Colleen Winters

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Smith Hall, Room No. 215A


Areas of Expertise

Population Genetics


Current projects include analyzing genetic structure of terrestrial snail, Ventridens ligera, population in the Potomac River basin to determine the effect of flow on genetic diversity and a morphological/genetic study of Ventridens species.


Winters, C. 2014. Upstream or downstream? Land snail, Ventridens ligera (Say, 1821) population structure in the Potomac River drainage basin. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 80:280-285.

Sinclair, C.S., Dawes, P.J., and Seigel, R.A. 2010. Genetic structuring of Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) populations on the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5:189-195.

Sinclair, C. S. 2010. Surfing snails: Population genetics of land snail, Ventridens ligera(Stylommatophora: Zonitidae), in the Potomac Gorge. American Malacological Bulletin 28:105-112.

Dawes, P. J., Sinclair, C. S., & Seigel, R. A. 2008. Use of traditional turtle marking to obtain DNA for population studies. Herpetological Review 39:190-191.

Courses Taught

  • Spring: BIOL 221 Human Anat-Phys I