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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Science


Science and Allied Health 311



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2541


Dr. Victoria Ingalls

Professor of Biology


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Behavioral and evolutionary ecology, How evolution shapes sex differences, How evolutionary forces shape fictional heroes

Selected Publications

Saunders, J. P. and Ingalls, V.  2013.  Evolutionary Science and Literary Design: Teaching Huxley’s Brave New World in Interdisciplinary Collaboration.  Style 47(2): 239-260.

Ingalls, V. 2012.  Sex differences in the Creation of Fictional Heroes with Particular Emphasis on Female Heroes and Superheroes in Popular Culture: Insights from Evolutionary Psychology.  The Review of General Psychology 16(2): 208-221

Ingalls, V. 2010.  The Hero’s Relationship to Family: A Preliminary Sociobiological Analysis of Sex Differences in Hero Characteristics Using Children’s Fantasy Literature.  Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology 4(4):332-352. 

Staicer, C.A.., Ingalls, V. and Sherry, T.W.  2006.  Singing Behavior Varies with Breeding Status of American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:439-451.

Ingalls, V. 1993.  Startle and Habituation Responses of Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata)in a Laboratory Simulation of Anti-predator Defenses of Catocala Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).  Behaviour 126: 77-96.

Kroodsma, D.E., Ingalls, V.A., Sherry, T.W., and Werner, T.K.  1987.  Songs of the Cocos Island Flycatcher:  Vocal Behavior of a Suboscine on an Isolated Oceanic Island.  Condor 89: 75-84.

Selected Presentations

Ingalls, V. 2011.  Sex Differences in Hero Creation: A Sociobiological Analysis of Children’s Fantasy Literature. New Paltz Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Seminar Series, SUNY New Paltz, NY.   

Awards and Honors

2013: promoted to Full Professor of Biology

2009: Gregory J. Kilgariff Distinguished Service Award: Marist College

2007: Edwards Prize for the best published paper in the 118th volume of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (see Staicer, Ingalls & Sherry 2006)

1996: Elected Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee/Chair of the Faculty (Marist College) (served 1996-1998)

1995: Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award: Marist College

1992: Carnes Award and American Ornithologists’ Union Research Grant (presented by the American Ornithologists’ Union): The Role of Song in the Breeding-Season Ecology of a Migratory Forest Songbird (The American Redstart)

1983: Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund Award (presented by the American Museum of Natural History): Avian Predator Strategies to Insect Startle Defenses: The Habituation of Blue Jays to Successive Presentations of Startle Stimuli

1980: Nancy Skinner Clark Fellowship (for graduate study), Vassar College

1978: General Honors, Departmental Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Vassar College