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Faculty

ChristensonTerry E. Christenson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1974, University of California, Berkeley
Chair: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Curriculum Vitae

Email: tchris@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-3313

3056 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

The evolution of behavior, in particular sexual selection, that is, competition and mate choice at both the organism and gamete levels. Spiders are studied under lab and field conditions.

Selected Publications

Ramos, M., Coddington, J., Christenson, T. E., & Irschick, D. J. (2005). Have male and femal genitalia co-evolved? A phylogenetic analysis of genitalic morphology and sexual size dimorphism in web-weaving spiders (Araneae: Orbiculariae). Evolution, 59, 1989-1999.

Ramos, M., Irschick, D., & Christenson, T. (2004). Overcoming an evolutionary conflict: Removal of a reproduction organ greatly increases locomotor performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 101, 4883-4887.

Bukowski, T., Linn, C., & Christenson, T. (2001). Copulation and sperm release in Gasteracantha cancriformis. Animal Behaviour, 62, 887-895.

Bukowski, T., & Christenson, T. (2000). Determinants of mating frequency in the spiny orb-weaving spider, Micrathena gracilis. Journal of Insect Behavior,13, 331-352.

Bukowski, T., & Christenson, T. (1998). Natural history and copulatory behavior of the spiny orb-weaving spider, Micrathena gracilis. Journal of Arachnology, 25, 307-320.

Dr. Christenson's Courses


  • Introductory Psychology – PSYC 100
  • Comparative Animal Behavior – PSYC 368
  • Experimental Animal Behavior – PSYC 369
  • Evolution & Psychology – PSYC 370
  • History and Systems – PSYC 618

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu