Degrees: B.A. in Biology, North Central College
M.S. in Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Post-doctoral Associate, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Expertise: Behavioral ecology, Evolution, Herpetology (especially kin selection, cannibalism, competition, life history evolution)

Research Interests

My research interests include kin selection, cannibalism, food web dynamics, and the roles of aggressive behavior and territoriality in competitive exclusion. I use predatory invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles as model systems. My students and I conduct laboratory and field studies to address these topics.

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Recent Courses

BL 156 – Principles of Biology II
BL 222 – Ecology
BL 224 – Terrestrial Ecology lecture and laboratory
BL 370 – Evolution
BL 444 – Advanced Ecology lecture and laboratory
BL 423/523 – Biology of the Amphibia lecture and laboratory
BL 478/581 – Biology Seminar

Selected Publications

Paluh, D.J., C. Eddy, K. Ivanov, C.M. Hickerson, and C.D. Anthony. 2015. Selective foraging on ants by a terrestrial polymorphic salamander. American Midland Naturalist 174:265-277.

Reiter, M.K., C.D. Anthony, and C.M. Hickerson. 2014. Territorial behavior and ecological divergence in a polymorphic salamander. Copeia 2014(3):481-488.

Acord, M.E., C.D. Anthony, and C.M.Hickerson. 2013. Assortative mating in a polymorphic salamander. Copeia 2013(4):676-683.

Hickerson, C.M., C.D. Anthony, and B.M. Walton. 2012. Interactions among forest-floor guild members in structurally simple microhabitats. American Midland Naturalist 168:30-42.

Anthony, C.D., Venesky, M.D., and C.M. Hickerson. 2008. Ecological separation in a polymorphic terrestrial salamander. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:646-653.