Andrew Bloch, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Integrative Biology (Behavioral Ecology) Lehigh University
B.S. General Biology, West Chester University

Phone: 603-899-4364


Courses Taught
  • ES103: Introduction to Ecosystem & Wildlife Concentration (Lecture and Labs)
  • ES104: Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation (Lecture and Labs)
  • Bl101 General Biology I Lab
  • Bl102: Biology II (Lecture and Labs)
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Sexual Selection
  • Mate Choice & Female Promiscuity

Honors & Awards

2018: Nemes Summer Research Fellowship, Lehigh University

2017: Nemes Summer Research Fellowship, Lehigh University

2016: Bioconnect Summer Research Fellowship, Lehigh University, The impact of sex ratios on the reproductive success of an endangered species

2014: Mountaintop Research Fellowship, Lehigh University, Developing an experimental approach for the conservation of highly endangered desert pupfish

Publications and Presentations

(* denotes undergraduate student co-author) Bloch, A.N., O’Keefe*, K., Kuchka, M., Itzkowitz, M. Female mate choice repeatability in the promiscuous sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus). In prep.

Bloch, A.N., O’Keefe*, K., Kuchka, M., Itzkowitz, M. The promiscuous female mating strategy may be unaffected by sex ratio biases: a study in the sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus). In prep.

Al-Shaer, L., Bloch, A., Draud, M., Baumann, B., Itzkowitz, M. (2019). Does reducing the numbers of striped parrotfish influence the foraging patterns of Caribbean coral reef mixedspecies groups? Mar Freshwater Behav Physiol. In press.

Bloch, A., Estela*, V.J., Leese, J.M., Itzkowitz, M. (2016). Male mate preference and sizeassortative mating in convict cichlids: A role for female aggression? Behav. Proc. 130: 81-85.

Bloch, A.N., Al-Shaer, L., Little, K., Itzkowitz. (2018). Effect of territory intruders on the perceived quality of territorial males in an endangered pupfish, Cyprinodon bovinus. Behaviour. 155: 465-479.

Al-Shaer, L., Bloch, A.N., Paciorek, T., Carroll*, Z., Black, A., Itzkowitz, M. (2016).

Renovated breeding habitat use in wild & captive-bred populations of an endangered desert pupfish. J. Biodivers. Endanger. Species. 4:1.

Black, A.N., Snekser, J.L., Al-Shaer, L., Paciorek, T., Bloch, A., Little, K., Itzkowitz, M.

(2016). A review of the Leon springs pupfish (Cyprinodon bovinus) long-term conservation strategy and response to habitat restoration. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 26:410- 416.

Bloch, A.N., Paciorek, T., Richter, M., Itzkowitz, M. (2015). Do males measure body sizes of males and females similarly? A test in the beaugregory damselfish, Stegastes leucostictus. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 1-7.

Professional Memberships

  • Animal Behaviour Society

  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Ichthyology

Conferences Attended

  • Evolution, 2019

  • Animal Behavior Society, 2018


  • LVEES, 2015-2017


Grants Received

  • 2017 Graduate Travel Award, Lehigh University- awarded $350

  • 2007-2011 West Chester University Board of Governors Scholarship recipient


  • 2019-Present Member of the Academic Assessment Committee
  • Franklin Pierce University Member of the Climate Action Committee, Franklin Pierce University