Raymond Pierotti

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1980
Primary office:
Haworth Hall


Dr. Pierotti's research investigates the evolutionary biology of vertebrates with male parental care and socially monogamous breeding systems.

I collect data on individual variation in behavioral and ecological aspects of parental care. My primary question is how an individual organism becomes successful at reproduction and contributes to future generations. My research focuses on two genera of monogamous vertebrates: the avian genus Larus (gulls), and the mammalian genus Canis (wolves, coyotes, dogs).

Selected Publications

  • Pierotti, R. 2018. World views and the Concept of Traditional. Ethnobiology Letters 9(2): 299-304. doi: 10.14237/ebl.9.2.2018.1394
  • Pierotti, R. and B. Fogg. 2017 The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Co-evolved. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.
  • Pierotti, R. 2016. The role of myth in understanding nature. Ethnobiology Letters 7(2): 6-13.
  • Pierotti, R. and C.A. Annett.  2015. Indigenous concepts of ‘living systems’:  Aristotelian ‘soul’ meets constructal theory. Ethnobiology Letters 6: 80-88.
  • Fogg, B. R., N. Hernandez-Howe, and R. Pierotti. 2015. Relationships between Indigenous American peoples and wolves 1: Wolves as Teachers and Guides.  Journal of Ethnobiology 35: 262-285.
  • Benedit, M. K. Kindscher, and R. Pierotti. 2014.  Learning from the land: Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the plant sciences. pp. 135-154.  In: Quave, C. L. (ed.).  Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences.  Springer Publications, N.Y.
  • Pierotti, R. and C.A. Annett. 2013. We probably thought that would be true:  Perceiving complex emotional states in nonhumans. Ethnobiology Letters 5: 15-21.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2012. "The Process of Domestication; Why Domestic Forms are not Species" Wolfdog. 2. 22-27.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2012. "Human Impacts on Seals, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters: Integrating Archaeology and Ecology of the Northeast Pacific" Ethnobiology Letters. 4. 32-36.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2012. "Forms of Becoming: Evo-Devo for Ethnobiologists" Ethnobiology Letters. 3. 35-38.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2012. "All dogs are wolves" Wolfdog. 2. 8-11.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2011. "The World According to Is'a: Combining Empiricism and Spiritual Understanding in Indigenous Ways of Knowing" Ethnobiology. edited by Anderson, E. N., D. M. Pearsall, E. S. Hann, and N. J. Turner. 399p..
  • Pierotti, R.. 2011. "Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery" Ethnobiology Letters.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2011. "Indigenous Knowledge, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology" 264.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2010. "Sustainability of natural populations: Lessons from Indigenous Knowledge" Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 15. 274-287.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2005. "Communities as social and ecological entities" Being Native: Native Being.
  • Calhoon, J. A., D. Wildcat, C. A. Annett, R. Pierotti, and W. Griswold. 2003. "Creating meaningful study abroad programs for American Indian postsecondary students" Journal of American Indian Education. 42. 46-57.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2002. "Connected to the Land: Nature and Spirit in the Novels of Louis Owens" Indigenous Nations Studies Journal. 3. 77-94.
  • Pierotti, R.. 2002. "Campus Morale Under Corporate Models: the University of Kansas" Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. 4.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 2001. "The ecology of Western Gulls in habitats varying in degree of urban influence" Avian ecology and conservation in an urbanizing world. edited by Marzluff, J. and R. Donnelly. 307-329.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 2001. "Being native to this place" American Indians in History. edited by Evans, S.. 1870-2000.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 2000. "Traditional ecological knowledge: the third alternative" Ecological Applications. 10. 1333-1340.
  • Schweiger, E. W., J. E. Diffendorfer, R. D. Holt, and R. Pierotti. 2000. "Interaction between habitat fragmentation, plant and small mammal succession in an old-field community" Ecological Monographs. 70. 383-400.
  • Wildcat, D. and R. Pierotti. 2000. "Finding the indigenous in indigenous studies" Indigenous Nations Studies Journal. 1. 61-70.
  • Greenberg, M. and R. Pierotti. 2000. "Conflict and resolution in primates—all too human" Science. 290. 1095-1096.
  • Good, T. P., J. C. Ellis, C. A. Annett, and R. Pierotti. 2000. "Bounded hybrid superiority: effects of mate choice, habitat selection, and diet in an avian hybrid zone" Evolution. 54. 1774-1783.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 1999. "Traditional knowledge, culturally based worldviews and Western science" Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity. edited by Posey, D.. 192-199.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 1999. "Traditional ecological knowledge: synthesizing rationalism and belief" Conference proceedings: Bridging traditional ecological knowledge and ecosystem science. 36-46.
  • Schweiger, E. W., R. D. Holt, R. Pierotti, and J. E. Diffendorfer. 1999. "The relative importance of small-scale and landscape-level heterogeneity in structuring small mammal distributions" Landscape Ecology of Small Mammals. edited by Barrett, G. and J. Peles. 175-207.
  • Annett, C. A., R. Pierotti, and J. R. Baylis. 1999. "Male and female parental roles in a biparental cichlid, Tilapia mariae" Environmental Biology of Fishes. 54. 283-293.
  • Annett, C. A. and R. Pierotti. 1999. "Longterm reproductive output and recruitment in western gulls: consequences of alternate foraging tactics" Ecology. 80. 288-297.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 1999. "Connectedness of Predators and Prey: Native Americans and fisheries management" Fisheries (J. Amer. Fisheries Soc.). 24(4). 22-23.
  • Kamler, J., D. S. Pennock, C. Welch, and R. Pierotti. 1998. "Comparative morphology of Peromyscus maniculatus and P. leucopus under conditions of allotopy and syntopy" American Midland Naturalist. 140. 170-179.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 1997. "The science of Ecology and Native American traditions" Winds of Change (Journal Amer. Indian Science and Engineering Society). 12(4). 94-98.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Wildcat. 1997. "Evolution, creation and Native American traditions" Winds of Change (Journal of AISES). 12(2). 70-73.
  • Pierotti, R., C. A. Annett, and J. L. Hand. 1996. "Male and female perceptions of pair-bond dynamics: monogamy in the Western Gull" Feminism and Evolutionary Biology. edited by Gowaty, P. A.. 261-275.
  • Good, T. P., R. Pierotti, and J. C. Ellis. 1996. "Influence of nesting habitat in the Western/Glaucous-winged Gull hybrid zone" Pacific Seabirds. 23. 7-10.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1995. "Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)" The Birds of North America. edited by Poole, A. and F. Gill.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1995. "First residents and first nations" Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy. 10. 96-97.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1994. "Patterns of aggression in gulls: asymmetries and tactics in different roles" Condor. 96. 590-599.
  • Pierotti, R. and T. P. Good. 1994. "Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)" The Birds of North America. edited by Poole, A. and F. Gill. (124).
  • McNeil, R. P., P. Drapeau, and R. Pierotti. 1993. "Nocturnality in colonial waterbirds: occurrence and special adaptations" Current Ornithology. 10. 187-246.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1993. "Larid diets and population biology" Colonial Waterbirds. 16. 252-255.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1993. "Hybridization and male parental care in birds" Condor. 95. 670-679.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1991. "Ravens in winter" Condor. 93. 788-790.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1991. "Individual variation and the costs of reproduction" Condor. 93. 1039-1040.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1991. "Diet choice in the herring gull: effects of constraints imposed by reproduction and ecology" Ecology. 72. 319-328.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1991. "Adoption vs. infanticide: an intergenerational conflict in birds and mammals" American Naturalist. 138. 1140-1158.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1990. "Diet and reproductive performance in seabirds" Bioscience. 40. 568-574.
  • Schneider, D., R. Pierotti, and W. Threlfall. 1990. "Alcid patchiness and flight direction near colonies in Witless Bay, Newfoundland" Studies in Avian Biology. 14. 23-35.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1989. "Reproductive success and individual variation" Condor. 91. 748-751.
  • Rothstein, S. I. and R. Pierotti. 1989. "Definitions and the genetic basis of beneficent behavior" Ethology and Sociobiology. 10. 453-456.
  • Annett, C. A. and R. Pierotti. 1989. "Chick hatching as a trigger for dietary switches in Western Gulls" Colonial Waterbirds. 12. 4-11.
  • Pierotti, R., D. Brunton, and E. C. Murphy. 1988. "Parent offspring and sibling sibling recognition in gulls" Animal Behaviour. 36. 606-608.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1988. "Interactions between gulls and otariid pinnipeds: competition,commensalism, and cooperation" Seabirds and other Marine Vertebrates: commensalism, competition, and predation. edited by Burger, J.. 213-239.
  • Rothstein, S. I. and R. Pierotti. 1988. "Distinctions among reciprocal altruism and kin selection, and a model for the initial evolution of helping behavior" Ethology and Sociobiology. 9. 189-210.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1988. "Associations between marine birds and marine mammals in the Northwest Atlantic" Seabirds and Other Marine Vertebrates: commensalism, competition, and predation. edited by Burger, J.. 31-58.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Annett. 1987. "Reproductive consequences of specialization and switching in an ecological generalist" Foraging Behavior. edited by Kamil, A. C., J. R. Krebs, and H. R. Pulliam. 417-422.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1987. "Isolating mechanisms in seabirds" Evolution. 41. 559-570.
  • Pierotti, R. and E. C. Murphy. 1987. "Intergenerational conflicts in gulls" Animal Behaviour. 35. 435-444.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1987. "Evolution as entropy" Condor. 89. 679-683.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1987. "Behavioral consequences of habitat selection in the herring gull" Studies in Avian Biology. 10. 119-128.
  • Pierotti, R. and C. A. Bellrose. 1986. "Proximate causation and the third chick disadvantage in gulls" Auk. 103. 401-407.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1986. "Modeling Nature" Condor. 88. 544-546.
  • Annett, C. A. and R. Pierotti. 1984. "Laboratory and field investigations of the foraging behavior of the leather-seastar, Dermasterias imbricata, in Monterey Bay, Calif." Marine Ecology Progress Series. 14. 197-206.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1983. "Gull puffin interactions" Biological Conservation. 26. 1-14.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Pierotti. 1983. "Costs of thermoregulation in adult pinnipeds" Evolution. 37. 1087-1091.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1982. "Spite, altruism, and semantics" American Naturalist. 119. 116-120.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1982. "Habitat selection and its effect on reproductive output in the herring gull in Newfoundland" Ecology. 63. 854-868.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1981. "Male and female parental roles in the western gull under different environmental conditions" Auk. 98. 532-549.
  • Pierotti, R.. 1980. "Spite and altruism in gulls" American Naturalist. 115. 290-300.
  • Pierotti, R. and D. Pierotti. 1980. "Effects of cold climate on the evolution of reproductive behavior in pinnipeds" Evolution. 34. 494-507.
  • Pierotti, R., D. G. Ainley, T. J. Lewis, and M. C. Coulter. 1977. "The birth of a California sea lion on Southeast Farallon Island" California Fish and Game. 63. 64-65.

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