Feb. 11: Darwin Day Speaker Celebrates Genetics & Guppies

Dr. Bleakley is Chair of the Biology Department at Stonehill College.

Bleakley comes to Stonehill from Smith College where she served as a lecturer in genetics (2009-10). Prior to that, she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) international research fellow based jointly at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at University of Exeter, Cornwall and Northern Arizona University. Her teaching appointments have included stints at the University of Virginia, Indiana University, and the University of Arizona.
In 2007, Bleakley received the William J. Rowland Mentor of the Year and Outstanding Associate Instructor of the Year Awards at Indiana University. Bleakley’s research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of social behavior. She uses inbred and wild lines of guppies to explore how the genetic component of the social environment influences antipredator behavior and cooperation. She also uses invertebrates to understand the genetics of cannibalism and how social selection acts on cannibalism. She is planning projects exploring how genetic variation interacts with social organization to influence behavior. These projects were supported by the National Science Foundation and Animal Behavior Society.

  • B.S., 1997, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D., 2007 Biology, Indiana University
  • Area Certificate in Animal Behavior, 2007, Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Indiana University

Selected Publications:

  • House CM, Bleakley BH, Walling CA, Price TA, Stamper CE & Moore AJ. (In press) The influence of maternal effects on indirect benefits associated with polyandry. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
  • Bleakley, B.H., J. Wolf, and A.J. Moore. (2010) Evolutionary quantitative genetics of social behaviour pp. 29-54 in Social behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution. T. Szekely, A.J. Moore, J. Komdeur, and M. Griffiths, eds. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Bleakley, B.H. and E.D. Brodie III. (2009) Indirect genetic effects influence antipredator behavior in guppies: estimates of the coefficient of interaction psi and the inheritance of reciprocity. Evolution 63(7): 1796–1806.
  • Bleakley, B.H., A.C. Eklund and E.D. Brodie III. (2008) Are designer guppies inbred? Microsatellite variation in five strains of ornamental guppies used for behavioral research. Zebrafish 5(1):39-48.

Upcoming Events in Library – from politics to Darwin Day to debt

Location unless otherwise noted: Library Events Area

02/03/2020 – American Democracy Project Pizza & Politics: The Iowa Caucus (8:00-9:00 pm)A live event watching the country’s first presidential election results come in. Learn about the Iowa Caucus process and discuss how the caucus impacts the presidential election going forward. Refreshments provided.

02/04/2020 – American Democracy Project – State of the Union Tweetup (8:45-11:00 pm)A live event watching the President address Congress and the nation as to the State of the Union. Students will have the opportunity to tweet-up the event.

02/05/2020 – The Challenges of War and the Modern Age: Indiana State Normal School during the First World War and the Early Twenties (5:00-7:00 pm) –  Join presenter Dan Clark as he discusses how Normal School operated during the First World War.

02/11/2020 – Darwin Day Speaker (7:00-8:30pm)Join speaker Bronwyn Heather Bleakley as she travels to Indiana State to lead a discussion on Darwin. https://www.stonehill.edu/directory/bbleakley/

02/12/2020 – Student Counseling Center (10:00am-2:00pm) LobbyCome for student counseling conveniently located in the lobby.

02/13/2020 – Managing Income and Debt (12:15-1:00 pm)  – Everyone talks about a budget, but how many of us actually make and stick to one? Most people have some debt, but how many understand its effects? Let us show you the real impact of both—and help you understand how your money can work for you. TIAA’s workshop leader will discuss the importance of cash flow and how to use it; focus on how you look at savings and spending; help you evaluate debt and find ways to help manage it.

02/26/2020 – Authors & Artists Reception and Program (2:30pm reception, 3:00pm program) Cunningham Memorial Library’s annual Authors and Artists program and reception is set for Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Library Events Area.  The only campus event that honors the written or artistic material or performance of ISU’s faculty, staff and students, this year’s 35th annual event will feature ISU faculty and emeriti who published or created artistic works in 2019. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 2:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 3:00 pm.