Dr. Jeffrey D. Camper

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Dr. Jeffrey D. Camper

Professor of Biology, Coordinator of Wildlife and Fisheries Cooperative Program

Office: LSF 204E
Phone: 843-661-1418



Ph.D. 1990 (Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences), Texas A&M University, College
Station, Texas
M.A. 1985 (Biology), Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
B.S. 1982 (Zoology, chemistry minor), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,

Courses Taught:

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Bio 305)
Herpetology (Bio 312)
Evolutionary Biology (Bio 409)
Genetics (Bio 401)

Research Interests: 

My research interests include the conservation biology, ecology, and systematics of amphibians and reptiles.  Currently I am working with Ecuadorian biologists to document the herpetofauna of the Volcan Sumaco region of central Ecuador.  I have worked with undergraduate students concerning the population biology and spatial ecology of local snake species.  The Reptiles of South Carolina book has been submitted and is out for peer review.


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