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.
Maerz, J. C., R. A. Seigel, and B. A. Crawford. 2019. 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.
Martin, S. A. R. M. Rautsaw, M. R. Bolt, C. L. Parkinson, and R. A. Seigel. 2018.
Estimating the response of wildlife communities to coastal dune construction. Ocean
and Coastal Management 161:31-36.
Howell, H. J. and R. A. Seigel. 2018. An examination of the accuracy of using plastral
scute rings to age spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata). Chelonian Conservation Biology 17:104-108.
Byer, N. W., B. N. Reid, R. A. Seigel, and M. Z. Peery. 2018. Applying lessons from
avian ecology to herpetological research: Techniques for analyzing nest survival due
to predation. Herpetological Conservation 13:517–532.
Byer, N. W., S. A. Smith, and R. A. Seigel. 2018. Microgeographic variation in Bog
Turtle nesting ecology. Journal of Herpetology 52:228-233.
Rautsaw, R. M. S. A. Martin, K. Lanctot, B. A. Vincent, M. R. Bolt, R. A. Seigel,
and C. L. Parkinson. 2018. On the road again: Assessing the use of roadsides as wildlife
corridors for Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Journal of Herpetology 52: 136–144.
Rautsaw, R. M., S. A. Martin, B. A. Vincent, K. Lanctot, M. R. Bolt, R. A. Seigel,
and C. L Parkinson. 2018. Stopped dead in their tracks: the impact of railways on
Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polypemus) movement and behavior. Copeia 106:135-143.
Cain, P. W., M. D. Cross, and R. A. Seigel. 2017. Field data and stakeholders: Regulating
the commercial harvest of snapping turtles in Maryland. Chelonian Conservation and
Martin, S. A., R. R. M. Rautsaw, F. Robb, R. Bolt, C. Parkinson, and R. A. Seigel.
2017. Set AHDriFT: Applying game cameras to drift fences for surveying herpetofauna
and small mammals. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:804-809.
Seigel, R. A., W. Saffell, C. Patterson, B. Durkin, S. Martin, M. Lawrance and A.
Savage. 2017. Compensatory Damages: Wetland creation could lead to the spread of disease.
Roads and Bridges 2017: 24-29. (not peer-reviewed).
Martin, S. A., R. M. Rautsaw, R. Bolt, C. L. Parkinson, and R. A. Seigel. 2017. Adapting
coastal management to climate change: Mitigating our shrinking shorelines. Journal
of Wildlife Management 81:982-989
Byer, N. W., S. A. Smith, and R. A. Seigel. 2017. Effects of site, year, and estimator
choice on home ranges of Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) in Maryland. Journal of Herpetology 51:68-72.
Seigel, R. A. 2016. The future of publishing herpetological research: peer review,
‘‘pre-publications’’, and openness and transparency of data. Journal of Herpetology
Howell, H. J., D. T. McKnight, and R. A. Seigel. 2016. A novel method of collecting
Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata). Herpetological Review 47:202-205