Jon Harrison

Jon Harrison
Associate Director and Professor, School of Life Sciences



School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
USA

Dr. Harrison's research centers on the physiological mechanisms of insects in the context of environmental stress and evolutionary theory. His studies integrate field observations of insect ecology and behavior with laboratory studies of organismal and cellular physiology. Some of current research projects in the lab address the following questions: (1) How does variation in atmospheric oxygen level affect the control of growth and body size? (were the giant insects of the Paleozoic made possible by elevated oxygen levels?) (2) How does body size affect the structure and function of the insect respiratory system?, (3) How does grazing and nitrogen input to ecosystems affect herbivore structure, function and behavior? (4) How does colony size affect the energetics and behavior of ant colonies? (5) Can we improve the design of micro-medical devices by studying the mechanisms and control of fluid flow in insect tracheal and circulatory systems?

  • ecological physiology
  • evolutionary physiology
  • insect physiology
  • respiratory physiology
  • nutritional physiology

PhD, Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1987

BSc, Biology, University of Toronto, 1978

Journal Articles

2013

Harrison, J. F., A. J. Cease, J. M. VandenBrooks, T. Albert and G. Davidowitz. 2013. Caterpillars selected for large body size and short development time are more susceptible to oxygen-related stress. Ecology and Evolution 3(5):1305-1316. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.551. (link)

Harrison, J. F., J. S. Waters, A. J. Cease, J. M. VandenBrooks, V. Callier, C. J. Klok, K. Shaffer and J. J. Socha. 2013. How locusts breathe. Physiology 28(1):18-27. DOI: 10.1152/physiol.00043.2012. (link)

Zhao, D., Z. Zhang, A. J. Cease, J. F. Harrison and L. Kang. 2013. Efficient utilization of aerobic metabolism helps Tibetan locusts conquer hypoxia. BMC Genomics 14(1):631. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-631. (link)

2012

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, C. F. Ford, S. Hao, L. Kang and J. F. Harrison. 2012. Heavy livestock grazing promotes locust outbreaks by lowering plant nitrogen content. Science 335(6067):467-469. DOI: 10.1126/science.1214433 . (link)

2010

Cease, A. J., S. Hao, L. Kang, J. J. Elser and J. F. Harrison. 2010. Are color or high rearing density related to migratory polyphenism in the band-winged grasshopper, Oedaleus asiaticus?. Journal of Insect Physiology 56(8):926-936. DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.05.020. (link)

Posters

2010

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, S. Hao, L. Kang and J. F. Harrison. 2010. Grasshopper developmental plasticity in heavilygrazed Asian Steppe pastures. Poster presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2010 Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2010, Seattle, WA. (link)

2009

Cease, A. J., S. Hao, L. Kang, J. J. Elser and J. F. Harrison. 2009. High density and high nitrogen: A dual stressor for grasshoppers?. Poster presented at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2009 Annual Meeting, 3-7 Janiary 2009, Boston, MA. (link)

Presentations

2014

Cease, A. J., M. Fay, J. J. Elser and J. F. Harrison. 2014. Dietary phosphate strongly and nonlinearly affects performance of an omnivourous herbivore. Presentation at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2014, Austin, TX. (link)

2013

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, S. Hao and J. F. Harrison. 2013. Low plant nitrogen content and high population density enhance migratory characters in a polyphenic locust. Presentation at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting 2013, 3-7 January 2013, San Francisco, CA. (link)

Cease, A. J., J. F. Harrison, S. J. Simpson and J. J. Elser. 2013. Mongolian locusts may require balanced diets to develop migratory swarms. Presentation at the Australian Entomological Society Annual Meeting, 20 September-2 October 2013, Adelaide, South Australia. (link)

Harrison, J. F., J. S. Waters, A. J. Cease, J. M. VandenBrooks, V. Callier, C. J. Klok, K. Shaffer and J. J. Socha. 2013. How hoppers breath. Presentation at the 2013 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2013, San Francisco, CA. (link)

2012

Harrison, J. F., A. J. Cease, J. M. VandenBrooks, J. S. Waters, C. J. Klok and V. Callier. 2012. Patterns and mechanisms of air flow during abdominal pumping in the grasshopper, Schistocerca americana. Presentation at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Science Research Conference, 2012, San Diego, CA. (link)

2011

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, S. Hao, L. Kang and J. F. Harrison. 2011. Locusts prefer nitrogen‐poor plants in overgrazed pastures. Presentation at the 2011 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, 3-7 January 2011, Salt Lake City, UT. (link)

2010

Cease, A. J., J. Elser, S. Hao, L. Kang and J. F. Harrison. 2010. Nutrition‐ and density‐dependent polyphenism in a non‐model locust, the Chinese band‐winged grasshopper Oedaleus asiaticus. Presentation at the The 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 12-15 December 2010, San Diego, CA. (link)

2008

Cease, A. J., T. Albert, J. M. VandenBrooks, G. Davidowitz and J. F. Harrison. 2008. The effects of different oxygen levels on size, growth, and development in the tobacco hornworm. Presentation at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2008 Annual Meeting, 2-6 January 2008, San Antonio, TX. (link)