Associate Professor
Degrees: B.Sc. in Systematics and Ecology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Intensive Spanish Curriculum, La Universidad del Pacifico, Asunción, Paraguay
Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Expertise: Systematic herpetology, Skeletal morphology, and Evolutionary development

Research Interests

I am interested in herpetology, developmental morphology, and evolution.  My research primarily focuses on aspects of skeletal development in reptiles, and recently I have been studying element homology in the hands and feet of turtles.  Graduate and undergraduate students in my lab have worked on projects that include geometric morphometric analyses of shape change in the skeletons of amphibians, descriptive morphology of embryonic turtles, ecological studies of Blanding’s Turtles and Spotted Turtle (including radiotelemetry, nesting and feeding ecology, and defining niche parameters with predictive modeling).  I am actively recruiting students to work in my laboratory.

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Recent Courses

BL 159/160 – Principles of Biology III
BL 206/206L – Tropical Biology: Study Abroad in Costa Rica
BL 350/350L – Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
BL 405 – Scientific Illustration
BL 415 – Introduction to Systematic Biology
BL 426/426L – Biology of the Reptilia

Selected Publications

2009. Faivovich J, Célio FB, Haddad CFB, Baeta D, Jungfer KH, Roldão Álvares GF, Brandão RA, Sheil CA, Barrientos LS, Barrio-Amorós CL, Cruz CAG, and Wheeler WC. The phylogenetic relationships of Phyllomedusinae (Anura, Hylidae): A group of poster frogs. Cladistics 25:1–35.

2009. Sanchez-Villagra MR, Muller H, Sheil CA, Scheyer TM, Nagashima H, and Kuratani S. Skeletal Development in the Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtle Pelodiscus sinensis (Testudines: Trionychidae). J Morphol. 270(11):1381–1399.

2008. Sheil, C.A., and D. Portik. Formation and ossification of limb elements in Trachemys scripta and a discussion of autopodial elements in turtles. Zoological Science. 25:622–641

2008. Jorgensen, M. and C.A. Sheil. Effects of Temperature Regime Through Premetamorphic Ontogeny on Shape of the Chondrocranium in the American Toad, Anaxyrus americanus. Anatomical Record. 291:818–826

2006. Tulenko, F.J., and C.A. Sheil. Formation of the chondrocranium of Trachemys scripta (Reptilia: Testudines: Emydidae) and a comparison with other described turtle taxa. Journal of Morphology 268:127–151.

2005. Sheil, C.A. Osteology and skeletal development of Macrochelys temminckii (Reptilia: Chelonii: Chelydridae). Journal of Morphology. 263:71–106.

2005. Sheil, C.A., and H. Alamillo. Osteological and skeletal development of Phyllomedusa vaillanti (Anura: Hylidae: Phyllomedusinae) and a comparison of this arboreal species with a terrestrial member of the genus. Journal of Morphology. 265:343–368.

2005. Sheil, C.A., and E. Greenbaum. Reconsideration of skeletal development of Chelydra serpentina (Reptilia: Testudinata: Chelydridae): evidence for intraspecific variation. Journal of Zoology, London. 265:235–267.

2005. Mendelson, J.R. III, B.L. Williams, C.A. Sheil, and D.G. Mulchay. Systematics of the Bufo coccifer Complex (Anura: Bufonidae) of Mesoamerica. Scientific Papers, Natural History museum, The University of Kansas. 38:1–27.

2003. Sheil, C.A. Osteology and skeletal development of Apalone spinifera (Reptilia: Chelonii: Trionychidae). Journal of Morphology 256(1):42–78.