Tennessee colleges and universities that have herpetology classes or programs:

Austin Peay State University

Dr. Chris Ginger

Herpetologist, Professor of Biology

Austin Peay State University

Center for Field Biology

P. O. Box 4718

Clarksville, TN 37044

Phone: 931.221.7019

Email: fieldbiology@apsu.edu

Fax: 931.221.6372


BIOL 5610 Herpetology (4 credit hours)

Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

A study of the taxonomy, structure, reproduction, ecology, behavior and geographic distribution of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on the herpetofauna of the Southeastern United States.


Research Opportunities in Herpetology: Opportunities as a paid research assistant with the Center for Field Biology in Dr. Floyd Scott's lab are available to both undergraduate and graduate students at Austin Peay. More information can be found at the following web address: http://www.apsu.edu/field_biology/index.htm


Cumberland University

Freed-Hardeman University

Brian P. Butterfield, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Biology

Freed-Hardeman University

158 E. Main Street

Henderson, TN 38340-2399

Phone: 731-989-6954

Email: bbutterfield@fhu.edu


BIO 416, Herpetology (4 credit hours)

The morphology, systematics, behavior, ecology, and zoogeography of amphibians and reptiles, with emphasis on taxa from the southeastern U.S. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork per week.


Current Research Projects:

1. Distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Chester and McNairy Counties.

2. A survey of the amphibians and reptiles of the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.

3. The distribution of Hyla crucifer in west Tennessee.

4. The parasites of exotic lizards in Florida.

5. The community ecology of the turtles of Wekiwa Springs State Park, Florida.

Research Opportunities: FHU offers undergraduate research stipends through the School of Science and Mathematics Research Center. Several students are working on herpetological related projects through the center.

Lincoln Memorial University 

John Copeland, PhD

Professor of Biology

Math and Natural Science

Lincoln Memorial University

Email: john.copeland@lmunet.edu

Phone: 423-869-6225


Lincoln Memorial University offers an undergraduate course in herpetology.  WDLF 340 Herpetology: Classification, distribution, natural history, anatomy and physiology, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles, with emphasis on local species.


LMU requires all undergraduates to complete a biological research project before they graduate.  I have had a number of students involved with herp projects. I presently have one student, Russel Stock, working on a herp survey in Claiborne county, TN.

Maryville College

Middle Tennessee State University


Vincent Cobb, Ph.D.

Department of Biology

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN 37132

(615) 898-2059

Email: vcobb@mtsu.edu

Personal web page: http://www.mtsu.edu/~vcobb

Research focuses on the thermal ecology and natural history of reptiles, particularly snakes and turtles. Most research is field-oriented.

Recent Graduate Student Research:

J. Jeffrey Green (M.S. 2005) Thermal ecology of the racer

Chad Hanna (M.S. 2005) Effect of temperature on nest-site selection in the green lynx spider

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Gordon M. Burghardt, Ph.D.

Distinguished Service Professor

Department of Psychology

The University of Tennessee

303D Austin Peay Bldg.


Email: gburghar@utk.edu

Personal web page: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/burghardt.asp



Research in the Burghardt lab focuses on, in part, the relationship between genetics and early environments in the development of behavior patterns and sensory processes.


CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS: (including student and collaborative efforts)

1. Comparative ontogeny of predation, defense, sociality, and play.

2. Behavior, phylogeny, and speciation in Natricine snakes.

3. Intraspecific behavioral and genetic variation.

4. Heritability of learning and multiple paternity.

5. Behavior of two-headed ringneck snake.



Marguerite Butler, PhD.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The University of Tennessee

569 Dabney Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996-1610



 Email: mabutler@utk.edu

Personal web page: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/butler.asp


Major research areas: evolutionary ecology of lizards and damselflies, sexual dimorphism, adaptive radiation


My research questions are centered on two themes: 1) adaptive evolution, or how environmental variation produces diversity among species, and 2) sexual variation, particularly the evolutionary and ecological factors involved when sexes show different patterns of adaptation.



Arthur C. (Sandy) Echternacht, Ph.D.

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1610

(865) 974-3065 (Voice)

(865) 974-3067 (FAX)

Email: echterna@utk.edu

Personal web page: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/echternacht.asp

Research emphasizes field and laboratory investigations of 1) geographic variation in the reproductive biology, ecology, genetics, and behavior of the lizard Anolis carolinensis (the green anole), and 2) interactions between invading species, as exemplified by A. sagrei (the brown, or Cuban, anole) and native congeners, exemplified by A. carolinensis in Florida and A. conspersus (the Grand Cayman blue-throated anole) on Grand Cayman Island, and 3) the ecology of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura nubila lewisi).

Recent Related Graduate Student Research:

James J. Minesky (Ph.D., December 1998) has completed an extensive investigation of habitat use by a population of A. carolinensis along the Little Tennessee River in east Tennessee. David C. Bishop (M.S. December 2000) completed a study of the winter ecology and behavior of A. carolinensis at the same study site utilized by Jim Minesky.



Matthew J. Gray, Ph.D.

Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

University of Tennessee

247 Ellington Plant Sciences Building

Knoxville, TN 37996-4563

865.974.2740 [ofc]                

Email: mattjgray@utk.edu

865.974.4714 [fax]              

 Personal web page: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/mgray.htm


At the undergraduate level, I teach Wetland Ecology (http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/wfs340/340home.htm), and I am instructing a new graduate level course in Amphibian Biology and Conservation during spring semester 2007.

My lab website is http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/WetlandLab/Gray.mht .

I currently have 2 graduate students (Liz Burton and Chandler Schmutzer) doing amphibian research on the Cumberland Plateau (please see http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/WetlandLab/Burton.mht and http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/WetlandLab/Schmutzer.mht).  


Neil Greenberg, Ph.D.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Faculty, Graduate Program in Ethology

The University of Tennessee

F241 Walters Life Science Building

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

(865)974-3599 voicemail

(865)974-2371 (Department office)

(865)974-8177 (UniStudies office)

(865)974-2665 FAX

Email: ngreenbe@utk.edu

 Personal web page: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/greenberg.asp

I take special interest in the physiological and evolutionary ethology of aggressive and reproductive behavior and its role in the regulation of social organization. In particular, the manner in which neuroendocrine integration of physiological stress-sensitive autonomic reflexes and fragments of motor patterns become elaborated and progressively brought under the control of external stimuli and higher neural centers. The physiological causes and consequences of social interactions. The role of physiological stress in the evolution and expression of complex behavior.