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Dr. Christopher L. Parkinson

Principal Investigator

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Current Positions:

  • Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences & Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University

Previous Positions:

  • Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Central Florida (UCF)

  • Special Assistant to the Provost on Faculty Cluster Initiatives, UCF

  • Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Office of Research and Commercialization, UCF

  • Provosts Faculty Fellow, Academic Affairs, UCF

  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, UCF

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, UCF

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Section of Amphibians and Reptiles, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biology, Indiana University

  • Ph.D., University of Louisville, Environmental Biology, 1996.

  • B.S. and B.S., Ohio University, Wildlife Biology and Field Botany, 1990.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Edward A. Myers

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Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Students

I’m an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist, my research addresses questions in comparative population genomics and diversification of snakes by integrating genomic, morphological, and spatial data. Broadly my work is focused on understanding the processes that generate genomic diversity and initiate population structure as well as better understanding the evolution of reptiles. In the Parkinson Lab I will be reconstructing biogeographic history and assessing patterns of community assembly within New World viperids and using comparative genomics to understand trait evolution.

Ramses Rosales

Ph.D. Student

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Coming soon!

M.S. Students

M.S. Students

Tucker Heptinstall
M.S. Student


On a broad scale, my interests lie in the conservation, ecology, and evolution of reptiles. I am interested in using ecological and population genomics and bioinformatics to broaden the horizons of conservation ecology and evolution. My research here is exploring the evolution of garter snake venom and its relationship with ecological traits.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

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