBTQ community on campus. They live in Massachusetts and are the parent to two young and inquisitive children.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Comparative physiology, collective behavior, complexity science, mathematical modeling, natural history, entomology, myrmecology, and neuroscience.

Selected Publications:

Neville, K. Bosse, T. Klekos, M. Mills, J. Weicksel, S. Waters, J. M, T. (2018) A novel ex vivo method for measuring whole brain metabolism in model systems.. Journal of Neuroscience Methods.(296), 32-43.

Waters, J. Ochs, A. Fewell, J. Harrison, J. (2017) Differentiating causality and correlation in allometric scaling: ant colony size drives metabolic hypometry.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences .(284), 20162582.

Harrison, J. Klok, C. Waters, J. (2014) Critical PO2 is size-independent in insects: implications for the metabolic theory of ecology. Current Opinion in Insect Science.(4), 54-59.

Waters, J. (2014) Theoretical and empirical perspectives on the scaling of supply and demand in social insect colonies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.(150), 99-112.

Waters, J. Holbrook, C. Fewell, J. Harrison, J. (2010) Allometric Scaling of Metabolism, Growth, and Activity in Whole Colonies of the Seed-Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex californicus.. The American Naturalist.(176), 501-510.

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