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Rod N Williams

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Wildlife Science
FORS Room 101
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Rod Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.  He received his B.S. in Wildlife Science in 1996, his M.S. in Conservation Genetics in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics in 2007 from Purdue University.  Before joining the faculty in 2008, he served as the vertebrate curator and coordinator of laboratory instruction for eight years.  During that time he managed the vertebrate teaching collection, taught five courses related to ecology and systematics of vertebrates, and co-authored two field guides: the Salamanders of Indiana and the Turtles of Indiana.

Rod is broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.  His research interests focus on using a combination of field and laboratory methods to: 1) investigate habitat selection and use in both aquatic and terrestrial systems, 2) characterize amphibian and reptile mating systems, 3) examine the factors influencing amphibian malformations, and 4) measure population structure and inbreeding in threatened or endangered herpetofaunal species.  At present, his lab is involved with projects that include an investigation of population size, movement, and habitat use of endangered hellbenders in Indiana; examining the food habits, genetic diversity and population structure of eastern hellbenders; developing baseline hematological and blood chemistry panels for aquatic salamanders; and studying the effects of timber harvests on terrestrial salamanders.

View Help the Hellbender, educational/resource web site.

Dr. Rod Williams's Herpetology and Conservation website

Research Group - Wildlife ScienceFisheries and Aquatic SciencesGenetics

Facilities - Animal Care FacilityAquatic Ecology Research LabGenetics Lab

Related Centers - The Nature of Teaching, Everything Wildlife, Center for the Environment, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability

Purdue Extension FNR Extension

Awards & Honors

(2018) Purdue Book of Great Teachers. Purdue University.

(2016) PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award. Purdue University College of Agriculture.

(2014) Purdue University Scholarship of Engagement Fellow. Purdue Univeristy.

(2014) Richard L Kohls Outstanding Early Career Award. Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2013) Exemplary Faculty Service Award. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2013) Richard L Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Selected Publications

Cordes, R., Chapman, R., & Williams, R. N. (2016). Wildlife Habitat Education Program: Wildlife Identification Guide. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, (FNR-515-W), 102.

Mullendore, N., Saylor Mase, A., Mulvaney, K., Perry-Hill, R., Reimer, A., Behbehani, L., . . . Prokopy, L. (2014). Conserving the eastern hellbender salamander. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19, 166-178.

MacGowan, B., Hoverman, J. T., Burgmeier, N. G., & Walker, Z. (2017). Frogs and Toads of Indiana. 50.

MacNeil, J., & Williams, R. (2014). Effects of timber harvests and silvicultural edges on terrestrial salamanders. PLoS ONE, DOI:10.1371.

Currylow, A., Johnson, A., & Williams, R. (2014). Evidence of ranavirus infections among sympatric larval amphibians and boxt turtles. Journal of herpetology, 48(1), 117-121.

Kimble, S. A., Rhodes, O., & Williams, R. (2014). Relatedness and other finescale population genetic analyses in threatened eastern box turtle suggest unexpectly high vagility with importan conservation implications. Conservation Genetics, 15, 967-979.

LaGrange, S., Kimble, S. A., MacGowan, B., & Williams, R. (2014). Seasonal variance in hamatology and blood plasma chemistry values of the timber rattlesnake. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 50(4), 990-993.

Prokopy, L., Williams, R., Bowling, L., & Thompson, A. (2014). Service learning in natural resoucres classes: measuring impacts on university students. North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture, 14-Sep.

Kimble, S. A., Rhodes, O., & Williams, R. (2014). Unexpectedly low rangewide population genetic structure of the imperilied eastern box turtle Terrapene carolina. PLoS ONE, 9.

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