Stetson University

Peter May

Professor of Biology

Peter May's interests are primarily in ecology and the behavior of terrestrial animals and plants. He's particularly interested in the biology of birds, snakes and insects. May's research experience includes work on insect parasitism, avian community ecology, butterfly feeding behavior and energetics, reproductive ecology of Passiflora incarnata, ecology of pigmy rattlesnakes and box turtles, and mobbing behavior of passerine birds. His hobbies also include wildlife and nature photography.


  • Ph.D., zoology, University of Florida
  • M.S., biology, George Mason University
  • B.S., biology, George Mason University

Course Topics

  • Introductory Biology II
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Ornithology

Research Interests

  • Terrestrial ecology
  • Behavioral ecology of flowering plants, insects, reptiles and birds


  • Lanciani, C.A. and P.G. May. 1982. "Parasite mediated reductions in the growth of nymphal backswimmers." Parasitology 85: 1-7.
  • May, P.G. 1982. "Secondary succession and breeding bird community structure: patterns of resource utilization." Oecologia 55: 208-216.
  • May, P.G. 1984. "Avian reproductive output in early and late successional habitats." Oikos 43: 277- 81.
  • May, P.G. 1985. "Nectar uptake rates and optimal nectar concentrations in two butterfly species." Oecologia 66: 381-386.
  • May, P.G. 1986. "A simple method for measuring nectar uptake rates." J. Lepidopterists' Soc. 39: 53-55.
  • May, P.G. and E.E. Spears, Jr. 1988. "Andromonoecy and the regulation of sexual expression in Passiflora incarnata." American J. Botany 75(12): 1830-1841.

Peter May

Faculty Expert

  • Florida birds and insects

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