Richard Seigel



Contact Information

Smith Hall, Room No. 319A


BS in Zoology & Physiology, Rutgers University, 1976
MS in Biological Sciences, University of Central Florida, 1979
Ph.D in Systematics & Ecology, University of Kansas, 1984
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, 1984-1987

Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles

Research Interests

My basic research philosophy is that one cannot be a good conservation biologist without first being a strong population ecologist, and, conversely, that an interest in conservation biology is a ethical requirement of anyone calling themselves a population ecologist. Thus, research in my lab is oriented in two main directions; studies on the population ecology of amphibians and reptiles (using both field and experimental approaches) and studies on the conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles, which is almost exclusively field-oriented. My selection and recruitment of graduate students follows these approaches; of the 35 students I have mentored to date, about half have focused on population ecology and half on conservation biology. Students interested in either aspect of herpetology are welcome to apply to work in my lab.

Recent Publications

Maerz, J. C., R. A. Seigel, and B. A. Crawford. In press. Terrapin conservation in terrestrial habitats: Mitigating habitat loss, road mortality, and subsidized predators. In: W. Roosenburg and V. Kennedy (editors): Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Seigel, R. A. In press. Data collection and storage. In: C. K. Dodd, Jr. (editor): Reptile Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Oxford University Press.

Durso, A. M. and R. A. Seigel. 2015. A snake in the hand is worth 10,000 in the bush. Journal of Herpetology (in press).

Ford, N. B. and R. A. Seigel. 2014. The influence of female body size and shape on the trade- off between offspring number and offspring size in two viviparous snakes. Journal of Zoology 296:154-158.

Farnsworth, S. D and R. A. Seigel. 2013. Responses, movements, and survival of relocated Box Turtles during the construction of the Inter-County Connector Highway in Maryland. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2362:1-8


Courses Taught

  • Spring: BIOL 120 Principles of Biology
  • Spring: BIOL 444 Wildlife Biology