Andrew Bartlow

Andrew Bartlow
Graduate Student

(801) 585-9742



I eAndrew Bartlowarned my B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Wilkes University located in northeast Pennsylvania in 2010. I started researching as an undergraduate researcher during my sophomore year in a plant-animal interactions lab, where I studied the dispersal of acorns by rodents and birds and the implications for forest regeneration. I continued to work at Wilkes in the Biology Department for two years after I graduated in the same research lab. The lab was interested in how rodents and birds respond to specific acorn characteristics and how such characteristics influence eating and hoarding behaviors. I was also involved in studies investigating avian malaria in song sparrows and parasitic nematodes in white-footed mice. I have worked with squirrels, mice, voles, chipmunks, flying squirrels and several species of birds during my undergraduate and post-graduate career.

In addition, I have been a teaching assistant for several college level courses at Wilkes University including evolutionary biology, mammalian physiology, and parasitology, and I was a lab instructor at a local community college. The past two summers, I was involved in college and high school level field courses in Costa Rica: one that included a research project using clay caterpillars to study predator-prey interactions in the Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), and the other offered by Duke University about tropical medicine and ethnobiology located at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) field station in Las Cruces.

At the University of Utah, I am interested in host-parasite interactions in birds and mammals. I am currently combing through an endoparasite collection from the Natural History Museum of Utah and looking at patterns of prevalence, intensity, and host co-infection in several species of mammals.

Andrew Bartlow Publications

11. Bartlow, A. W., S. M. Villa, M. W. Thompson, S. E. Bush. 2016. Walk or ride? Phoretic behavior of amblyceran and ischnoceran lice. International Journal of Parasitology 46: 221–227.

10. Knutie, S. A., J. P. Owen, S. M. McNew, A. W. Bartlow, E. Arriero, J. M. Herman, E. DiBlasi, M. Thompson, J. A. H. Koop, and D. H. Clayton. 2016. Galápagos mockingbirds tolerate introduced parasites that threaten Darwin's finches. Ecology 97:940–950.

9. Yi, X., M. Zhang, A. W. Bartlow, Z. Dong. 2014. Incorporating cache managenent behavior into seed dispersal: the effect of pericarp removal on acorn germination. PLOS ONE 9: e92544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092544.

8. Knutie, S.A., S.M. McNew, A.W. Bartlow, D.A. Vargas, D.H. Clayton. 2014 Darwin’s finches combat introduced nest parasites with fumigated cotton. Current Biology 24(9):R355–R356DOI:

7. Zhang, M., Z. Dong, X. Yi, A.W. Bartlow. 2014. Acorns containing deeper plumule survive better: how white oaks counter embryo excision by rodents. Ecology and Evolution 4:59-66.

6. Yi, X., R. Curtis, A. W. Bartlow, S. J. Agosta, and M. A. Steele.  2013.  Rapid germination helps chestnut oak acorns escape predation by rodents: the role of elongation of cotyledonary petioles.  Naturwissenschaften 100:81–90.

5. Curtis, R., J. A. Carlson, S. Wood, J. A. Klemens, S. J. Agosta, A. W. Bartlow, M. A. Steele, and J. A. Stratford. 2013. Clay caterpillar whodunit: a customizable method for studying predator-prey interactions in the field. American Biology Teacher 75:47–51.

4. Yi, X., Y. Q. Yang, R. Curtis, A. W. Bartlow, S. J. Agosta, Z. B. Zhang, & M. A. Steele.  2012. Alternative strategies of seed predator escape by early-germinating oaks in Asia and North America. Ecology and Evolution 2:487–492.PDF

3. Steele, M. A., M. Bugdal, A. Yuan, A. Bartlow, J. Buzalewski, N. Lichti, R. K. Swihart.  2011.  Cache placement, pilfering, and a recovery advantage in a seed-dispersing rodent:  Could predation of scatter hoarders contribute to seedling establishment? Acta Oecologia 37:554–560.PDF

2. Bartlow, A. W., M. Kachmar, N. Lichti, R.K. Swihart, J.A. Stratford, and M. A. Steele.  2011.  Does multipleseed loading in Blue Jays result in selective dispersal of smaller acorns? Integrative Zoology 6:235–243. PDF

1. Klemow, K. M., A. Bartlow, J. Crawford, N. Kocher, J. Shah, and M. Ritsick.  2011.  Medical Attributes of St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum. In: Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Taylor and Francis Group.