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Michael E. Dorcas

Associate Professor
Davidson College
Davidson, NC
midorcas(at)davidson.edu

Mike Dorcas is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and a visiting researcher at SREL. He received a B.S. (1986) and M.S. (1990) from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 1995. Mike has received numerous awards, including the Senior Research Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists in 2007. Mikeís research program focuses on the physiology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. His research program is interdisciplinary in nature and relies heavily on collaboration with students. Mike has published several book chapters and over 85 articles on the biology of amphibians and reptiles, the most recent of which include students as coauthors. He is involved in numerous research projects including studies of invasive Burmese pythons in Florida and the ecology and conservation of diamondback terrapins in South Carolina. Much of his research around Davidson focuses on the effects of urbanization on amphibians and reptiles. His recent books include Frogs and Toads of the Southeast and Snakes of the Southeast, University of Georgia Press.