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Research, Professional and Creative Activity

Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation – University of Florida

M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecology, concentration in Zoology – University of Florida

B.S.Ed., Environmental Education – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

A.A., General Studies – Butler County Community College, Pennsylvania 

Area of Research 

My research primarily centers on the conservation ecology of turtles and tortoises. 

Professional Profile

I truly love teaching undergraduates. As a herpetologist, I study reptiles and amphibians. Additionally, I enjoy writing and sharing original poetry.  

Teaching and Related Service

Classes taught

  • Learning Community – High Water Rising: Science, Literature, and the Environment
  • NAS 107 – Environmental Science
  • NAS 111 – Intro to Biological Science
  • NAS 203 – Marine Biology
  • NAS 214 – Principles of Ecology
  • NAS 310 – Field Methods
  • NAS 340 – Belize Wildlife Ecology
  • NAS 331 – Evolutionary Biology
  • NAS 340 – Coastal Zoology
  • NAS 440 – Coastal Field Research Capstone
  • NAS 479 – Scientific Research Assistantship
  • NAS 491 – Independent Study

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Scientific Publications

Bishop, Nichole D., Rick Hudson, Jacob Marlin, Thomas Pop, Thomas Rainwater, Shane Boylan, Benjamin K. Atkinson, and Raymond R. Carthy. Utilizing Growth Rates to Estimate Age and Size at Sexual Maturity in the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii. Chelonian Conservation and Biology [In revision].

Dana J. Ehret and Benjamin K. Atkinson. Chapter 3: Evolutionary History and Paleontological Record. Invited book chapter – Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin. Eds., W. Roosenburg and V. Kennedy. Johns Hopkins University Press [In press].

Sheehy, Coleman M. III, Matthew T. Fedler, Tyler A. Gilbert, Margarita Hernandez, and Benjamin K. Atkinson. 2015. Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei): Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review 46(2): 215-216.

Heinrich, George L., Timothy J. Walsh, Dale R. Jackson and Benjamin K. Atkinson. 2012. Boat strikes: A Threat to the Suwannee Cooter (Pseudemys concinna suwanniensis). Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(3): 349-357.

Ehret, Dana J. and Benjamin K. Atkinson. 2012. Fossil Record of the Diamond-Backed Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin (Testudines: Emydidae). Journal of Herpetology 46(3): 351-355.

Atkinson, Benjamin K. and Dale R. Jackson. 2012. Geographic Distribution: Deirochelys reticularia. Herpetological Review 43(2): 302-303.

Atkinson, Benjamin K. and Josiah H. Townsend. 2012. Geographic Distribution: Ramphotyphlops braminus. Herpetological Review 43(2): 308.

Townsend, Josiah H., Larry D. Wilson, Melissa Medina-Flores, Ephraim Aguilar-Urbina, Atkinson, Benjamin K., Cesar A. Cerrato-Mendoza, Alfonso Contreras-Castro, Levi N. Gray, Luis A. Herrera-B., Ileana R. Luque-Montes, Mayron McKewy-Mejia, Alionso Portillo-Avilez, Alexander L. Stubbs, and James D. Austin. 2012. A premontane hotspot for herpetological endemism on the windward side of Refugio de Vida Silvestre Texíguat, Honduras. Salamandra 48: 92-114.

Josiah H. Townsend, Larry D. Wilson, Cesar A. Cerrato-M., Benjamin K. Atkinson, Luis A. Herrera-B., and Mayron M. Meija. 2011. Discovery of an extant population of the critically endangered treefrog Plectrohyla chrysopleura (Anura: Hylidae) in Refugio de Vida Silvestre Texiguat, Honduras. Herpetological Bulletin 115: 22-25.

Larry D. Wilson, Josiah H. Townsend, Luis A. Herrera-B., Benjamin K. Atkinson, Cesar A. Cerrato-M., and Mayron M. Mejía. 2011. Northern and western distributional extension for Teratohyla pulverata (Peters 1873) (Anura: Centrolenidae). Herpetology Notes 4: 37-38.

Atkinson, Benjamin K. and James C. Nifong. 2009. Geographic distribution: Hemidactylus garnotii. Herpetological Review. 40(1): 112.

Atkinson, Benjamin K., and J. Michael Butler. 2008. Geographic distribution: Pseudemys nelsoni. Herpetological Review. 39(4): 481.

Butler, J. Michael and Benjamin K. Atkinson. 2008. Geographic distribution: Eleuthrodactylus planirostris. Herpetological Review. 39(3): 363.

Belzer, William R., Susan Seibert, and Benjamin K. Atkinson. 2002. Putative Chipmunk Predation of Juvenile Eastern Box Turtles. Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter 5:8-9.

Representative Juried Poetry

2018    “Dharma” and “Street Rat” – FM Quarterly: FM23 (Spring 2018), Volume 9

2010    “Unearthly Obsession” – Challenging Composition, 2nd Edition, revised. Textbook by Eric Pedersen. Published by Rainmaker Education.

2006    “Broken Lines on a Box Turtle” – Facets Literary Magazine, Commemorative Edition

2005    “He Didn’t Like Isaiah” and “3 Haiku” – Stockpot Literary Magazine

2003    “A Note for Mr. Soul” and “Glimmer and Gleam” – Facets Literary Magazine

2002    “Dirge” and “A Buckhunter’s Frustration” and “The New Muse Poetess w/ Feet Like Wings” – Facets Literary Magazine

2000    “Metaphysical Sea,” “Feral Flower,” and “Decline of Icarus” – Facets Literary Magazine 

Organizational Affiliations

Ancient City Poets

Diamondback Terrapin Working Group

Eastern Box Turtle Conservation Trust

Florida State Poets Association

Florida Turtle Conservation Trust

National Federation of State Poetry Societies

Southeastern Estuarine Research Society

Turtle Survival Alliance 

Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM