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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

Ph.D. Students

Dr. Edward A. Myers

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Ph.D. Students

Ramses Rosales

Ph.D. Student

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My research interest lies in the evolution of traits in pit vipers. Currently, my focus is on using genomic and transcriptomic data and bioinformatics to ask questions about how the toxins evolve between and within pitviper species. I’m also interested in the natural history, ecology and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles in general.

John Henry Fowler
Ph.D. Student

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I am interested in many aspects of reptile evolution, ecology, and behavior. These include venom composition, predator-prey relationships, and the exploitation of ecological niches. Specifically, I am interested in researching prey-specific venom adaptation and the possibility of an ensuing evolutionary arms race between predator and prey species.  

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M.S. Students

Diego Quirola
Ph.D. Student

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Coming soon!

Matt McTernan
Ph.D. Student

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Coming soon!

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

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