Alfred Beulig

Emeritus Professor of Biology


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Palmer Building E 110


Heiser E172C



Ph.D., City College of the City University of New York
B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin

Professor Beulig specializes in vertebrate biology, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, coral reef ecology and neurobiology. His current research is in the area of psychoneuroimmunology. This emerging field centers around the interactions among the endocrine, nervous and immune systems that control behaviors to prepare the organism to withstand stress and involves “mind-body” phenomena. He is using marine organisms including fish as model systems to study the evolution and function of these mechanisms. Recently, he has been investigating the effects of chronic stress on cognition.

He teaches courses in organismic biology, animal behavior, neurobiology, immunobiology, and coral reef ecology as well as the vertebrate section of the general biology course.

Professor Beulig is also involved in marine ecology and conservation in Central America. Under the auspices of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, (ITEC) he teaches a field course in coral reef ecology during the summer in Panama.

Recent Courses

Organismic Biology Lecture
Organismic Biology Laboratory
Coral Reef Ecology Mod 1
Neurobiology Lecture and Laboratory
Animal Behavior Lecture and Laboratory
History, Development, and Practise of Maritime Technology

Selected Publications

Beulig, A., & Fowler, J. (2008). Fish on Prozac: Effect of serotonin reuptake inhibitors on cognition in goldfish. Behavioral Neuroscience 122: 426-432.

Beulig, A., & Fowler, J. (2004). Serotonin and avoidance learning in goldfish. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 44(6), 677.

Beulig, A., & Gange, J. (2004). Coral reef and mangrove interactions in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 44(6), 677.

Beulig, A., & Pilonieta, M. C. (2002 December). The Effects of estrogenic pesticide on reproductive behavior of Cyprinodon Variegatus, the Sheepshead Minnow. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42(6), 1196.

Trespalacios, D. & Beulig, A. (2005). Coral luminescent banding as environmental indicator in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 45(6), 1086.