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CURRICULUM VITAE
Don L. Moll
Professor Emeritus of Biology
Department of Biology
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri 65897-0095
Email: DonMoll@MissouriState.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education:

 

Illinois State University.................................................................................................................................................................... B.S. 1971

                   Biological Sciences

Western Illinois University............................................................................................................................................................. M.S. 1973

                   Zoology

Illinois State University................................................................................................................................................................. Ph.D. 1977

                   Biological Sciences

 

 

Society Affiliations:

 

                Memberships Held in Professional Societies

                American Association for the Advancement of Science

                American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

                Chelonian Research Foundation

                Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

                Herpetologists' League

                Missouri Herpetological Association

                Phi Sigma

                Sigma Xi (Associate Member)

                Tucson Herpetological Society

 

Honors

 

                Election to Phi Sigma Membership (1974)

                Election to associate membership in Sigma Xi (1976)

                American Ornithologists' Union Student membership Award (1974)

                Phi Sigma (Beta Lambda Chapter) outstanding Ph.D. Student Award (1977)

                Inclusion in "Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology" 1st Ed., 1984-1985 and 2nd Ed. 1986-1987.

                Inclusion in "Personalities of America," 3rd Ed., 1984.

                Inclusion in "Who's Who in the World," 7th Ed., 1984-1985, 8th Ed. 1986-87, 9th Ed., 1988-89, 10th Ed. 1990-91, 11th Ed., 1992-93.

                Outstanding Scholarship Award, College of Science and Mathematics, Southwest Missouri State University, 1992.

                Inclusion in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 4th ed. 1998-1999

                Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, Southwest Missouri State University. 2000.

                College of Natural and Applied Sciences Excellence in Research Award, Southwest Missouri State

                University, 2004

                Inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004

                Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award, Missouri State University 2010

 

Appointments to Professional Advisory Groups

 

                Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1981-Present)

                Marine Turtle Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1989-Present)

                Chelonian Advisory Group, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (1991-Present)

                Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Conservation Committee (1994-1998)

                Scientific Committee for 1995 International Congress of Chelonian Conservation, Gonfaron, France

Member of the Editorial Board, The Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) (2001-present)

 

 

Committee Responsibilities

 

                Department:

 

                Chairperson, Publications and Publicity Committee (1981-1983)

                Chairperson, Graduate Studies Committee and Department Graduate Coordinator (1982-1983; 1987-1990)

                Member, Graduate School Council (1982-1983; 1987-1991)

                Member, Judicial Committee 1982-1983)

                Chairperson, Recruitment Committee (Spring, 1985)

                Member, Recruitment Committee (Fall, 1985)

                Governance and Planning Committee (1990)

                Merit Pay Committee (1990)

                Chairperson, Merit Pay Committee (1991-93)

                Curriculum Committee (1991-94)

                Chairperson, Promotion and Tenure Committee (1993-2010)

                Member, Curriculum Revision Advisory Committee (Summer, 1993)

                Chairperson, Faculty Search Committee (Spring 1993)

                Chairperson, Program Review Committee (Fall, 1995)

                Chairperson, Three Year Plan Revision Committee (Fall, 1996)

                Faculty Senator (Fall, 2003-2005 & 2006-2007)

                Belize Cooperative Studies Committee (Spring, 2006)

 

                College:

 

                Member, Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee (1986-87)

                Member, Academic Awards Committee (1992-93)

                Chairperson, Academic Awards Committee (1993-94)

                Member, Faculty Enhancement Committee (1994)

                Chairperson, Goldwater Awards Committee (1994)

                Member, Environmental Sciences and Policy Development Committee (1997)

                Personnel Committee (2010)

 

                University:

 

                Member, Student Judicial Committee (1983-84)

                Member, Campus Wildlife Enhancement Committee (1986-87)

                Member, Graduate School Council (1982-1983; 1987-1992)

                Member, Task Force on Graduate Student Policies (1987-88)

                Chairperson, University Committee for Approval of Adjunct and Temporary Graduate Faculty (1991-92)

                Member, Environmental Quality Committee (1997)

                Academic Calendar Committee (2001-2003)

 

 

Work Experience

 

                Illinois Department of Conservation:  deer examiner 1971-1972-deer seasons.

                National Park Service (Isle Royale National Park):  research collaborator, 1974-1975.

Illinois State University:  graduate teaching assistant 1973-1977.  Courses assisted:  Biology of Lower Vertebrates, Functional Anatomy, Vertebrate Zoology-Comparative Anatomy, General Zoology, Cell Physiology, Natural Sciences, General Ecology and Animal Physiology.

                Illinois Natural History Survey River Research Laboratory (Havana, Illinois):  research consultant 1977

                Southwest Missouri State University:  Assistant Professor of Biology, fall semester 1977-1982.

                Southwest Missouri State University:  Associate Professor of Biology, fall semester, 1982-1988.

                Southwest Missouri State University: Professor of Biology, fall semester 1988-2010.

 

Teaching Experience at Southwest Missouri State University a/k/a Missouri State University

 

                Biology 167-General Zoology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 102-General Biology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 105-General Biology (lab)

                Biology 369-General Ecology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 380-Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (lab)

                Biology 525-Limnology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 576-Herpetology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 584-Zoogeography (lecture)

                Biology 276-Ornithology (lecture and lab)

                Biology 539-Biogeography (lecture)

                Biology 628-Recent Advances in Biology

Biology 597-701- Wild Tropical Island:  The Biology and Conservation of Endangered Ecosystems (Summer Intersession 2000, 2002)

Biology 597-702 – Biodiversity:  The Rise and Fall of Species on Earth (Summer Intersession 2003)

 

Advisor for

 

                Biology 390- Cooperative Education

                Biology 527-Field Biology

                Biology 490-Wildlife Practicum

                Biology 499-Special Topics in Biology

                Biology 698-Graduate Research

                Biology 699-Thesis

 

Monetary Grants and Awards (Significant Projects summarized)

 

                Phi Sigma Research Grant, (1974) - $200.

                Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid Research Award, (1974) - $100.

                Illinois State Academy of Science Research Award, (1976) - $150.

                The Omar Rilett Research Fund Award (1977) - $100.

                Missouri Department of Conservation Research Grant, (1981) - $400.

                SMSU Faculty Development Fund Travel Grants, (1981, 1982, 1986) - $600 each.

                SMSU Faculty Research Grants, (1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1996) - $1,000, $2,000, $4,750, $1,200, $2,987, $2,500)

                SMSU Foundation Grant (1983) - $1,500.

                World Wildlife Fund Grant - U.S. (Central American river turtle conservation in Belize) (1984) – $8,500.

                Fauna and Flora Preservation Society Grant, (Central American river turtle conservation in Belize) (1984) - $1,000.

                Missouri Department of Conservation Grant, (1985-86) - $4,000.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation Grants (turtle studies at Tortuguero, Costa Rica) (1990, 1991, 1992) $1,020, $3,400, $6,500.

                People's Trust for Endangered Species Grant (Pancake tortoise conservation in Tanzania, Africa) (1991) –

                $500.

                Wildlife Conservation International (now WCS) Grant (Pancake tortoise conservation in Tanzania, Africa)

                (1991) - $10,000.

                Missouri Department of Conservation Grant (1992) - $2,200.

                Missouri Prairie Foundation Grant (1992) - $1,000.

                Missouri Department of Conservation Grant (1996) - $1,840.

                Missouri Department of Conservation Grant Peregrine falcon rehabilitation in Missouri (1997) - $54,112.

Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Fellowship Program Travel Grant (Thailand Government) (Endangered softshell conservation in Thailand) (1999) - $2,000

                Missouri National Guard Grant (Grassland bird habitat use) (2000) - $24,535.73.

                Missouri National Guard Grant (Grassland bird habitat use) (2001) - $37,680.05. 

Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Fellowship Program Travel Grant (Thailand Government) (Endangered softshell conservation in Thailand) (2003) – $2,500

 

Faculty Research Fellowships

 

                Summer Faculty Research Fellowship.  Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.  $4,000.  Summer, 1979.

                SMSU Summer Faculty Research Fellowship.  $3,500.  Summer, 1985.

                SMSU Summer Faculty Research Fellowship.  $4,000.  Summer, 1995.

 

 

Research Interests

 

The ecology, zoogeography, and conservation biology of vertebrates, particularly reptiles and amphibians; specifically:  1) The ecology of temperate and tropical freshwater turtle, marine turtle, and tortoise communities; 2) Ecology and management of endangered species; and 3) seed dispersal syndromes involving reptiles.

 

Thesis and Dissertation:

 

                M. S. Thesis Title:  A Study of Growth and Diet in the False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica). Western Illinois University, 1974.

 

                Ph.D. Dissertation Title:  Ecological Investigations on Turtles of a Polluted Ecosystem; The Central Illinois River and Adjacent Flood Plain Lakes.  Illinois State University, 1977.

 

 

Publications

 

                Publications in Scientific Journals, Museum Bulletins, Proceedings, and Books

 

                Moll, Don. 1974.  Notes on copulation in the white-breasted nuthatch. Auk 91(1):171.

 

                Moll, Don. 1974.  Notes on the behavior of Isle Royale Painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii).  Journal of Herpetology 8(3):78-79.

 

                Brown, L. E., R. S. Funk, Don Moll, and J. K. Tucker. 1975.  Distributional notes on reptiles in Illinois. Herp. Review 6(3):78-79.

 

                Moll, Don and J. K. Tucker. 1976.  Growth and sexual maturity of the red-footed tortoise, Geochelone carbonaria.  Bull.  Maryland Herp. Soc. 12(3):96-98.

 

                Moll, Don. 1976. Food and feeding strategies of the Ouachita map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica ouachitensis).  The American Midland Naturalist.  96:478-482.

 

                Moll, Don. 1976.  Environmental influence on growth rate in the Ouachita map turtle, Graptemys pseudogeographica ouachitensis. Herpetologica. 32:439-443.

 

                Moll, Don and J. K. Tucker.  1976.  Geographic Distribution Note:  Terrapene ornata.  Herp. Review. 7(4):178.

 

                Moll, Don and J. K. Tucker.  1976.  Geographic Distribution Note: Plethodon cinereus.  Herp. Review. 7(4):178.

 

                Moll, Don and B. K. Moll. 1976.  Moose triplets on Isle Royale.  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 69:151-152.

 

                Moll, Don. 1976.  A review of supposed insect catching by basking Graptemys geographica.  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 69:302-303.

 

 

Tucker, J. K., R. S. Funk, and Don Moll. 1977.  Distributional records of polygyra snails in Illinois with an addition to the state fauna.  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 70:86-90.

 

Moll, Don and L. E. Brown. 1977.  The mud turtle Kinosternon flavescens spooneri-nearly extinct in Illinois. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 12(3):67-68.  (Reprinted from an article originally printed in The Explorer 1(5):6-7).

 

                Moll, Don, G. L. Paukstis, and J. K. Tucker. 1977.  Herpetological records from Illinois Herp. Review 8(3):85.

 

Brown, L. E. and Don Moll. 1979.  The status of the nearly extinct Illinois mud turtle with recommendations for its conservation.  Milwaukee Public Museum Special Publication in Biology and Geology No. 3. 49 pages.

 

                Funk, R. S. and Don Moll. 1979.  Geographic Distribution Note:  Anolis sagrei.  Herp. Review 10(3):102.

 

                Gibbons, J. W. and Don Moll. 1979.  (Review) Turtles:  Perspectives and Research by Harless and Morlock, Eds. American Scientist 67(6):722.

 

                Moll, Don. 1979.  Subterranean feeding by the Illinois mud turtle, Kinosternon flavescens spooneri.  Journal of Herpetology. 13(3):371-373.

 

                Moll, Don. 1982.  Illinois Mud Turtle Account.  International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.  Red Data Book: Amphibia and Reptilia. p 7-11.

 

                Moll, Don. 1983.  A proposed origin of nesting location divergence and a shared feeding range in Brazilian green turtle populations.  Copeia. 1983(1):121-125.

 

                Moll, Don. 1985. The marine turtles of Belize, Central America. Oryx 19(3):155-157.

 

                Moll, Don and F. Dodd. 1985.  New records for Chelydra serpentina rossignoni in Belize. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 21(1):34-37.

 

Moll, Don. 1985.  The trophic ecology of aquatic turtles: investigations of the relationship of prey availability with dietary overlap and specialization.  Journal of the Association for the Study of Reptilia and Amphibia 2(4):1-22.

 

                Moll, Don. 1986.  The distribution, status and level of exploitation of Dermatemys mawei in Belize, Central America.  Biological Conservation 35(1):87-96.

 

                Moll, Don. 1987.  (Review) The grizzly bear. by T. McNamee. Oryx 21(1):60-61.

 

                Moll, Don. 1989.  Food and feeding behavior of the turtle, Dermatemys mawei, in Belize.  Journal of Herpetology 23(4):445-447.

 

                Moll, Don. 1990.  Population sizes and foraging ecology in a tropical freshwater stream turtle community.  Journal of Herpetology 24(1):48-53.

 

Moll, Don and E. O. Moll. 1990.  The slider turtle in the Neotropics:  Adaptation of a temperate species to a tropical environment. In J. W. Gibbons (ed.), Life history and ecology of the slider turtle, pp 152-161.  Smithsonian Inst. Press, Washington, D.C.

 

                Peterson, C., R. Wilkinson, Don Moll, and T. Holder 1991.  Premetamorphic survival of Ambystoma annulatum. Herpetologica 47(1):96-100.

 

                White, D. and Don Moll.  1991.  Clutch size and reproductive potential of the turtle Graptemys geographica in a Missouri stream.  Journal of Herpetology 25(4):493-494.

 

Peterson, C., R. Wilkinson, Don Moll, and T. Holder.  1992. Estimating the number of female Ambystoma annulatum (Caudata: Ambystomatidae) based on oviposition.  The Southwestern Naturalist 37(4):425-426.

 

                White, D. and Don Moll.  1992.  Restricted diet of the common map turtle Graptemys geographica in a Missouri stream.  The Southwestern Naturalist 37:317-318.

 

                Wilkinson, R., C. Peterson, Don Moll and T. Holder. 1993. The annual reproductive cycle of Plethodon dorsalis in northwestern Arkansas. Journal of Herpetology 27(1):85-87.

 

Thomas, R.B., Don Moll, and J. Steiert.  1994.  Evidence of a symbiotic relationship between cellulolytic bacteria and a freshwater herbivorous turtle.  The Southwestern Naturalist. 39(4):386-388.

 

                Moll, Don. 1994.  The ecology of sea beach nesting in slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) from Caribbean Costa Rica.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology 1(2):107-116.

 

                Moll, Don, B. Michaels, M.W. Henson and A.D. Roberts. 1995. Cleaning symbiosis behavior between a captive Kemp's ridley and porkfish.  Marine Turtle Newsletter, 68:2.

 

Klemens, M.W. and Don Moll.  1995.  An assessment of the effects of commercial exploitation on the pancake tortoise, Malacochersus tornieri, in Tanzania.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology 1(3):197-206.

 

                Moll, Don and K.P. Jansen.  1995.  Evidence for a role in seed dispersal by two tropical herbivorous turtles.  Biotropica 27(1):121-127.

 

Moll, Don.  1996.  Conservation and management of river turtles: A review of methodology and techniques.  Proceedings: International Congress of Chelonian Conservation.  Gonfaron, France., July 6-10, 1995. pp. 260-294.

 

Moll, Don and M.W. Klemens.  1996.  Ecological characteristics of the pancake tortoise, Malacochersus tornieri (Siebenrock) in Tanzania. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2(2):26-35.

 

Tucker, J.K. and Don Moll.  1997.  Growth, reproduction, and survivorship in the red-eared turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans, in Illinois with conservation implications.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology 3 (1): 352-357.

 

Moll, Don and M.W. Klemens.  1997.  Aspects of the ecology and effect of exploitation of the pancake tortoise in Tanzania.  Proceedings:  Conservation, Management, and Restoration of Tortoises and Turtles - An International Conference.  Purchase, N.W., July 11-16, 1993.

 

Thomas,R.B., D.W. Beckman, K. Thompson, K. Buhlmann, J.W. Gibbons and Don Moll.   1997.  Estimation of age for Trachemys scripta and Deirochelys reticularia by counting annual growth layers in claws. Copeia.  1997: 842-845.

 

Carden, M.D. Schmitt, T. Tomasi, J. Bradford, D. Moll and J. Brown.  1998.  Utility of serum progesterone and prolactin analysis for assessing reproductive status in the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).  Animal Reproduction Science 53:133-142.

 

               Tucker, J.K., Don Moll, E.O. Moll.  1999.  Growth in slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) in temperate and tropical regions.   Chelonian Conservation and Biology.   3(3): 464-467

 

Moll, E. O. and Don Moll.  2000.  Conservation of river turtles.  Chapter 5 in  M. W. Klemens (ed.), Turtle Conservation.  Smithsonian Institution Press.  Washington, D. C.

 

Kitimasak, W., K. Thirakhupt, and Don Moll.  2003.  Captive Breeding of the Siamese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle Chitra chitra Nutphand, 1986 (Testudines: Trionychidae).  Thai J. Agric. Sci. 36(2): 141-154.

 

Kitimasak, W. K. K. Thirakhupt, and Don Moll.  2003.  Eggshell structure of the Siamese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle Chitra chitra Nutphand, 1986 (Testudines, Trionychide) Science Asia 29 (2003): 95-98.

 

Ford, D. K. and Don Moll.  2004.  Differences in sexual and seasonal foraging patterns in the Stinkpot, Sternotherus odoratus in Southwestern Missouri.  J. Herpetology 38:296-301.

 

 

Kitimasak, W., K. Thirakhupt, S. Boonyaratpalin, and Don Moll.  2005.  Distribution and population status of the Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle.  Chitra spp. in Thailand.  The Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 5(1): 31-40.

 

Stone, M.D. and Don Moll.  2006. Diet-dependent differences in digestive efficiency in two sympatric species of box turtles, Terrapene carolina and Terrapene ornata.  Journal of Herpetology 40(3):364-371.

 

Moll, Don and J. B. Iverson.  2008.  Geographic Variation and Life-History Traits.  pp 181-192 In:   Steyermark, A. C., M. S. Finkler and Brooks, R. J (Eds.).  The Biology of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).  The Johns Hopkins University Press (book chapter), Baltimore, MD. 

 

Moll, Don.  2008.  Dietary characteristics and seed germination influences of Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in a very wet year (1998) in the northeastern Sonoran Desert.  Sonoran Herpetologist 21(8):86-89.

 

Stone, M.D. and Don Moll.  2009.  Abundance and diversity of seeds in digestive tracts of Terapene carolina and T. ornata in southwestern Missouri.  The Southwestern Naturalist 54(3):346-350.

 

               Moll, Don.  2010.  The backdoor turtles of Tortuguero.  IRCF:  Reptiles & Amphibians:  Conservation and Natural History 17(2): 103-107.

 

                Moll, Don.  2010.  Le Trionyx géant.  Chitra chitra Nutaphand, 1986 (Ang : Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle).  Chéloniens 18 p. 46-48.

 

Kimmons, J. B. and Don Moll.  2010.  Seed dispersal by red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) and Common Snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina).  Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 9(2):289-294.

 

                Elbers, J.P. and Don Moll.  2011. Ingestion by a freshwater turtle alters germination of bottomland hardwood seeds.  Wetlands 31(4):757-761.

 

Vogt, R.C., Polisar, J.R., Moll, D., and Gonzalez-Porter, G. 2011.  Dermatemys mawii Gray 1847-Central American River turtle, Tortuga Blanca, Hickatee.  In:  Rhodin, A.G., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A., (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises:  A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater turtle Specialist Group.  Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5, pp. 058.1-058.12, doi:10.3854/crm.5.058.mawii.v1.2011, http://www.iucn-tfsg.org/cbftt.

 

Wray, N., Don Moll and Ben Anders.  In Press.  Macrochelys temminckii:  Geographic Distribution Note.  Herp. Review. 

 

Scholarly Book

 

Moll, Don and E.O. Moll. 2004.  The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles.  Oxford University Press. New York, NY, p 398

 

Popular Published Work

 

                *Moll, Don. 1980. Dirty River Turtles.  Natural History 89(5):42-49.  *This article has been wholly or partially reprinted in the following publications:

 

1.             Team, publication of the Turtle and Tortoise Education, Adoption, Media, July, 1980 issue.

 2.             The Peoria Journal Star, June 12, 1980.

 3.             Carson, B. R. 1982.  Grammar Writing Workbook-Text for Remedial College English.  Charles E. Merrill Publ. Co. (used to illustrate techniques of good openings for essays).

 4.             Ehrlich, Paul and Anne Ehrlich. 1981.  Extinction.  Random House, New York. pp. 151-152.

 

                Moll, Don. 1982.  Illinois Turtles.  Fins and Feathers Magazine.  (Illinois Edition).  January issue.  pp. 50-53.

 

                Moll, Don. 1984. Hellbenders.  Fins and Feathers Magazine. (Missouri Edition).  February issue. pp. 14-18.

 

                Moll, Don.   1999.  The Great African Pancake Hunt.  Ranger Rick Magazine.  33(4): 18-20.

Special Reports and Contract Reports.

 

Bellrose, R. C., R. Sparks, F. L. Paveglio, Jr., D. Steffeck, R. Thomas, R. Weaver, and Don Moll.  1977.  Fish and wildlife changes resulting from the construction of a nine foot navigation channel in the Illinois Waterway from LaGrange Lock and Dam upstream to Lockport Lock and Dam.  Contract Report for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, (Contract #DACW 23-76-C-0066).

 

Brown, L. E. and Don Moll. 1977.  Report of the status of the nearly extinct Illinois Mud Turtle (Kinosternon flavescens spooneri) with recommendations for its conservation.  Prepared for the Office of Endangered Species, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D. C. 51 p.

 

Moll, Don and G. Williams.  1982.  Ecological Studies of the Lake Springfield turtle community.  Report to the Natural History Section of the Missouri Department of Conservation. 18 p.

 

Moll, Don. 1986.  Turtle Survey of Aquatic Habitats Adjacent to Road Improvement Sites on IL. Hwy. 93, Kilbourne, IL.  Illinois Department of Transportation 4p.

 

Moll, Don and R. Wilkinson. 1986.  Small mammal surveys at three sites in southwestern Missouri.  Report to the Natural History Section of the Missouri Department of Conservation. 12p.

 

Moll, Don. M.W. Klemens, and A. Njalale. 1993. A preliminary assessment of the status and exploitation of the pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) in Tanzania:  A report of research funded by Wildlife Conservation International, American Museum of Natural History, IUCN-SSC Trade Specialist Group, and People's Trust for Endangered Species. 43 p.

 

Moll, Don. 1993. A study of dietary characteristics and growth in turtles incidentally collected during long-term resource monitoring of Mississippi River fishes, July-October, 1992. Final Report to the Missouri Department of Conservation. 24 p.

 

Presentations at Scientific Meetings

 

Environmental influence on degree of niche overlap in sympatric populations of emydid turtles-American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologist's Annual Meeting, June 21, 1977, Gainesville, Florida.

 

Aspects of turtle ecology in a Carolina Bay-Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 25, 1981, St. Joseph, Missouri.

 

Ecological comparisons of lentic and lotic turtle populations (with Glenn Williams)-Joint Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and Herpetologists' League Annual Meeting, August 10, 1981, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

The trophic ecology of aquatic turtles:  Investigations of the relationship of prey availability with dietary overlap and specialization-1981 International Herpetological Congress, October 3, 1981, The University of Oxford, Oxford, England.

 

A proposed origin of nesting location divergence and a shared feeding range in Brazilian green turtle populations-Joint Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and Herpetologists' League Annual Meeting, August 2, 1982, Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

The status and ecology of the Lake Springfield turtle community-Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 30, 1983, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

The status and distribution of Dermatemys mawei in Belize.  Joint meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and Herpetologists' League, August 2, 1984, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

 

The status of the marine turtles of Belize-Missouri Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 4, 1985, Springfield, Missouri.

 

Some aspects of the ecology of Niangua River hellbenders (with M. Topping,* C. Peterson, and R. Wilkinson)-Prairie States Ecology Conclave, May 17, 1985.  Bennett Springs State Park, Lebanon, Missouri.

Food habits and evidence of spring bank nesting in Belizean Dermatemys mawei.  Joint meeting of the Herpetologists' League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  August 12, 1986, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

 

Reproductive strategies of Neotropical sliders:  Comparisons with temperate sliders and tropical batagurines. (with E. O. Moll).  Joint meeting of the Herpetologists' League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  August 15, 1987, Vera Cruz, Mexico.

 

Ecology of Sistrurus miliarius in southwest Missouri (with T. Holder).  Combined meeting of the Herpetologists' League, Society for the study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  June 26, 1988. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Reproduction in Niangua River Map turtles, (with Donnell White*) Missouri Herpetological Association.  September 29, 1988, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

Reproductive potential, diet, and growth in Niangua River map turtles (with Donnell White*).  Prairie States Ecology Conclave.  May 5, 1989, LaCygne, Kansas.

 

Premetamorphic survival of Ambystoma annulatum (with R. Wilkinson, C. Peterson, and T. Holder).  Missouri Herpetological Association.  September 30, 1989, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

Population size fluctuation and foraging ecology in a tropical freshwater stream turtle community.  Missouri Herpetological Association.  September 30, 1989, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

Notonectid predation on ringed salamander larvae (with K. Derrick* and R. Wilkinson).  Prairie States Ecology Conclave.  May 6, 1990, Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon, Missouri.

 

Premetamorphic survival of Ambystoma annulatum (with R. Wilkinson, C. Peterson, and T. Holder).  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.  June 18, 1990, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Conservation of River Turtles.  Read in absentia at the European Chelonian Symposium.  July 20, 1990.  Massa Maritima, Italy.

 

Notonectid predation on ringed salamander larvae (with K. Derrick* and R. Wilkinson).  Joint Meeting of the Herpetologists' League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  August 8, 1990, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Reproductive Ecology of the Zigzag salamander Plethodon dorsalis in northwestern Arkansas (with R. Wilkinson, C. Peterson, and T. Holder).  Joint meeting of the Herpetologists' League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. August 8, 1990, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

River turtle ecology at Tortuguero, Costa Rica.  Missouri Herpetological Association.  September 29, 1990, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

The conservation of New World river turtle biodiversity.  "Conservation of Biodiversity:  Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles" Symposium, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists annual meeting June 18, 1991, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.

               

The annual reproductive cycle of Plethodon dorsalis in northwestern  Arkansas (with R. Wilkinson, C. Peterson, and T. Holder).  Missouri Herpetological Association.  September 29, 1991, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO. 

 

Growth and diet in Niangua River Map Turtles (with D. White).  Missouri Herpetological Association September 28, 1991.  Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

 

The capacity for seed dispersal of two herbivorous tropical turtles at Tortuguero, Costa Rica.  The Southwestern Association of Naturalists Annual Meeting, April 17, 1993, Springfield, MO. 

 

Ecological aspects of a tropical freshwater turtle in Caribbean Costa Rica (with Kevin Jansen*).  The Southwestern Association of Naturalists Annual Meeting, April 17, 1993, Springfield, MO.

 

Composition, status, and ecology of the turtle community of Lake Taneycomo, A cold water reservoir (with R. Brent Thomas*).  The Southwestern Association of Naturalists Annual Meeting, April 17, 1993.  Springfield, MO. 

 

The composition, status, and ecology of the turtle community of Lake Taneycomo, a cold water reservoir in southwest Missouri.  (With R.B. Thomas*)  Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Annual Meeting, August 10, 1993.  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

               

Ecological aspects of a tropical freshwater turtle in Caribbean Costa Rica.  (With K. Jansen*)  Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Annual Meeting, August 10, 1993. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

 

Depressed growth rates of Trachemys scripta and Graptemys geographica in a thermally altered environment.  (With R.B. Thomas*)  Missouri Herpetological Association Annual Meeting, September 25, 1993. Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

Evidence of a symbiotic relationship between cellulolytic bacteria and a freshwater herbivorous turtle. (With R.B. Thomas* and J. Steiert)  Missouri Herpetological Association Annual Meeting, September 25, 1993. Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

The ecology of the cooter, Pseudemys concinna in Lake Taneycomo, Taney Co., Missouri (with L.K. Turner* and R.B. Thomas) Missouri Herpetological Association Annual Meeting, September 24, 1994. Reis Biological Station, Steelville, MO.

 

Reproduction of the cooter, Pseudemys concinna in Lake Taneycomo, Taney Co., MO (with L.K. Turner* and R.B. Thomas). April 7, 1995.  Southwestern Association of Naturalists Annual Meeting.

 

Parental care in prothonotary warblers (with J. Cantrell* and A. Mathis). Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting July 18, 1995. U. Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

Diet and reproduction of the stinkpot, Kinosternon odoratum, inhabiting a cold water reservoir (with S. Davis* and R. B. Thomas).  Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Annual Meeting, August 5, 1995.  Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

 

Conservation and management of river turtles; A review of methodology and techniques.  International Congress of Chelonian Conservation. July 7, 1995. Gonfaron, France. 

 

Estimation of age for Trachemys scripta and Deirochelys reticularia by counting annual growth layers in claws (with K. Thompson*, R.B. Thomas, D. Beckman, K. Buhlmann and J. Gibbons).  American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists' Annual Meeting June 5, 1996.  New Orleans, LA. 

 

Ecological characteristics of the Tortuguero, Costa Rica nonmarine turtle community.  Invited presentation at the ASIH "Life History and Ecology of Chelonians" symposium, June 27, 1997.  University of Washington, Seattle.

 

An overview of river turtle communities (with E.O. Moll*). Invited presentation at the ASIH "Life History and Ecology of Chelonians" symposium, June 28, 1997. University of Washington, Seattle.

 

Ecological characteristics of the snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina acutirostris in Costa Rica.  Presentation at the 3rd World Congress of Herpetology, August 7, 1997. Prague.

 

An overview of the composition, distribution and conservation issues concerning East African chelonians.  Invited presentation in the "Africa- The Neglected Continent of Herpetology."  Symposium: 3rd              World Congress of Herpetology, August 7, 1997.  Prague

 

The "Show-Me" Peregrine Falcon project (with K. Deckard*) November 1, 1997.  West Central Audubon Society Conference, Springfield, MO.

 

The ecological roles of turtles in riverine ecosystems.  Invited presentation at the International Conference on Turtles and Tortoises, California State University, Dominquez Hills, CA. August 2, 1998.

 

Foraging Ecology and Demography of Stermotherus odoratus in a Southwestern Missouri Population (with Dawn Ford*).  1999 Joint Meeting of the American Society of Echthyologists and Herpetologists, American Elasmobranch Society, and Herpetologists’ League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.  June, 1999.

 

Don’s brother the turtle biologist.  Reflections on Ed Moll’s life in honor of his retirement.  After Dinner Presentation Powdermill IV: International Freshwater Turtle Conference, Laughlin, Nevada.  August 15, 1999.

 

Foraging Ecology and Demography of Sternotherus adoratus in a Southwestern Missouri Population (with Dawn Ford*).  Midwest Ecology and Evolution conference, Ohio University, Athens.  March 3-5, 2000 (Poster).

 

Eggshell structure of the wild Narrow-headed softshell Turtle Chitra chitra Nutphand, 1986 (with W. Kitimasak*, and K. Thirakhupt).  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologist and Herpetologists, Kansas City, Missouri, July 6, 2002

 

Eggs and hatchlings of the Siamese narrow-Headed softshell turtle Chitra chitra Nutphand. (with W. Kitimasak*, and K. Thirakhupt).  7th Biological Science Graduate Congress, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, December 10, 2002.

 

Mulberry seed dispersal by Trachemys scripta and Chelydra serpentine (with Jeff Kimmons*) Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) 50th anniversary meeting, Norman, OK, April 17-19, 2003.

 

Mulberry seed dispersal by Trachemys scripta and Chelydra serpentine (with Jeff Kimmons*) Ozarks Biology Graduate Society (OBGS), April 25, 2003

 

Mulberry seed dispersal by the red-eared slider and the common snapping turtle (with Jeff Kimmons*) Interdisciplinary Forum, April 26, 2003

 

Seed dispersal by the common snapping turtle and the red-eared slider (with J. Kimmons*).  Missouri Herpetological Association, Reis Biological Station, Steelville, Missouri September 27, 2003.

 

Diet-dependent differences in digestive ability between Terrapene carolina and Terrapene ornata (with Matt Stone*).  Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Norman, Oklahoma, May, 2004.

 

Dietary characteristics and seed germination influences of Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in a very wet year (1998) in the northeastern Sonoran Desert.  Current Research on Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert Symposium IV.  Tucson, AZ April 11-13, 2008 and IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance and Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group Annual Meeting, September 17-20, 2008.  Tucson, AZ (Poster)

 

Sex determination in Chinese Mauremys: with emphasis on M. nigricans conservation (with Ben Anders* and Paul Vander Schow).  Turtle Survival Alliance 8th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Orlando, FL.  August 18, 2010.

 

                *speaker

 

Invited Seminars and Presentations

 

The ecology of turtles in a polluted ecosystem-Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, March 10, 1978.

Status and ecology of the Illinois mud turtle-Southwest Missouri State University, Department of Biology, Springfield, Missouri, November 8, 1980.

 

Turtles and their Conservation in Belize and around the world-Belize Audubon Society, Belize City, Belize, Central America. April 4, 1984.

 

The Status and ecology of the freshwater turtles of Belize.  The Wildlife in the Everglades and Latin American Wetlands

Conference, (abstracts published), Florida.  International University, Miami. February 27, 1985

 

The marine and freshwater turtles of Belize-Biology Department Seminar, Southwest Missouri State University, March 10, 1985.

 

The ecology and conservation of the Central American river turtle in Belize-Department of Zoology Seminar, University of Arkansas, January 30, 1986.

 

Ecological characteristics of a tropical freshwater stream turtle community at Chan Chen Junction, Belize-Neotropical Turtle Symposium, Catemaco, Vera Cruz, Mexico, March 6, 1986.

 

River turtle research at Tortuguero, Costa Rica-Invited presentation to Stanford University Alumni Tour Group.  Tortuguero, Costa Rica, March 7, 1991.

 

Ecology and conservation of river turtles.  Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, August 6, 1991.

 

The ecology of beach nesting slider turtles in Costa Rica.  Third freshwater turtle symposium, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC, March 23, 1991.

 

The ecology of beach nesting slider turtles, Southwest Missouri State University, Biology Department, Springfield, MO.  November 1, 1991.

 

The ecology of beach nesting in Costa Rican slider turtles, Trachemys scripta.  Biology Department, University of Louisville. April 28, 1992.

 

Aspects of the ecology and effects of exploitation on the pancake tortoise in Tanzania (with M. Klemens).  Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Tortoises and Turtles - An International Conference.  State University of New York at Purchase.  July 14, 1993.

 

Turtles and Tortoises: From Tortuguero to Tanzania - St. Louis Herpetological Society. November 11, 1994.

 

The Plight of the Pancake Tortoise in Tanzania - Chicago Herpetological Society. March 29, 1995. 

 

Turtles as seed dispersers in tropical forests - Departments of Plant Biology, Zoology and Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. June 21, 1996.

 

The ecology and conservation of the pancake tortoise in Tanzania-Tucson Herpetological Society, July 21, 1998.

 

Ecological characteristics of the nonmarine turtles of Tortuguero, Costa Rica.  Biology Department, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, March 29, 1999

 

Preliminary studies of Chitra chitra in Thailand.  Invited presentation at Powdermill IV: International Freshwater Turtle Conference, Laughlin, Nevada.  August 14, 1999.

 

The ecology and conservation of pancake tortoises in Tanzania, East Africa.  Biology Department, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, March 15, 2001.

 

Turtles and Tortoises:  From Tortuguero to Tanzania to Thailand, Southwest Missouri Herpetological Society, Springfield Nature Center, Springfield, Missouri, June 12, 2003.

 

Saving Chitra chitra in Thailand:  A “Whole Technology” Rehab Program.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Manaus, Brazil, June 29, 2003.

 

Studies of the Thai narrow headed giant softshell, Chitra chitra in Thailand.  Turtle Survival Alliance Meeting, Orlando, Florida, August 19, 2003.

 

Pancake Tortoise Surveys in Tanzania.  Wildlife and Fisheries Department, University of Missouri – Columbia, September 23, 2004.

 

A Global Overview of River Turtle Conservation Issues.  Wildlife and Fisheries Department, University of Missouri – Columbia.  September 24, 2004

 

River Turtle Status and Ecology.  Illinois Herpetological Society, Peoria, Illinois.  July 6, 2006

 

Status and Distribution of the Narrow-Headed Giant Softshell Turtle in Thailand.  Turtle Survival Alliance Management.  St. Louis, Missouri.  August 10-13, 2006.  Presented, August 11, 2006.

 

Illinois River turtle fauna revisited.  Powdermill 6 Turtle Specialist’s Meeting.  Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona.  September 1-3, 2006.  Presented, September 3, 2006.

 

Historical and contemporary trends in the trade in aquatic chelonians and its effect on wild populations in the United States.  USFWS Workshop on Conservation and Trade Management of Freshwater and Terrestrial Turtles in the United States.  St. Louis, MO.  September 20-24, 2010. Presented September 21, 2010.

 

Natural History and Captive Breeding of the Siamese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle Chitra chitra, Keynote Address.1st Annual Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group. Conference on Captive Care and Breeding of Turtles and Tortoises. Phoenix, AZ. November 18-19, 2010. Presented November 19, 2010

 

Ingestion By a Freshwater Turtle Alters Germination of Bottomland Hardwood Seeds, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Sponsored Symposium. Legler Turtle Symposium III. Minneapolis MN. July 10-11, 2011. Presented July 11, 2011

 

Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) Alter Germination of Ingested Bottomland Hardwood Seeds.  9th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.  Joint Annual Meeting of the Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Orlando, FL August 14-17, 2011. (With Jean Elbers*) Presented August 17, 2011.

 

*Speaker

 

Research Projects Recently Completed or in Progress

 

1.  River turtle ecology and status in the central Mississippi River and its major tributaries.

 

2.  Freshwater and terrestrial turtle community ecology at Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

 

3.  Turtle ecology in Lake Taneycomo, Missouri; A hypothermic environment.

 

4.  The ecology and conservation biology of the pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) in Tanzania

 

5.  The ecology of seed dispersal syndromes involving reptiles

 

6.  The development of censoring techniques for riparian-nesting neotropical migrant birds

 

7.     The development of a hacking protocol for peregrine falcons in southwest Missouri

 

8.     The ecology of grassland birds

 

9.     The natural history and conservation of the endangered Thai narrow-headed giant softshelled turtle in Thailand

 

 

Consulting Activities

 

The Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission management and monitoring of development and planning for the Upper Mississippi River System,   1981.

 

 

The Nature Conservancy; Missouri Natural Heritage Inventory, concerning the status of Missouri Amphibians and Reptiles, 1981.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation Natural History Section; concerning the status of Missouri Amphibians and Reptiles, 1979-81.

 

Scientific Advisor for Bass Pro Shop's Kemp's Ridley sea turtle Project 1985-1995.

 

Illinois Department of Transportation endangered species consultant 1985, 1986; 1987-1988.

 

Springfield Public Library (Kickapoo Branch) - Consultant on Collection of Books in Biological Sciences, 1987.

 

Partridge Films LTD. "Monsters of Old" film project. 1996-1997

 

Graduate Students (Graduated with the M.S. or Ph.D.) Under My Chairmanship:

 

Dr. Jane Fitzgerald, M.S., (Ph.D. from University of Arkansas)

Dr. James Westgate, M.S., (Ph.D. from University of Texas)

Dr. Donnell White, M.S., (Ph.D. from Montana State University)

Dr. Kevin Jansen, M.S., (Ph.D. from, University of South Florida) 

Dr. R. Brent Thomas, M.S., (Ph.D. from Mississippi State University)

Mr. Thomas Holder, M.S.

Mr. Ronald Carr, M.S.

Mr. Kelly Derrick, M.S.

Mr. Dan Sammartano, M.S.

Ms. Lisa Turner, M.S.        

Mr. Jeffrey Cantrell, M.S.

Ms. Stacey Davis, M.S.

Mr. Tim Wilson, M.S.

Ms. Lisa Solberg, M.S.

Ms. Dawn Ford, M.S. (Ph.D. from Ohio University)

Ms. Jill Whitham, M.S..

Mr. Matt Stone, M.S. (Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University)

Mr. Jeff Kimmons, M.S. (Ph.D. from University of Arkansas)

Dr. Wachira Kitimasak, Ph.D. (degree awarded from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  I served as Co-advisor with K. Thirakhupt).

Mr. Roy King, M.S.

Mr. Matthew Greene, M.S.

Ms. Holly Etheridge, M.S.

Mr. Michael B. Anders, M.S.

Mr. Neil Dazet, M.S.

Mr. Jean Elbers, M.S.

 

Other

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Representative, Illinois Mud Turtle Endangered Species Status Public meetings, Springfield, Illinois, 1/30/80 and Muscatine, Iowa, 1/31/80.

 

Reviewer of manuscripts for the journals: Herpetologica, Herpetological Monographs, Herpetological Natural History, The American Midland  Naturalist, Copeia, Catalog of American Amphibians and Reptiles, Journal of Herpetology, Vida Silvestre Neotropical, and Herpetological Review, Journal of Wildlife Management, Journal of Zoology, Tropical Zoology, and Proceedings of the European Turtle and Tortoise Symposium.

 

Reviewer of grant proposals and manuscripts for the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation International, National Geographic Society, and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program. 

 

Membership in the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

 

Participant in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Species Survival Commission Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October, 1982.

 

Sabbatical Leave for spring semester, 1984 to conduct research on turtle ecology in Belize, Central America.

 

Co-Chairman (with R. Wilkinson) of the 1986 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and Herpetologists' League, Southwest Missouri State University, August 10-15, 1986.

 

Participant in IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Group's Conservation Strategy Meeting.  World Congress of Herpetology, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, September, 1990.

 

Sabbatical  leave for spring semester 1991:  Ecological studies of Central American river turtle communities.

 

Adjunct Faculty Member.  University of Louisville, Department of Biology.  1992-1994.

 

External Examiner for Ph.D. dissertations from Ahndra University, India, 1996: University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 1997-1998, University of Florida, 2008 and The University of Canberra, 2010.

 

Sabbatical leave granted for spring semester, 1998:  Ecological studies of saurochory syndromes in the Sonoran desert.

 

Lake Taneycomo Turtle Research featured on Missouri Outdoors Television Program –   Spring 2003

 

Appointed Chelonian Section Editor Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 2012.

 

 

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