Dr. Harold Heatwole
   
Professor Harold F. Heatwole . NC State University . Department of Zoology . 140 David Clark Labs
Campus Box 7617. Raleigh, NC 27695-7617 . Office Phone: (919) 515-3122 . Email: harold_heatwole@ncsu.edu
 
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H.F. Heatwole Extracted from the bioMovies website....."Harold Heatwole is an ecologist with a BS degree in Botany, an MS in Zoology, a PhD each in Zoology and Botany, and a DSc in Herpetology. His research encompasses both invertebrates and vertebrates, has taken  him to all seven continents, and has involved vegetation dynamics; community ecology of islands and of deserts; herbivory in tree canopies; thermal ecology and water balance; diving physiology; and population biology; he is one of the foremost authorities in the world on sea snakesH. Heatwole. He has published 306 scientific articles and 7 books and edited two multi-volume series: Amphibian Biology; Ecology in Australia. He is currently editor of the journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology.  He has been president of the Australian Society of Herpetologists, the Great Barrier Reef Committee, and was Foundation President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He is a Fellow of the Explorer's Club. As a faculty member of the University of Michigan, University of Puerto Rico, The University of New England (Australia), and NC State University, he taught General Biology, Animal Diversity, Comparative Anatomy, Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Comparative Physiology, Herpetology, Biogeography, Animal Behavior, and Desert Ecology, and has organized field courses to the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos, Namib desert in southern Africia, and Antarctica. Currently, he is engaged in developing videography as a means of enhancing web-based courses in Zoology."......Harold F. Heatwole's CV...MORE>>
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Acceptance of Graduate Students
Students interested in working under my supervision can apply to the graduate program of the Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University. In exceptional cases, I supervise graduate students at other institutions.

In addition to the general requirements of NC State University, I ask each of my prospective graduate students (including those I supervise and those on whose committee I am merely a member) to supply me with the following material before I consider their application:

1. A literature review of their field of specialty in which they briefly summarize the important concepts, controversial issues and current trends. This should be about 20 pages and should cite the most important recent papers in the field. This document should be the synthesis of the student's understanding of important issues, not merely a re-phrasing of a website or published review article. It serves two functions: it demonstrates the students' understanding of their field and allows me to assess their ability to write.

2. A title and outline plan of their projected research for the thesis. This need not be detailed, but of sufficient dept to allow me to evaluate the feasibility of the proposed research and the amount of funding it will involve. I do not accept students who have not formulated clear ideas of what they want to do. The proposal should coincide with one of my major research interests and should demonstrate familiarity with my published work in that area. The broad areas in which I work, and would consider students, are: ecology, physiology or behavior of reptiles or amphibians; coevolution of venomous snakes and their prey; ecology of ants; canopy biology; ecology of tardigrades.

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Publications

By Year:  X1959-1965, 1966-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995,                     1996-2005, 2006-Present

By:   Taxon, Type, Topic, Geographic Area
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Current Projects

Biogeography of Sea Snakes
Coevolution of venomous snakes and their prey
Change in ant assenblages across environmental gradients
Herbivory in forest canopies
Development of interactive videography for distant education
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Current Expeditions
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Current TeachingH. Heatwole

 

(1) Animal Diversity

(2) Herpetology

(3) Desert Ecology

(4) Summer Field Courses Overseas

I am also available on a somewhat broader basis to serve on committees of graduate students, particularly if their work involves reptiles or amphibians. For example, someone whose main thrust is conservation but is studying amphibians or reptiles, would most appropriately be supervised by Dr. Haddad whose specialty is conservation, with me being on the committee to provide expertise in the taxon under consideration.

The graduate program in Zoology at NC State University is not highly structured. There is no overall preliminary examination common to all candidates. Rather, each committee administers its own prelim and both coverage and rigor vary from committee to committee. I believe that all biologists, regardless of their specialty, should be in command of the basic concepts in all areas of their discipline. Consequently, I favor a greater scope to preliminary examinations and require more extensive course work than is true of most committees

 
         
 
           

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