WELCOME: I'm an Assistant Professor of Biology at Coe College, where I work with undergraduates to learn how organisms and communities respond to change, both in the past and present. My research uses comparative approaches from diverse fields to study ecological and evolutionary processes in reptiles and amphibians. My research interests include chameleon evolution, neuroanatomy, and conservation; reproductive ecology in lizards and frogs; and urban ecology of snakes and turtles. Some of my research has been featured in the Washington Post, NBC Today, and VICE. Follow my Twitter or contact me for more info.

2018: Ph.D., EEB – University of Texas at El Paso
2013: M.Sc., Biology – Shippensburg University
2011: B.Sc., Zoology – Humboldt State University
2020–present: Assistant Professor – Coe College
2019–20: Post-doc – Carnegie Museum of Natural History
2018–19: Post-doc – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016–18: Adjunct Faculty – Excelsior University

Popular writings

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2020 Article:
How to Catch 310 Amphibians in 10 Days
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
2019 Article:
Managing the Threat from Below: Impacts of Invasive Fish on African Amphibians
African Conservation Telegraph
2019 Guest Editorial:
How Much Do We Really Know About Amphibian Conservation in Africa?
African Conservation Telegraph

Latest research

Trioceros conirostratus

2020 new paper: 


58: 284–302

2020 new paper: 

Forest Ecology and Management

458: 117809 

Daniel Hughes

2019 new paper: 

Northeastern Naturalist

26: 749–760

2019 new paper: 


107: 736–747

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