Dr. Rachel M. Goodman

Dr. Rachel GoodmanAssistant 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

Human Research Review Committee
Animal Care and Use Committee
Environmental Studies Minor Steering Committee
Advisor for Circle K International student organization
Advisor for International Club student organization
Involved in various initiatives to bring a recycling program to campus
Athletics Committee
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, 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 carolinensisIntegrative 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 swabbingNortheastern 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 speciesJournal 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, USAHerpetological 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 carolinensisJournal 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.

Manuscripts Currently in Review  

** mentored undergraduate student

Goodman RM, Luck, EA.** What roles do climate and geography play in explaining variation in sexual size dimorphism of a lizard?

Recent Honors & Awards

2013 Mentor, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2012 Mentor, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2012 Jeffress Memorial Trust grant
2011 Hampden-Sydney Faculty Summer Fellowship
2010 Mentor, Hampden-Sydney Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2010 Mentor, Hampden-Sydney Honors Council Honors Summer Research
2008 UTK Yates Dissertation Fellowship
2008 UTK Science Alliance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, Division of Biology
2007, 2008 UTK Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Merit Award
2007 American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund
2007 Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Gaige Fund Award

Other Interests

Rock climbing
Art appreciation


Husband Adam Paulek