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C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.

Contact Information

Associate Professor (Courtesy), Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. University of Florida [1986-present]

University/Student Activity

University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Gainesville, FL 32611 [College of Agriculture and Life Sciences]

Message to Prospective Graduate Students.

Completed Degree:
8 MS (Elizabeth Domingue ['95];Charles Knapp ['99]; Alison Hamilton, ['00]; Ann Marie Clark ['06]); Ravi Kailas ['08]; J. Michael Butler ['08]; Yurii Kornilev ['08]; Anthony Lau ['11]. 3 PhD (Lora Smith ['99]; Steve Johnson ['01]; Charles Knapp ['05])

Committee Member:
8 MS (Robin Boughton ['97], Deborah Epperson ['97], Gregg Klowden ['00], Elizabeth Knizley ['97], Jamie Barichivich ['06], Jennifer Staiger ['99], Brooke Talley ['05], Amber Pitt ['05]). 3 PhD (Krista McCoy, Mike McCoy ['06], Erik Blosser ['14])

Senior Thesis Advisor: Maya Zacharow ['02]

Academic Interests

Herpetology, Conservation Biology, Amphibian Biology

Selected Publications

Dodd, C.K., Jr. and R.A. Seigel. 1991. Relocation, repatriation, and translocation of amphibians and reptiles: Are they conservation strategies that work? Herpetologica 47:336-350.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. 1992. Biological diversity of a temporary pond herpetofauna in north Florida sandhills. Biodiversity and Conservation 1:125-142.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. 1997. Clutch size and frequency in Florida box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri): Implications for Conservation. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2:370-377.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. 1997. Population structure and the evolution of sexual size dimorphism and sex ratios in an insular population of Florida box turtles Terrapene carolina bauri. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75:1495-1507.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. and B.A. Cade. 1998. Movement patterns and the conservation of amphibians breeding in small, temporary wetlands. Conservation Biology 12:331-339.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. 1997. Imperiled amphibians: A historical perspective. Pp. 165-200 In: G.W. Benz and D.E. Collins (eds.), Aquatic Fauna in Peril: The Southeastern Perspective Special Publication No. 1, Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, Lenz Design and Communications, Decatur, GA.

Seigel, R. and C.K. Dodd, Jr. 2000. Manipulation of turtle populations for conservation: Halfway technologies or viable options? Pp. 218-238 In: M. Klemens (ed.), Turtle Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. 2001. North American Box Turtles. A Natural History. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. 231 pp. [soft cover edition issued in 2002]

Dodd, C.K., Jr. and L. L. Smith. 2003. Habitat destruction and alteration. Historical trends and future prospects for amphibians. Pp. 94-112 In: R.D. Semlitsch (ed.), Amphibian Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Dodd, C. K., Jr. 2003. Monitoring Amphibians in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. U.S. Geological Survey Circular No. 1258. 117 pp.

Dodd, C.K., Jr. and R. A. Byles. 2003. Post-nesting movements and behavior of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) departing from east-central Florida nesting beaches. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4:530-536.

Dodd, C. K., Jr. 2004. The Amphibians of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. 283 pp.

Dodd, C. K., Jr., W. J. Barichivich, and L. L. Smith. 2004. The effectiveness of a barrier wall and underpasses in reducing wildlife mortality on a heavily traveled highway in Florida. Biological Conservation 118:619-631.

Dodd, C. K., Jr. and R. M. Dorazio. 2004. Using counts to simultaneously estimate abundance and detection probabilities in a salamander community. Herpetologica 60:468-475.

Schlaepfer, M.A., C. Hoover, and C. K. Dodd, Jr. 2005. Challenges in evaluating the impact of the trade in amphibians and reptiles on wild populations. Bioscience 55:256-263.

Smith, L.L., W.J. Barichivich, J.S. Staiger, K.G. Smith, and C.K. Dodd, Jr. 2006. Detection probabilities and site occupancy estimates for amphibians at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. American Midland Naturalist 155:149-161.

Steen, D.A., M. Aresco, S.G. Beilke, B. Compton, C. K. Dodd, Jr., H. Forrester, J.W. Gibbons, J. Greene-McLeod, G. Johnson, T. Langen, M.J. Oldham, D.N. Oxier, R. Sammure, F. Schueler, J. Sleeman, L.L. Smith, J. Tucker, and J.P. Gibbs. 2006. Relative vulnerability of female turtles to road mortality. Animal Conservation 9:1-5.

*Dodd, C. K., Jr., A. Ozgul and M. K. Oli. 2006. The influence of disturbance events on survival and dispersal rates of Florida box turtles. Ecological Applications 16:1936-1944.

Dodd, C. K., Jr., W. J. Barichivich, S.A. Johnson and J.S. Staiger. 2007. Changes in a Florida panhandle Gulf Coast herpetofaunal community over a 28-year period. American Midland Naturalist 58:29-48.

*Dodd, C.K., Jr. and M.J. Dreslik. 2008. Habitat disturbances differentially affect individual growth rates in a long-lived turtle. Journal of Zoology (London) 275:18-25.

*Rothermel, B.B., S.C. Walls, J. C. Mitchell, C. K. Dodd, Jr., L. K. Irwin, D. E. Green, V. M. Vasquez, J. W. Petranka, and D.J. Stevenson. 2008. Widespread occurrence of the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in the Southeastern United States. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 82:3-18.

*Dodd, C.K., Jr. (ed.). 2010. Amphibian Ecology and Conservation. A Handbook of Techniques. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 556 pp.

*Kornilev, Y.V., C.K. Dodd, Jr. and J. Johnston. 2010. Linear home range, movement, and spatial distribution of the Suwannee Cooter (Pseudemys concinna suwanniensis) in a blackwater stream. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9:196-204.

*Butler, J.M., C.K. Dodd, Jr., M. Aresco, and J.D. Austin. 2011. Morphological and molecular evidence indicates that the Gulf Coast box turtle (Terrapene carolina major) is not a distinct evolutionary lineage in the Florida Panhandle. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society102:889-901.

*Dodd, C.K., Jr., N.L. Hyslop and M.K. Oli. 2012. The effects of disturbance events on abundance and sex ratios of a terrestrial turtle, Terrapene bauri. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11:44-49.

*Dodd, C. K., Jr., J. Loman, D. Cogalniceanu, and M. Puky. 2012. Monitoring Amphibian Populations. Pp. 3577-3635 In: H.H. Heatwole and J. W. Wilkenson (eds.), Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Ecological Aspects, Effect of Humans and Management. Amphibian Biology, Volume 10, Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, New South Wales, Australia.

*Böhm, M. (+ 225 co-authors; C.K. Dodd, Jr.71). 2013. The conservation status of the world's reptiles. Biological Conservation 157:372-385.

*Steen, D. A., C. J. W. McClure, L. L. Smith, B. J. Halstead, C. K. Dodd, Jr., W. B. Sutton, J. R. Lee, D. L. Baxley, W. J. Humphries, and C. Guyer. 2013. The effect of coachwhip presence on body size of North American racers suggests competition between these sympatric snakes. Journal of Zoology (London) 289:86-93.

*Dodd, C.K., Jr. 2013. Frogs of the United States and Canada. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 2 Volumes, i-xxvii + 962 pp.

*Lau, A. and C.K. Dodd, Jr. 2013. Multiscale burrow site selection of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in coastal sand dune habitat. Journal of Coastal Research [available in on-line first: doi: JCOASTRES-D-12-00201.1]

*Kuzmin, S. L. and C. K. Dodd, Jr. 2014. Changes in amphibian populations in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia (Part of the Former Soviet Union). Pp. 1-19 In: H.H. Heatwole and I. Das (eds.), Conservation Biology Amphibians of Asia, Amphibian Biology Vol. 11, Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Eastern Hemisphere. Part 1: Asia. Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

*Dodd, C.K., Jr. (ed.). 2016. Reptile Ecology and Conservation. A Handbook of Techniques. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

* WEC/UF address

To Prospective Graduate Students:

Thank you for contacting me concerning graduate research at the University of Florida.

As a Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and within the UF School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE), I have chaired 8 MS and 3 PhD students. Completed thesis titles are as follows:

MS. Elizabeth Domingue (1995): "Amphibian and Reptile Communities of Temporary Ponds in a Managed Pine Flatwoods"
MS. Charles Knapp (1999): "Population Biology of a Translocated Iguana (Cyclura) Colony in the Bahamas"
MS. Alison Hamilton (2000): "Evidence for Ontogenetic Shifts in Box Turtles: Activity Patterns, Movements, and Use of Microenvironments and Habitats by Juvenile Terrapene carolina bauri on Egmont Key, Florida"
MS. Ann Marie Clark (2006): "Using Microsatellite Loci to Determine the Fine Scale Genetic Structure of a Complex of Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Dens in Northeastern New York State"
MS. Yurii Kornilev (2008): "Behavioral Ecology of the Suwanee Cooter (Pseudemys concinna suwanniensis) in a Blackwater Spring-fed River"
MS. J. Michael Butler (2008): "Morphology, Molecules, and Delineation of the Gulf Coast Box Turtle"
MS. Ravi Kailas (2008): Non-thesis technical paper - "Habitat Fragmentation and Conservation Theory"
MS. Anthony Lau (2011): "Spatial Ecology of the Gopher Tortoise in Coastal Sand Dune Habitat: Burrow Site Selection, Home Range and Seasonal Activity Patterns"
PhD. Lora Smith (1999): "The Status and Ecology of the Angonoka Tortoise (Geochelone yniphora) of Western Madagascar"
PhD. Steve Johnson (2001): "Life History, Ecology, and Conservation Genetics of the Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus)"
PhD. Charles Knapp (2005): "Ecology and Conservation of the Andros Island Iguana (Cyclura cychlura cychlura)"

I can also serve on graduate committees in other departments within the University.

Policies within WEC dictate that I can only serve as co-advisor, rather than being sole major advisor as in the past. WEC restricts the number of students I can co-advise within the Department to three.

Of additional concern is financing. Because WEC does not have large teaching labs, they have few graduate assistantships. Those assistantships usually go to line faculty, which makes it difficult for my students. Since I am retired from my former position, I will not have funding to support a graduate student. Information concerning financial aid at UF should be available on WEC's web site (

Please note! In order to be accepted in WEC, you must first get the support of a line faculty member. Before you contact me, I advise you to secure a line faculty member as sponsor. Good luck on your graduate career.


Dr. Ken Dodd
Courtesy Associate Professor