Dr. Lee A. Fitzgerald
Professor; Chief Curator – Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections (BRTC)
PhD 1993, University of New Mexico
Research Focus: Evolutionary ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles
B.A. 2011, Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Research Focus: Landscape ecology of human-elephant conflict in northern Botswana, focusing on connectivity
B.S. 2011, Cornell University, Natural and Environmental Sciences
Research Focus: Effects of road networks on reptiles and amphibians in insular systems, specifically Taiwan and Australia
B.S. 2006, Purdue University
Research Focus: Ecological restoration of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) in west Texas
B.S. 2008, Western New Mexico University, Forestry & Wildlife
M.A.T. 2010, Western New Mexico University, Secondary Education
Research Focus: Effects of fragmentation on population dynamics of lizards
- Dr. Felix B. Cruz CONICET Investigator, National University, Bariloche, Argentina
- Dr. Gabriela Perotti CONICET Investigator, National University, Bariloche, Argentina
Former Research Associate:
- Laura R. Laurencio, Research Assistant and ABS webmaster, Texas A&M University
Former Graduate Students:
- Dr. Nicole Angeli (Ph.D. 2017)
Currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the USGS Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Auburn University (website)
- Dr. Chris Schalk (Ph.D. 2016)
Currently Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (website)
- Dr. Mike Treglia (M.S. 2010; Ph.D. 2014)
Thesis Title: A Translocated Population of the St. Croix Ground Lizard: Analyzing its Detection Probability and Investigating Its Impacts on the Local Prey Base
Dissertation Title: Multi-Scale Conservation in an Altered Landscape: The Case of the Endangered Arroyo Toad in Southern California
Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Tulsa, with Dr. Ron Bonett
- Dr. Nicole Smolensky (M.S. 2008; Ph.D. 2014)
Thesis Title: Population Estimation and Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Dune-dwelling Lizards
Dissertation Title: Biodiversity Conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of the African Dwarf Crocodiles (Osteolaemus spp.)
Currently working as Adjunct Faculty at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas
- Mike Hill
Currently working for Hawks Aloft, Inc. as a GIS Specialist and Biologist.
- Rosa Leny Cuellar
Currently: Director, Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
- Dr. Daniel J. Leavitt (Ph.D. 2012)
- Thesis Title: Ecological consequences of landscape fragmentation on the lizard community of the Mescalero-Monahans Shinnery Sands
Currently working as Wildlife Specialist at the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
- Drew Dittmer (M.S. 2012)
Thesis Title: Sexual Dimorphism in Sceloporus undulatus complex
Currently PhD Student at University of Newcastle studying the community ecology of culturally important water holes in Uluru Kata-Tjtuta National Park.
- Heather Prestridge (M.S. 2009)
Thesis Title: Amphibian and Reptile Trade in Texas: Current Status and Trends
Currently working as Assistant Curator at the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection at Texas A&M University.
- Amanda Subalusky (M.S. 2007)
Thesis Title: The role of seasonal wetlands in the ecology of the American alligator
Currently in doctoral program at Yale University studying under Dr. David M. Post.
- David Laurencio (M.S. 2007)
Thesis Title: Environmental correlates to amphibian and reptile diversity in Costa Rica
Currently in doctoral program at Auburn University studying under Dr. Craig Guyer. (website)
- Dr. David Henderson (M.S. 2006) – Non-thesis
Paper Title: An Introduction to the Mescalero Sands Ecosystem
Currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Carolina University (website)
- Dr. Gage Dayton (M.S. 2001; Ph.D. 2005)
Dissertation Title: Community assembly of xeric-adapted anurans at multiple spatial scales
Thesis Title: Abiotic and biotic factors affecting nonrandom distributions of Chihuahuan Desert Anurans
Currently working as administrative director of the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserve System.
- Dr. Dan Saenz (Ph.D. 2004)
Dissertation Title: Ecological correlates of anuran breeding activity and community structure
Currently working for the U.S. Forest Service as a Research Wildlife Biologist
- Margarita Mieres (M.S. 2002)
Thesis Title: Monitoring and managing the harvest of tegu lizards in Paraguay
Currently in doctoral program at Texas A&M University studying under Dr. William Grant.
- Dr. Wade Ryberg (M.S. 2002)
Thesis Title: Genetic relationships of American alligator populations distributed across different ecological and geographic scales
Currently working as a postdoctoral research associate in this lab.
- Claudia Ceballos (M.S. 2001)
Thesis Title: Native and exotic freshwater turtle and tortoise trade in Texas
Currently in doctoral program at Iowa State University under Dr. Nicole Valenzuela. (website)
- Rossy Montaño (Licenciatura 2001: Santa Cruz University, Bolivia)
Currently Biologist at Wildlife Conservation Society-Bolivia and Curator of Herpetology at Museo de Historia Natural Noell Kempf Mercado, Santa Cruz Bolivia.
- Dr. Toby Hibbitts (M.S. 2000)
Thesis Title: Morphological and ecological convergence in two natricine snakes
Currently Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection at Texas A&M University. (website)
- Ryan E. Nelson (M.S. 1999)
Thesis Title: Habitat selection and thermal biology of a large aquatic ectotherm, the alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii)
- Dr. Laura E. Vega, (PhD 1999, Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Currently Vertebrate Lab Coordinator at Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata, Argentina.
- Christina Morales, (M.S. 1996, UNELLEZ, Venezuela)
Currently Minister of Environment (Secretaria del Medioambiente), Paraguay.