Latest News

Jan 2017
Paper Published - Indirect effects of pythons on turtle nesting success - Journal of Applied Ecology.

Jan 2017
Ethan Royal joins the lab to work on upland herp communities in the Gulf Coastal Plain! Welcome Ethan!

May 2016
Phil Vogrinc successfully defends his Masters Thesis on the effects of drought on aquatic snakes - Great Work Phil!

Mar 2016
Clint wins poster award at Arkansas Academy of Sciences - Nice Job Clint!

Meredith Awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study tropical lizard declines - Congrats Meredith!

Dec 2015
Paper Published - Role of Aquatic Snakes as Predators - Journal of Zoology.

November 2015
Chelsea's work on Crawfish Frogs wins best poster award at Kansas Herpetological Society meeting - Great work Chelsea!.

September 2015
Salamander Research Featured in UArk Research Frontiers.

June 2015
Prairie Restoration Research Featured in UArk Research Frontiers.

Dr. John (J.D.) Willson
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Office: SCEN 630
Phone: 479-575-2647



Department of Biological Sciences

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Group

  Willson Lab  






Research in our lab focuses on understanding factors that drive population and community dynamics of reptiles and amphibians including inter- and intra-specific interactions, environmental variation, and anthropogenic impacts such as habitat alteration, pollution, and invasive species. Our work uses a combination of descriptive, experimental, and theoretical approaches to integrate responses from the level of the individual organism to the landscape. Although much of our work is very applied, we are also shedding light on many basic questions in ecology and especially on aspects of reptiles and amphibian biology that set them apart from other vertebrates.

Current projects under investigation in the Willson Lab include:

1) Evaluating population-level effects of anthropogenic stressors (pollution, habitat alteration, climate change) on pond-breeding and stream-dwelling amphibians.

2) Understanding the ecology, impacts, and management of Burmese pythons and other invasive snakes.

3) Assessing interactions between environmental variation (especially drought), prey availability, and density dependence in driving aquatic snake population and community dynamics within wetland ecosystems

Please contact Dr. Willson if you are interested in these questions or are looking for graduate opportunites.


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