Roger Birkhead Curador

Unido: 18.jun.2017 Última actividad: 30.oct.2020 Patrocinador mensual desde diciembre 2019

I have spent my entire life wandering around in the woods. I spent my formative years as an indentured field assistant to my dad who is an ichthyologist. Went to Berry College in Rome GA for my undergraduate degree and nearly became a botanist, but ultimately my love for turtles and snakes won out. I spent several years doing biological consulting work then became a field assistant at the Jones Ecological Research station in SW Georgia. I ended up doing my master's work there through Auburn University on seed dispersal by gopher tortoises. I made an attempt at a PhD but that ended up not being in the cards. I am currently an education/outreach specialist for a state science program for public high schools and am based at Auburn University. The fauna and flora of the southeastern US are my main interest areas but I enjoy all natural history. Box turtles and gopher tortoises are the taxa I am most interested in.

Selected publications:
Bradley T. Martin, Tyler K. Chafin, Marlis R. Douglas, John S. Placyk Jr., Roger D. Birkhead, Chris A. Phillips, Michael E. Douglas. 2020. Machine learning substantiates biologically meaningful species delimitations in the phylogenetically complex North American box turtle genus Terrapene. bioRxiv 2020.05.19.103598; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.19.103598

Bradley T. Martin, Marlis R. Douglas, Tyler K. Chafin, John S. Placyk Jr., Roger D. Birkhead, Chris A. Phillips, Michael E. Douglas. 2020. Contrasting signatures of introgression in North American box turtle (Terrapene spp.) contact zones Molecular Ecology. 2020;00:1–17.; doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15622

Martin, B. T., Bernstein, N. P., Birkhead, R. D., Koukl, J. F., Mussmann, S. M., & Placyk, J. S. 2013. Sequence-based molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of the American box turtles (Terrapene spp.) with support from DNA barcoding. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 68(1), 119-134.

Sean P Graham, David A Steen, Craig Guyer, Roger D Birkhead. 2012. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Tuskegee National Forest, Macon County, Alabama. Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. 29: 1-59.

Joshua R Ennen, Brian R Kreiser, Carl P Qualls, Daniel Gaillard, Matthew Aresco, Roger Birkhead, Tracey D Tuberville, Earl D McCoy, Henry Mushinsky, Thomas W'Bill' Hentges, and Aaron Schrey. 2012. Mitochondrial DNA Assessment of the Phylogeography of the Gopher Tortoise. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3 (1): 110-122.

Koons, D.N., R. D. Birkhead, S.M. Boback, M. I. Williams, and M.P. Greene. 2009. Survival and detection probability of Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) in an Alabama swamp: the effect of body size. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 4(2):221-235

Birkhead, R. D., C. Guyer, S. M. Hermann and W. K. Michener. 2005. Species composition and seasonal abundance of seeds ingested by gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in a southeastern pine savanna. The American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 154 (1): 143–151.

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