Invasion Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles - WIS4934

Dr. Johnson catches an invasive Green Iguana Student catches invasive Knight Anole

This course will focus on the ecology and management of introduced and invasive amphibians and reptiles and their effects at the community and ecosystem levels at local, regional, and global scales. Course topics include traits of invasive and introduced species, invasion pathways, environmental characteristics that facilitate invasions, management efforts, and detailed analysis of case studies. Ecology and identification of nonindigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida will be emphasized. Information delivery will include class lectures by the course instructors and guest speakers, primary literature readings and discussion, class outings, and lab sessions. In the lab, students will learn how to identify the roughly 50 species of established amphibians and reptiles in Florida. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

This course is offered Fall semesters of even years and alternates with the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles course.

Recent Syllabus (pdf)


Student catches an invasive curlytail lizard Student captures an invasive iguana

Steve Johnson with Snapping Turtle

Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

University of Florida / IFAS
Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
301A Newins-Ziegler Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-846-0557