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(December 3, 1930 - February 21, 1980)
Curator, Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, Museum of Zoology


B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1952
M.S., Tulane University, 1955
Ph.D., Tulane University, 1956

Herpetological Publications:

  • 1951. Peculiar behavior of indigo snakes in captivity. Copeia, 1951:77-78.
  • 1951. The striped water snake, Natrix rigida (Say), in Texas. (With L. Curtis). Field and Lab., 19:72-74.
  • 1951. The coal skink, Eumeces anthracinus, in Texas. (With L. Curtis). Field and Lab., 19:85-86.
  • 1952. A brief outline of Texas herpetology. Mimeo. for Tex. Herp. Soc., 14 pp.
  • 1952. Notes on the salamander, Eurycea longicauda guttolineata in Fla. Field and Lab., 20:105-108.
  • 1955. A new species of Sternotherus with a discussion of the Sternotherus carinatus complex. Tulane Stud. Zool., 3:53.
  • 1955. Behavior of Natrix in aggregations. (With E. Liner). Field and Lab., 23:84.
  • 1955. A new species of Sternothaerus with a discussion of the Sternothaerus earinatus complex. (With R. G. Webb). Tulane Stud. Zoo., 3:33-67.
  • 1956. Blowguns for reptile sampling. (With W.C. Lawrence). Southwest. Nat., 3:133-134.
  • 1956. The systematics and ecology of the Sternothaerus carinatus complex. Dissertation Abstracts, pp. 1745-1746.
  • 1956. Responses of the white chromatophores of two species of prawns (Palaemonetes) to light and temperature. (With M. Fingerman). Biol. Bull., 110: 144-152.
  • 1957. Ecology, maturation and reproduction of Thamnophis sauritus proximus. Ecology, 38:69-77.
  • 1957. Tulane University field expeditions. Lacerta, 15:73-75.
  • 1958. The systematics and ecology of the Sternotherus carinatus complex. Tulane Stud. Zool., 6:69-77.
  • 1958. Experiments with censusing of southern turtle populations. Herp., 14:172-175.
  • 1959. Aspects of shell morphology of North American turtles (Abstract). Yearbook, Amer. Philos. Soc., 1959:260-262.
  • 1959. The relation of the Fall Line to the distribution and abundance of turtles. Copeia, 1959:167 -170.
  • 1959. Observations of reptiles and amphibians in a Louisiana swamp. Amer. Midl. Nat., 62:189.
  • 1959. Additional remarks on extra-uterine migration of ova in turtles. Herpetologica, 15:161-162.
  • 1959. Observations on the lizards Cnemidophorus tigris, Cnemidophorus tessellatus and Crotaphytus wislizeni. Southwest. Nat., 4:195-200.
  • 1959. Seasonal occurrence and abundance of bats (Chiroptera) in northwestern Texas. (With W.W. Milstead). Southwest. Nat., 4(3):134-142.
  • 1959. Notes on the porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) in Texas. (With W.W. Milstead). Southwest. Nat., 3:237.
  • 1960. A population of Opheodrys aestivus (Reptilia: Squamata). Copeia, 1960:29-34.
  • 1960. Another Texas record for the the Louisiana Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. (With R.W. Mitchell). Herpetologica, 16:143-144.
  • 1960. A technique for collecting reptile eggs. (With R.E. Gordon). Texas J. Sci., 12:14-16.
  • 1960. The rusty lizard, a population study by W.F. Blair (Review). Amer. Midl. Nat., 64:2 pp.
  • 1960. Sex ratios and population density in hibernating Myotis. (With W. W. Milstead). Amer. Midl. Nat., 63:327-334.
  • 1961. Geographic variation in reproduction, size, sex ratio and maturity of Sternotherus odoratus. Ecology, 42:68-76.
  • 1961. The rediscovery of the water snake Natrix harteri in western Texas with the description of a new subspecies. (With R. Conant). Southwest. Nat., 6:33-34.
  • 1961. Population structure and reproduction in the lizard Uta stansburiana stejnegeri. Amer. Midl. Nat., 66:206-234.
  • 1961. The distribution and habits of Sistrurus catenatus in northwest Texas. (With G.N. Knopf). Herpetologica, 17:126-131.
  • 1962. Variation in shell morphology of North American turtles. I. The carapacial seam arrangements. Tulane Stud. Zool., 9:331-349.
  • 1962. Home range ecology of Uta stansburiana stejnegeri. (With D. McGregor and S. Dana). Ecology, 43:223-229.
  • 1962. Reproductive potential and cycles in female Crotalus atrox from northwestern Texas. Copeia, 1962:306-313.
  • 1964. Biologically significant distribution records for amphibians and reptiles in northwestern Texas. (With G.N. Knopf). Herpetologica, 20:42-47.
  • 1965. Fat body cycling and experimental evidence for its adaptive significance to ovarian follicle development in the lizard Uta stansburiana. (With W.E. Hahn). J. Exper. Zool., 158:79-86.
  • 1965. Effect of x-radiation on the testes of the lizard Uta stansburiana stejnegeri. International J. Radiation Biol., 9:67-80.
  • 1965. Lizard reproduction: refractory period and response to warmth in Uta stansburiana females. (With L.N. Irwin). Science, 148:1613.
  • 1965. A study of hibernating populations of Myotis velifer in northwestern Texas. J. Mammalogy, 46:612-633.
  • 1965. Population structure and effective size of a lizard population. Evolution, 19:569-573.
  • 1965. Effects of radiation on the natality, density and breeding structure of a natural population of lizards, Uta stansburiana. Health Physics, 11:1595-1599.
  • 1967. Relative movements of lizards in natural populations as determined from recapture radii. (With D.W. Woodard). Ecology, 48:166-168.
  • 1967. Home range, density, dynamics and structure of a Texas population of the lizard Uta stansburiana. Pp. 5-29. In Lizard Ecology: A Symposium. Univ. Missouri Press.
  • 1967. Terrapene of western Mexico, with comments on the species groups in the genus. Copeia, 1967(1):180-187.
  • 1967. The life and demography of the side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Mich., 132:1-182.
  • 1968. A new species of Uta (Sauria: Iguanidae) from Salsipuedes Island, Gulf of California, Mexico. (With R.E. Ballinge). Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool., Univ. Mich., 656:1-6.
  • 1968. A comparative review: On Agression and the territorial imperative. Bioscience, 18:245.
  • 1968. Chromosome number in the lizard genus Uta, (Family Iguanidae). (With L.A. Pennock and M.W. Shaw). Chromosoma, 24:467-476.
  • 1968. A reinterpretation of the reproductive cycle and demography of the salamander Desmognathus ochrophaeus. (With S. Tilley). Copeia, 1968:99-303.
  • 1968. On Aggression (K. Lorenz) and The Territorial Imperative (R. Ardrey): A comparative review. (With R.D. Alexander). Bioscience, 18:245-248.
  • 1969. Fred Ray Cagle (Obituary). Copeia, 1969:220.
  • 1969. Minute y chromosome in the lizard genus Uta (Family Iguanidae). (With L.A. Pennock and M.W. Shaw). Cytogenetics, 8:9-19.
  • 1969. Evolutionary implications of comparative population studies in the lizard Uta stansburiana. Systematic Biology, pp. 133-154.
  • 1969. Interelationships of feeding habits in a population of lizards in southwestern Texas. (With W.W. Milstead). Amer. Midl. Nat., 81:491-499.
  • 1969. Reproductive variation between turtle populations in a single geographic area. (With J.W. Gibbons). Ecology, 50:340-341.
  • 1969. The concept of reproductive effort and its relation to the evolution of life histories of lizards. Amer. Nat., 103:501-516.
  • 1970. Evolutionary strategies in lizard reproduction. (With H.M. Wilbur and S.G. Tilley). Evolution, 24:55-74.
  • 1970. Comments on laboratory survivorship in two species of the lizard genus Uta. Copeia, 1970:381-383.
  • 1970. Natural selection and the parameters of population growth. (With N.G. Hairston and H.M. Wilbur). J. Wildlife Mngt., 34:681-690.
  • 1972. Systematics and evolution of the genus Uta (Sauria: Iguanidae). (With R.E. Ballinger). Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Mich., 145:1-83.
  • 1972. The role of environment in the evolution of life history differences within and between lizard species. A Symposium on Ecosytematics. Univ. Arkansas Mus. Occ. Pap. No. 4:77-109.
  • 1972. Sceloporus undulatus: A study of the intraspecific comparative demography of a lizard. (With R.E. Ballinger). Ecology, 53:570-584.
  • 1972. Reproductive ecology of a West Texas population of the greater earless lizard Cophosaurus texanus. (With R.E. Ballinger and E.D. Tyler). Amer. Midl. Nat., 88:419-428.
  • 1972. The dynamics of a Utah population of Sceloporus undulatus. Herpetologica, 28:351- 359.
  • 1973. Reproductive effort and winter activity in the viviparous montane lizard Sceloporus jarrovi. (With N. F. Hadley). Copeia, 1973:272-276.
  • 1973. A population analysis of the sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus graciosus in southern Utah. Copeia, 1973:284-296.
  • 1973. Age-dependent allozymic variation in a natural population of lizards. (With R.K. Selander). Biochemical Genetics, 8:231-237.
  • 1974. Environmental certainty, trophic level, and resource availability in life history evolution. (With H.M. Wilbur and J.P. Collins). Amer. Nat., 108:805-817.
  • 1974. Species and speciation. IN: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th Edition, pp. 449-456.
  • 1974. Turtles of the United States by Carl H. Ernst and Roger W. Barbour (Review). Q. Rev. Biol., 49:268.
  • 1975. Natural selection and the evolution of reproductive effort. (With M.F. Hirshfield). Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 72: 2227-2231.
  • 1975. Lizard reproductive effort: caloric estimates and comments on its evolution. (With N. F. Hadley). Ecology, 56:427- 434.
  • 1976. Comparative data on the population ecology of the spiny lizard, Sceloporus magister. Herpetologica, 32:1-6
  • 1977. The distribution and evolution of viviparity in reptiles. (With J.W. Gibbons). Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Mich., No. 154:1-55.
  • 1977. Biology of the Reptilia. Volume 7. Ecology and Behavior. (With C. Gans). (Co-editors). Academic Press, London. xvi + 720 pp.
  • 1978. Body size in island lizards: a cautionary tale. (With A.E. Dunham and J.W. Gibbons). Ecology, 59:1320-1328.
  • 1979. Long-term field studies. BioScience, 29:717.
  • 1981. Nesting frequency and success: implications for the demography of painted turtles. (With J.D. Congdon and P.C. Rosen). Ecology, 62:1426-1432.
  • 1982. Energy budgets and life histories of reptiles. (With J.D. Congdon and A.E. Dunham). Pp. 233-271. In C. Gans and H. Pough (eds.), Biology of the Reptilia. Vol.13. Academic Press, London.
  • 1982. Reproductive energetics of the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta). (With J.D. Congdon). Herpetologica, 37:228-237.
  • 1982. Energy expenditure in free-ranging sagebrush lizards (Sceloporus graciosus) at high elevations. (With J.D. Congdon). Canadian J. Zool., 60:1412-1416.
  • 1982. Results of experimental density manipulation in an Arizona lizard community. Ecology, 63:57-65.
  • 1983. Demography of the tree lizard, Urosaurus ornatus, in central Arizona. (With A.E. Dunham). Copeia, 1983:585-598.
  • 1983. Egg components and utilization during development in aquatic turtles. (With J.D. Congdon and P.C. Rosen). Copeia, 1983:264-268.
  • 1983. Nesting ecology and hatching success in the Blanding's turtle Emydoidea blandingi. (With J.D. Congdon, G.L. Breitenbach, and R.C. van Loben Sels). Herpetologica 39: 417-429.
  • 1986. Comparative life histories of two syntopic sceloporine lizards. (With A.E. Dunham). Copeia, 1986:1-18.
  • 1987. Reproduction, nesting ecology, and hatchling success of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in southeastern Michigan. (With J.D. Congdon, G.L. Breitenbach, and R.C. van Loben Sels). Herpetologica 43:39-54.
  • 1993. Life history and demographic variation in the lizard Sceloporus graciosus: a long-term study. (With A.E. Dunham and J.D. Congdon). Ecology, 74:2413-2429.
  • Submitted:
    • Tales of Uta tails: effects of tail autonomy on subsequent survival and growth of free-ranging hatchling Uta stansburiana. (With P.H. Niewiarowski, J.D. Congdon, A.E. Dunham, and L.J. Vitt). Canadian J. of Zool.