Bowling Green State University
Eileen M. Underwood, Biological Sciences, BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, 419-372-2531
9/2006: Currently at BGSU there are multiple courses relating to herpetology. Undergraduate courses include: herpetoculture, reptile husbandry, amphibian husbandry, and readings (independent study) in herpetoculture. Beyond course work there is a sizeable herpetology lab run by Dr. Underwood that includes multiple genetics projects in snakes, geckos and lizards. The lab, which is staffed entirely by undergraduate and graduate volunteers, does hands-on research along with public demonstrations for schools and other organizations. (J. Shipman)
Colorado State University
Gary C. Packard, Dept of Biology, CSU, Ft Collins CO 80523, 303-491-5376
Courses: 1 undergrad, 0 grad, offered spring semester, alternate years
Master's degree and PhD available.
Undergrads can pursue research in herpetology as I.S. with the approval of a faculty sponsor/adviser. Students concentrating in herps generally have interests in the ecological physiology of amphib and/or reps. Herp Faculty: Gary C. Packard, C. Richard Tracy
Dr. Kraig Adler, Dept of Biology, 410 Thurston Ave, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14850
1 grad, 1 undergrad (same course), alternate years.
Undergrads can pursue herp research with special arrangements with individual professors. Herp Faculty: Kraig Adler, Antonie Blackler, Howard Evans, George Kollias
MA, PhD. Herp faculty includes: John Iverson
Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Paul Cupp, Jr., Dept of Biology, EKU, Richmond KY 40475-3124
1 grad, 1 undergrad, alternate springs
MS in Biology; no concentration in herpetology as committee determines coursework
Undergrads can pursue herp research as a special problems course. Herp Faculty: Paul Cupp Jr.
Emporia State University
R. Brent Thomas, Interim Chair, Dept. of Biol. Sci, ESU, Emporia, KS
MS in Biology with a herp concentration.
Georgia State University
Master's degree and PhD available.
Undergrads can pursue herp research with special arrangements with individual professors. Although the Univ offers no specific herp courses, herps are covered in the Animal Biology (BIOL3840), Animal Biology Lab (BIOL3850), and Zoo Biology (BIOL4104) courses offered through the Department of Biology. Herps may also be part of zoo internships (BIOL4911/4912) by special arrangement.
Herp Faculty include: Walt Wilczynski (Psychology)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dept of Biol, Cambridge MA 02138
1 undergrad; 1 grad (annually)
PhD with concentration in herps
Undergrads can pursue herp research with permission of faculty. Herp faculty: John E. Cadle.
Indiana State University
Dept of Ecology & Organismal Biology
Terre Haute, IN 47809
1 undergrad/grad course in herpetology; Masters and PhD programs available. Undergrads and grads can pursue research in herps with a faculty mentor. Herp Faculty: Drs. MJ Angilletta, GS Bakken, and DK Hews
John Carroll University
Dept of Biology, University Heights OH 44118
M.S. Biology, no concentration in Herpetology but undergraduates and graduates students often pursue research in herpetology. Herpetology (BL421/521) offered at the senior undergrad and graduate level. Herpetology faculty: Carl Anthony, behavioral ecology of herps; Chris Sheil, Developmental biology, ecology and systematics of turtles and frogs.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda CA
MS and PhD. Herp faculty includes: William Hayes
Louisiana State University
Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
1 undergrad (every other year), 1 grad (every year).
Undergrads can pursue herp research with permission of faculty; no specific area of concentration.
Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Biology, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. 615-898-2847
M.S. in Biology. Both undergraduate and graduate research. Herp Faculty: Vince Cobb (snake ecology, natural history of herps, thermoregulation); Brian Miller; Matt Klukowski.
Michigan State University
Zoology Dept, 203 Natural Sciences Bldg MSU, East Lansing MI 48824
1 grad offered odd-numbered years. Masters & PhD available.
Undergrads can pursue herp research via independent study with faculty. Herp Faculty: J. Alan Holman
Missouri State University (formerly Southwestern Missouri State)
Department of Biology, 901 South National, Springfield, MO 65897
MS program. This is perfect for someone that wishes to pursue a masters because there is no competition with PhD students. Everything is geared toward masters-level research, from courses and field training to final testing and manuscript preparation. Faculty include: Don Moll (soon Emeriti)- a well known turlte ecologist; Alicia Mathis- a well known behavioral and amphibian biologist; Brian Greene- teaches herpetology course to grads and undergrads and an expert on snakes ecology and biology; Day Ligon- physiologist studies reptiles, specializing in turtles; - Robert Wilkinson (Emeritus but still around)- an amphibian expert and one of the founders of hellbender conservation; Lynn Robbins- wildlife studies.
Graduate Committee Secretary, Dept. of Biol. Sci., Ohio University, Athens OH 45701-2939, 614-593-2334 (FAX 0300)
M.S. and Ph.D - functional morphology, vertebrate paleontology, molecular systematics, population and community ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy and biogeography, etc. Herp Faculty: Scott Moody, classical systematics and comparative morphology of all herps, as well as lizard paleontology and biogeography; Steve Reilly, functional morphology and systematics of salamanders, lizards, etc.; Don Miles, ecology, statistics, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, comparative evolutionary studies, primarily of lizards; Willem Roosenburg, population biology, ecology, evolution, conservation biology, primarily of turtles; Matt White, molecular systematics (electrophoresis) of all herps, conservation biol.; Brent Palmer, reproductive endocrinology, physiology and anatomy of all reptiles and amphibians, studies of pesticide disruption of reproduction; Larry Witmer, paleontology and functional morphology of archosaurs; Jim Barron, population biology and ecology of reptiles.
Pennsylvania State University
William Dunson, S. Blair Hedges, Dept of Biol, 201 Shields Bldg, Box 3000, University Park PA 16802
1 undergrad, 0 grad, offered irregularly
Undergrads can pursue herp research; there is no herp concentration. Herp Faculty: William Dunson, S. Blair Hedges
Dr. David R. Long, Dept of Biol, Shippensburg PA 17257
1 dual level grad/undergrad offered alternate summers; Master's available
Undergrads can pursue herp research if they are junior level and at least 2.5 GPA. Herp Faculty: David long, Ruthann Pitkin, Fred Howard
Southern Illinois University
Dr. Ronald A. Brandon, Dept of Zoology, Carbondale IL 62901-6501
1 dual level undergrad/grad, 1 grad seminar, offered fall alternate years
Undergrads with GPA 2.5+ can pursue research in herps. MS an PhD in Zoology with research emphasis in herpetology. Herp Faculty: Ronald Brandon
University of California, Davis
Section of Evolution & Ecology, UCD, Davis CA 95161-8755
Courses: 1 undergrad, 0 grad, offered alternate years
Undergrads can pursue research in herpetology, but the Univ of Calif does not offer any graduate degrees with a concentration in herpetology. Herp Faculty: H. Bradley Shaffer
University of California/Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA
MS and PhD. Herp faculty includes: Kenneth Nagy
James Hanken, Dept of Biology, Campus Box 30, UCB, Boulder CO 80309-0030
Courses: 2 undergrad, 1 grad, offered annually
Master's and PhD available.
Undergrads interested in herp research have a variety of options: I.R. Honors project or undergrad opportunities program. Herp faculty: James Hanken, David Chiszar, David Norris, Cynthia Carey, Hobart Smith, Richard Jones, Gregory Snyder, Jeffry Mitton
University of Florida
Gainesville FL Herpetology Program
University of Georgia
Joshua Laerm, Museum of Natural History, Athens GA 30602
1 undergrad/grad (ECL 404/604)
Ph.D available in Ecology.
At this time, only grads can pursue research in herps. Associated with Savannah River Ecology Lab near Aiken, South Carolina. All herp courses through the Dept of Ecology. Herp Faculty: John Avise, Brian Chapman, Justin Congdon, Nat Frazer, J. Whitfield Gibbons, Chester Karwoski, Joshua Laerm, Jim Richardson, Robert J. Warren.
University of Kansas
Dr. William Duellman, Museum of Natural History, Lawrence KS 66045-2454
2 undergrad, 3 grad MS and PhD in Systematics and Ecology; PhD in Natural History Collection Mangement/Museum Studies.
Undergrad can pursue herp research with permission of faculty. Qualified upper level undergrads may take two grad level courses (Amphib Biol, Reptile Biol) with permission from instructor; third course is grad seminar. Occasional special topics offered relating to herps. Herp Faculty: William Duellman, Linda Trueb, Sally Frost-Mason, Henry Fitch (emeritus but still active in special projects), Joseph Collins (staff member at museum).
University of Massachusetts
Penny Jaques, Manager, Oranismic & Evolutionary Biol, Morrill Science Center, Amherst MA 01003-0027
3 undergrad, 3 grad; herpetology offered alternate years
Masters & PhD in O & E Biology.
Undergrads can pursue herp research with permission of faculty. Herp Faculty: William Bemis, Elizabeth Brainerd, Douglas Smith
University of Miami
Profs. Lee & Savage, Dept of Biology, POB 248025, Coral Gables FL 33124
1 undergrad, 2 grad, alternate years
Master's and Ph.D available.
Undergrads can pursue research in herpetology with the permission of a professor. Herp Faculty:Julian Lee, Jay Savage, Marueen Donnelly
University of Michigan
Drs. Kluge, Nussbaum & Gans ,1220 Student Activities Bldg, Ann Arbor MI 48109
1 grad, 1 undergrad, offered annually
Masters & PhD available.
Undergrads can pursue herp research if supervised by fac advisor. Herp faculty: Arnold Kluge, Ronald Nussbaum, Carl Gans
University of Missouri/Columbia
Graduate Coordinator, 218 Tucker Hall, Div of Biology Sciences, Columbia MO 65211
1 undergrad, 0 grad, offered annually.
Does not provide a herp degree per se, but provides research opportunities in behavior, ecology, genetics and evolution using amphibs as model systems. Herp Faculty: Carl Gerhardt, Richard Sage, Raymond Semlitsch
Univeristy of Nebraska
James D. Fawcett, Dept of Biology, Omaha NE 68182
1 undergrad, 1 grad, alternate years; Masters available.
Undergrads can pursue herp research under Supervised Research and Directed Readings. Herp Faculty: James Fawcett
University of Tennessee
Dr. A.C. Echternacht, Dept of Zool, Knoxville TN 37996-0810
1 dual level grad/undergrad offered alternate fall semesters; Master's & PhD available
Undergrads can pursue herp research if they are junior level and have had basic core biol courses. Herp Faculty: AC Echternach, GM Burghardt, N Greeberg
University of Texas/Arlington
Dr. J.A. Campbell, Dept of Biol, POB 19088, Arlington TX 76019-0088
0 undergrad, 2 grad, annually; Masters & PhD available.
Undergrads can pursue herp research if supervised by faculty advisor and also graduate thesis for MS degree. Herp Faculty: Jonathan A. Campbell, Eric N. Smith. More info: UTA Herpetology.
University of Washington
R.B. Huey, Dept of Zool, Seattle WA 98185
0 undergrad, 0 grad; PhD available
Although the Univ offers no specific herp courses, herps are covered in two vertebrate biol courses. Undergrads can pursue independent research in herps. PhD possible if student does research in herps.
University of Wisconsin/Madison
Pam Henderson, Grad Sec'y, 145 Noland Hall, 250 N. Mills St, Madison WI 53706
0 grad/under grad; Masters & PhD available
Although the Univ offers no specific herp courses, students can pursue reseach in herps as part of the Masters and Ph.D program. Herp Faculty: Warren Porter
Utah State University
Logan UT 84322, 435-797-1000
Joe Mendelson; Dan Mulcahy.
Washington State University
Drs. Kenneth Kardong & Paul Verrell, Dept of Zool, Pullman WA 99164-4236
1 undergrad, 1 grad, alternate years; Masters & PhD available
Undergrads can pursue herp research under a Special Programs course. Herp Faculty: Kenneth Kardon, Paul Verrell.