Owen D. Sholes, Ph.D

Adjunct Faculty

Testa Science Center - Room 304

Degrees Earned

B.A., Carleton College; Biology, 1972
Ph.D., Cornell University; Ecology, 1980
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Responses of arthropods to the phenology of their host plant inflorescences, concentrating on the host genus Solidago.”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Environmental History of New England
Invertebrate Zoology
Special Topics in Biology: Trees
General BiologyHonors Seminar

Publications & Editorships

Owen D.V. Sholes. 2108. Stopping By Woods: Robert Frost as New England Naturalist. McFarland, Jefferson, NC https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/stopping-by-woods/

O.D.V. Sholes. 2017. Death or Nourishment in Robert Frost’s ‘Blue-Butterfly Day’? The Explicator 75 (1): 22-24.

O.D.V. Sholes. 2016. Bleeding Trees in the Poetry of Robert Frost. The Robert Frost Review No. 26: 31-39.

O.D.V. Sholes. 2013. Avoidance of needle rust fungus by sawfly larvae on pinyon pine. Southwestern Naturalist 58: 474-478.

O.D.V. Sholes. 2013. Effects of ice storm damage on radial growth of Quercus spp. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140(3): 364-368.

O.D.V. Sholes. 2011. Consequences of narrow temperature tolerance for a pinyon pine sawfly, Neodiprion edulicolus. Environmental Entomology 40: 777-781.

Owen D. V. Sholes. “Effects of associational resistance and host density on woodland insect herbivores” Journal of Animal Ecology (2008). Volume 77 Issue 1, Pages 16 – 23.

D. Hawkins ’04 and O.D.V. Sholes. “Composition and temporal change of the forests in 18th century Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.” Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society (2007): 74-79.

J. Buron, D. Lavigne, K. Grote, R. Takis and O. Sholes. “Association of vines and trees in second-growth forest.” Northeastern Naturalist 5 (1998): 359-362.

O.D.V. Sholes. “Plant Survival.” Nature 371 (1994): 661.

R.I. Bertin and O.D.V. Sholes. “Weather, pollination and phenology of Geranium maculatum.” American Midland Naturalist 129 (1993): 52-66.


O.D.V. Sholes. 2016. Robert Frost: Making Choices in a Changing Countryside. International Conference on Ecopoetics, Perpignan, France. June 22-25.

Poetry Night, Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY Nature Poetry: Robert Frost, April 2015

Assumption College, HumanArts Series “Poet Naturalist: Robert Frost in the Changing Landscape of New England” March 2014

O.D.V. Sholes. 2013. Landscape as a source of mood in the poetry of Robert Frost. The Eleventh International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities.

O.D.V. Sholes. 2002. Variable responses of herbivores to host and non-host density. Abstracts, Ecological Society of America 87th Annual Meeting

O.D.V. Sholes. 2000. Influence of cold weather on the abundance of pinyon pine sawflies. Abstracts, Ecological Society of America 85th Annual Meeting, p. 306

O.D.V. Sholes. 1998. Influence of background vegetation on insect herbivores. Proceedings of VII International Congress of Ecology, p. 389

O.D.V. Sholes. 1995. What limits the distribution of pinyon pine sawflies: dispersal ability, conditions, and/or enemies? Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 76(2; part 2): 240

O.D.V. Sholes and T.G. Whitham. 1993. Top-down and bottom-up control of herbivores on pinyon pine. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Supplement. 74(2): 435

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grants, Assumption College:

Biological subjects and images in the poetry of Robert Frost: 2012

Analysis of tree rings: 2003

Resilience of an Insect Population: 2000

Distribution of insects on pinyon pine: 1996, 1995

Professional Affiliations

Sigma Xi: 2006

Phi Beta Kappa: 1972