Denison University’s 178th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 18. Watch the ceremony in its entirety including commencement keynote speaker Jennifer Garner ’94.
Broadly speaking, my research lies within the realm of ecology. In particular, I am interested in how individuals, populations, and communities are affected by their interactions with their environment, both the living and physical components. Much of my research program focuses on these questions as they pertain to reptiles and amphibians, and so some would identify me as a herpetologist. My research program also has become increasingly concerned with understanding how anthropogenic, or human-induced, alterations of the environment influence amphibians and reptiles. I am especially interested in examining how the introduction of non-native species and chemical pollutants affect amphibian and reptile individuals and communities.
I also collaborate with a colleague at the Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico to study the ecology of Mexican reptiles and amphibians, and with a colleague at Earlham College (John Iverson) to study the ecology of turtles in Dewart Lake in northern Indiana and iguanas in Bahamas. I am very interested in including students in my research.
Selected Scientific Articles:
Editor, Journal of Herpetology (2006-2008; Acting Editor 2010-2011)
Associate Editor, Journal of Herpetology (1998 to 2005, 2010 - 2015)
Member, Iguana Specialist Group, IUCN (2013-present)
Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – Guillermo A. Woolrich-Piña (2010)
Reviewer: Acta Herpetologica, Acta Oecologica, Acta Zoologica Mexicana, American Midland Naturalist, Amphibia-Reptilia, Animal Biology, Animal Conservation, Applied Herpetology, Aquatic Ecology, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Asian Herpetological Research, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biologia, Biological Conservation, Biological Invasions, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biomarkers, Biopesticides International, BIOS, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Caribbean Journal of Science, Chemosphere, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Conservation Biology, Contemporary Herpetology, Copeia, Cuadernos de Herpetologia, Current Herpetology, Ecological Applications, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Écoscience, Ecotoxicology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Endangered Species Research, Environmental Management and Assessment, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Ethology, Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, Evolution, Fishes, Functional Ecology, Freshwater Biology, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Global Change Biology, Hamadryad, Herpetologica, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Herpetological Journal, Herpetological Natural History, Herpetological Review, Hydrobiologia, Integrative Zoology, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Insect Behavior, Journal of Natural History, Journal of North American Herpetology, Journal of Thermal Biology, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Journal of Zoology, Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, Marine & Freshwater Research, Northeastern Naturalist, Oecologia, Ohio Journal of Science, Oikos, PeerJ, Phyllomedusa, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Revista de Biologia Tropical, Salamandra, Science of the Total Environment, Southeastern Naturalist, Southwestern Naturalist, Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Western North American Naturalist, Wilson Journal, ZooKeys, Zoological Science, Zoological Studies, Zoologischer Anzeiger, Zoology and Ecology
Fellowships and Honors