University of Michigan
Museum of Zoology
Division of Insects

Thomas E. Moore

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Systematics, Evolution, Behavior, Physiology, Environmental Policy

Dr. Moore's main research interests involve cicada locusts (Insects, Homoptera, Cicadidae), the only group known to produce loud sounds by all standard known mechanisms among insects: timballing, stridulating, and crepitating. He is interested in acoustic behavior, ontogeny of songs, mechanisms and physiology of sound production and reception and their ontogeny, sexual selection (particularly in species chorusing in groups rather than singing as individuals), and the systematics, evolution, zoogeography, and ecology of cicadas and other singing insects.

Dr. Moore received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1956. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Linnean Society, and the Royal Entomological Society of London, and serves as chair of the Michigan Committee for the National Institute for the Environment. He was a visiting professor with the Organization for Tropical Studies in 1970 and 1972, and has held adjunct academic appointments at the Max-Planck-Institut fúr Verhaltensphysiologie in Seewiesen, Germany. In 1968-1979, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Organization for Tropical Studies, and from 1973-75, was President of the Association for Tropical Biology. He currently is a consultant for the NSF Visual Technology in Environmental Curricula Program and is one of three members of the organizing committee for the 2nd National University Conference on Environmental Research and Teaching.



Insect Division
Museum of Zoology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1079

Phone: 734-763-4766
Fax: 734-763-4080


Recent Selected Publications

1988. Weber, T., T.E. Moore, F. Huber, and U. Klein. Sound production in periodical cicadas (Homoptera: Cicadidae: Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini). Proc. 6th Auchenorrhyncha Meeting, Turin, Italy (1987): 329-336.

1989. Huber, F., T.E. Moore and W. Loher. Cricket Behavior and Neurobiology. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY, 565 pp.

1990. Huber. F., H-U. Kleindienst, K. Schildberger, T. Weber, and T.E. Moore. Acoustic communication in periodical cicadas: neuronal responses to songs of sympatric species. Pages 217-228 In: Sensory Systems and Communication in Arthropods, Advances in Life Sciences, (F.G. Gribakin, K. Weise and A. Popov (eds.). Birkhauser Verlag: Basel.

1993. Moore, T.E. Acoustic signals and speciation in cicadas (Insecta: Homoptera: Cicadidae). Pages 269-284 In: Evolutionary Patterns and Processes, Linnean Society Symposium No. 14, (D.R. Lees and D. Edwards, (eds.) . London: Academic Press.

1993. Blackburn, C., T.F. Malone and T.E. Moore (eds). New Perspectives on Environmental Education and Research. A Report on the University Colloquium on Environmental Research and Education, 58 pp. Sigma Xi: Research Triangle Park, NC.

1993. Hollingsworth, P.J., and T.E. Moore (eds.). Lectures on Science Education 1991-1992. University of Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Soc., 89 pp.

1994. Hennig, R.M., T. Weber, T.E. Moore, F. Huber, H.-U. Kleindienst, and A.V. Popov. Function of the tensor muscle in the cicada Tibicen linnei. Jour. Exper. Biol. 187: 37-44.

last updated 02/02/2010