Environmental Physiology of Reptiles: Current Research and Future Directions

Presenter: 
Dr. Scott Parker, Associate Professor of Biology (CCU)
Event Location: 
BCCMWS 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Abstract

The biological discipline of environmental animal physiology seeks to understand how animals respond physiologically to changes in their environment as well as how physiological characteristics influence animal abundance and distribution across the landscape. Research in my lab focuses broadly on environmental physiology of reptiles, especially reproductive physiology of lizards, snakes, and turtles. Reptiles are excellent subjects for studies in environmental physiology because they exist in a wide range of environments and often flourish in extremely harsh conditions (e.g. heat, dryness, salinity), which would pose physiological challenges to many other types of animals. The three focal areas of research currently being pursued in my lab are 1) interactive effects of temperature and oxygen on embryonic developmental processes, 2) ecology and reproductive biology of diamondback terrapin, and 3) spatial ecology and habitat use of copperhead snakes.

Speaker Information

Dr. Scott Parker is an Associate Professor in Biology at Coastal Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006

More information about him and his work can be found here