Dr. Rachel M. Goodman

Dr. Rachel Goodman is Associate Professor of Biology Associate Professor of Biology
Gilmer Hall , 106
(434) 223-6705


Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009; M.Sc., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004; B.A., Columbia University, 2001

Teaching Interests

Environmental Biology, Water Resources and Environmental Biology, Ecology, Herpetology, Animal Behavior

Committees & Service to the College

Coordinator of Environmental Studies 
Environmental Studies Minor Steering Committee
Human Research Review Committee
Animal Care and Use Committee
Advisor for International Club student organization
Co-organizer for "Throwout Blowout" end of year donation program
Co-organizer for annual River Cleanups in collaboration with Clean Virginia Waterways

Committees Outside of the College

Diseases, Pathogens & Parasites Task Team of Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Planning Committee for Second International Ranavirus Symposium (2013)
Advisory Committee for Virginia Herpetological Society


**mentored undergraduate students

Goodman RM. 2013. Ranavirus in squamates. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC): Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #17.

Goodman RM, Echternacht AC, Hall JC, Deng  LD,** Welch JN.** 2013. Influence of geography and climate on patterns of cell size and body size in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Integrative Zoology.8:184-196.
Table S1 Locations of collection sites

Goodman RM, Miller, DL, Ararso, YT.** 2013. Prevalence of ranavirus in Virginia turtles as detected by tissue sampling versus oral-cloacal swabbing. Northeastern Naturalist 20:325-332.

Walguarnery JW, Goodman RM. Echternacht AC. 2012. Thermal biology and temperature selection in juvenile lizards of co-occurring native and introduced Anolis species. Journal of Herpetology 46:620-624.

Campbell-Staton S, Goodman R, Backström N, Edwards S, Losos J, Kolbe J. 2012. Out of Florida: mtDNA reveals Pleistocene migration and post-glacial range expansion of the Green Anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis). Ecology & Evolution 2: 2274-2284.

Goodman RM, Ararso, YT.** 2012. Survey of ranavirus and the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in frogs of central Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review 43:150-159.

Goodman RM, Heah TP**. 2010. Temperature-induced plasticity at cellular and organismal levels in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Integrative Zoology 5: 208-217.

Goodman RM. 2010. Evidence of divergent growth rates among populations of the lizard Anolis carolinensis based on experimental manipulations of egg size. Population Ecology. 52(1):113-122.

Goodman RM, Knapp CR, Bradley KA, Gerber GP, Alberts AC. 2009. Review of radio transmitter attachment methods for West Indian rock iguanas (genus Cyclura). Applied Herpetology 6:151-170.

Goodman RM. 2008. Latent effects of egg incubation temperature on growth in the lizard Anolis carolinensis.  Journal of Experimental Zoology 309A:1-9.

Goodman RM. 2008. Celebrate Darwin Day: an event for education and outreach in evolutionary biology. Evolution: Education & Outreach 1(3):306-311.

Goodman RM. 2008.  Students contribute to a global community through improvement of Wikipedia. The American Biology Teacher 70(3):138.

Goodman RM. 2007.  Activity patterns and foraging behavior of the endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana, Cyclura lewisi. Caribbean Journal of Science 43(1):73-86.

Goodman RM, Walguarnery JW. 2007. Incubation temperature modifies neonatal thermoregulation in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Journal of Experimental Zoology 307A(8):439-448.

Goodman RM. 2006. Effects of tail loss on growth and sprint speed of juvenile lizards, Eumeces fasciatus (Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 40(1):99-102.

Goodman RM, Burton FJ, Echternacht AC. 2005. Habitat use in the endangered iguana, Cyclura lewisi, in an unnatural setting. Animal Conservation 8(4):397-405.

Goodman RM, Echternacht AC, Burton FJ. 2005. Spatial ecology of the endangered iguana Cyclura lewisi in a disturbed setting on Grand Cayman. Journal of Herpetology 39(3):402-408.

Goodman RM, 2005. Attachment of radio transmitters in a rock iguana, Cyclura lewisi. Herpetological Review 36(2):150-152.

Goodman RM, Burton FJ. 2005. Cyclura lewisi (Grand Cayman Blue Iguana): Hatchlings. Herpetological Review 36(2):176.

Gompper ME, Goodman RM, Kays RW, Ray JC, Fiorello CV, Wade SE. 2003. A survey of the parasites of coyotes, Canis latrans, in New York based on fecal analysis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(3):712-717.

Recent Grants & Awards

2014 HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2014 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust (renewal)
2012-2013 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2012 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust (grant)
2011 HSC Faculty Summer Fellowship
2010 HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2010 HSC Honors Council Honors Summer Research Program