Curriculum Vitae

Steven J. Price

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Biology
Davidson College
Davidson NC 28035-7118

Phone: (704) 894-2868
Fax: (704) 894-2512


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Research Interests

My research focuses on the population ecology and conservation of vertebrates. Many of my current research projects center on reptiles and amphibians, groups that are experiencing severe and unprecidented population declines.To date, I have focused my research in 2 primary areas: 1) examining the resistance and resilience of reptile and amphibian populations to urbanization and 2) evaluating the effects of environmental variation (especially flow regulation, drought and landscape attributes) on reptile and amphibian populations. 


I began working as research coordinator for the Davidson College Herpetology Lab in May 2004. Currently, I am a Post-doctoral research Fellow in the Department of Biology at Davidson College. Additionally, I have served as visiting instructor and adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Davidson College for Biology 112: Organisms, Evolution and Ecosystems during 2008, 2009 and 2011. I obtained my Masters of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. For my thesis work, I conducted anuran surveys in Great Lakes coastal wetlands and related the distribution patterns of several species to habitat variables at local and landscape scales (See Price et al. 2005 for more information). This research was part of the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project funded by the U.S. EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program.

I recently received my Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at Wake Forest University. My disseration research focused on the resistance and resilience of stream salamander populations to disturbance in the North Carolina Piedmont. Specifically, I examined the effect of urbanization on salamander occupancy rates, abundances and vital rates (i.e., survival). I also have a chapter on the response of salamanders to drought. This research is funded by a variety of sources, most notably through the National Science Foundation.

At Davidson College I work closely with student researchers. Most of this research is centered on amphibian and reptile ecology in urban environments. Recent projects include an examination of the utility of golf course ponds as semi-aquatic turtle habitat in urban environments (See student presentations by Lynea Witczak, Courun Williams, and Shawna Foley) and a study on the influence of flow regulation (damming), fish predation, and urbanization on reptile and amphibian occupancy, abundance and species richness in riparian wetlands of the Broad River in South Carolina (see student presentations by Evan Eskew and Stephanie Hunt). I participate widely in outreach events, which promote the conservation of reptiles, amphibians, and their habitats. I also manage the Carolina Herp Atlas, an online databases that uses observations from citizen scienetists to track the distribution of reptiles and amphibians in North and South Carolina.


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