WELCOME: I'm an Assistant Professor of Biology at Coe College, where I work with undergraduates to study how organisms and communities respond to environmental change. My research employs multiple

comparative approaches to better understand ecological and evolutionary processes in reptiles and amphibians. My research interests include African chameleon evolution, neuroanatomy, and conservation; reproductive variation in North American lizards and frogs; and urban ecology of snakes and turtles in modified habitats. Some of my previous research has been featured in the Washington Post, NBC Today, and VICE. Follow me on social media or contact me with questions directly.

2018: Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – University of Texas at El Paso
2013: M.Sc., Biology – Shippensburg University
2011: B.Sc., Zoology – Humboldt State University
2020–present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Coe College
2019–2020: Post-doc, Herpetology Section, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
2018–2019: Post-doc, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
2016–2018: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Natural Sciences, Excelsior College

Popular writings

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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