- Postdoc, The Ohio State University, 2008-2011
- Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008
- B.S., McGill University, Canada, 2002
- Baccalaureate, La Rochelle, France, 1999
- Animal behavior
- General biology
Current Research Projects
- Behavioral ecology
- Science education
I am broadly interested in behavioral ecology, especially in the decision-making processes involved in anti-predator behavior. I have worked mostly with mammals, including chipmunks and large carnivores, to answer questions about how animals deal with danger. Mammalian carnivores have rarely been taken into consideration in studies of threat-sensitive behavior since they are usually considered the predators, not the prey. However, carnivores rarely die of old age, encounter serious threats in their environment, both by other carnivores and by human persecution.
In addition, I have been actively involved in improving science education, especially regarding evolution, and I have worked in close collaborations with science teachers across Michigan and Ohio to develop inquiry-based activities to promote sciences at all levels of education. I am currently involved in two educational projects, one examining the impact of interventions regarding the acceptance of evolution in undergraduate students, and the other examining the effect of writing and discussion on long-term retention of knowledge.
- Pangle, W.M. 2011. Studying wild spotted hyenas in Kenya: challenges and implications. In: Research Beyond Borders: Multidisciplinary Reflections. Eds. L.-H. Smith & A. Narayan. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.
- Bro-Jørgensen, J. & W.M. Pangle. 2010. Male topi antelopes alarm snort deceptively to retain females for mating. American Naturalist 176: E33-E39.
- Pangle, W.M. & K.E. Holekamp. 2010. Functions of vigilance in adult spotted hyenas, Crocuta crocuta. Animal Behaviour 80: 257-267.
- Pangle, W.M. & K.E. Holekamp. 2010. Lethal and nonlethal anthropogenic effects on spotted hyenas in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Journal of Mammalogy 91: 154-164.