James Waters


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Albertus Magnus Hall 02-24


Postdoctoral Research - Princeton University

Ph.D. - Biology, Arizona State University

Brief Biography:

Dr. James Waters (she/they) is a comparative physiologist with research interests in metabolic scaling, collective behavior, insect respiration, and natural history. She was born in New York City, went to Bronx Science, graduated from The University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University. She 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. Her research has been published in journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society B, The American Naturalist, Neuroscience Methods, and the Journal of Experimental Biology. She is active in the community, having served on the boards of the Rhode Island Jewish Museum and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

Dr. Waters identifies as a transgender and non-binary individual and as a member of the LGBTQ community on campus. She lives in Massachusetts and is the parent to two young and inquisitive children who love visiting campus, catching Pokemon, and collecting ants.

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.

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.

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