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  • Research

    Research in the Herpetology Lab focuses on the conservation, ecology, and physiology of reptiles and amphibians. Students, faculty, and staff often travel to collect data on species, such as the Diamondback Terrapin, going to locations including Kiawah, South Carolina, the Florida Everglades, among others.

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    Data collection in Kiawah, S.C.
  • Educational Outreach

    Public outreach is an important component of our research and most students in the Herpetology Lab have the opportunity to share their research findings with the general public, K-12 school groups, and other organizations. The Herpetology Lab also provides free lesson plans for use in the classroom.

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    Girl examines baby alligator during an educational visit to a local elementary school

Herpetology Lab

p: 704-894-2617

Mailing Address

Box 7118
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Herpetology Lab

Research in the Davidson College Herpetology Lab focuses on the conservation, ecology, and physiology of reptiles and amphibians. Funding for research comes from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, Davidson College, Duke Energy and Associated Colleges of the South.

Davidson places a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, and students in the Herpetology Lab develop research projects based on their interests. They assume primary roles in all aspects of their research, including developing specific questions and hypotheses, designing experiments, conducting field work, analyzing statistics, and writing manuscripts for publication. The college's Herpetology Lab research has resulted in more than 100 publications since 1998. We also regularly present results of our studies at regional, national and international meetings.

Public outreach is another very important component of our research and most students in the Herpetology Lab share their research findings with the general public, K-12 school groups and other organizations.

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