Gregory Watkins-Colwell
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Collections Manager

Herpetology and Ichthyology

203.432.3791
Fax 203.432.9816
gregory.watkins-colwell@yale.edu

 

Education

B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University (’91 with Dept. Honors in Zoology); M.S. Ohio University (’94).

Research Interest

Biogeography and systematics of lizards (especially geckos). New England herpetology is a special interest as is herpetology of the Southwest and Appalachia.

 

Recent Fieldwork

China and Hong Kong (2000).  Collected amphibian and reptile specimens for systematic specimen collection.

New Caledonia (Jan-Feb 2003). Part of a collaborative project to survey the herpetofauna and collect specimens for phylogenetic study.

Brunei Darussalam (July 2012). Part of a multi-national expedition to Bukit Pagon to conduct a rapid assessment of biodiversity.

 

 

Other field work is done throughout the year in Florida, the Southwest, and in New England.

Greg was the Specimen Coordinator for the Connecticut Amphibian Monitoring Project and as such is responsible for identifying and properly preserving the specimens collected as part of this long-term scientific study of amphibian populations in the state.  He has also coordinated the Peabody Museum BioBlitz activities.

 

Recent Publications

Watkins-Colwell, G. J., J. D. deLeon and S. B. Hochgraff. 2006.  Leptotyphlops tenellus (Guyana Blindsnake). Predation.  Herpetological Review 37(3):353.

 

Rusello, M. A., P. Brazaitis, J. Gratten, G. J. Watkins-Colwell, and A. Caccone.  2007.  Molecular assesment of the genetic integrity, distinctiveness and phylogeographic context of the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) on Palau.  Conservation Genetics 2007(8): 777-787.

 

Brazaitis, P., J. Eberdong, P. J. Brazaitis and G. J. Watkins-Colwell.  2009.  Notes on the Saltwater Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, in the Republic of Palau.  Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50(1): 27-48.

 

Dornburg, A., J. A. Moore and G. J. Watkins-Colwell.  2009.  Distribution of Freshwater Fishes in Connecticut Based on Museum Voucher Specimens.  Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50(2): 347-379.

 

Watkins-Colwell, G. J., A. Dornburg, D. Hawlena and J. A. Moore.  2010.  The Amphibians and Reptiles of the 1962-1965 Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia.  Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 51(2):179-197.

 

Dornburg, A., J. G. Colosi, C. Maser, A. T. Reese and G. J. Watkins-Colwell.  2011.  A survey of the Yale Peabody Museum collection of Egyptian mammals collected during construction of the Aswan High Dam, with an emphasis on material from the 1962-1965 Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia.  Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 52(2):255-272.

 

Brazaitis, P. and G. J. Watkins-Colwell.  2011.  A brief history of crocodilian science.  Herpetological Review 42(4): 483-496.

 

Nonpeer Reviewed Publications

Watkins-Colwell, G.J. 2003. Gecko hunting in New Caledonia. Gekko 3(2):2–8.

 

Professional Activity

Greg is Member-at-Large for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and serves on the Board of Governors for the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) and Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR).  He serves on several committees for the SSAR, SPNHC and is the treasurer for the Internaiotional Society for Herpetological Bibliography and History (ISHBH).

Photograph courtesy of Sally Pallatto.