Stewart Joseph Neifert '12
Stew Neifert '12 received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion given to a member of the graduating class distinguished for excellence of character and generous service to his fellows.
Dr. Rachel M. Goodman
Assistant Professor of Biology
Gilmer Hall , 106
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009; M.Sc., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004; B.A., Columbia University, 2001
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
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.** (In Press). Influence of geography and climate on patterns of cell size and body size in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Integrative Zoology.
Goodman RM, Miller, DL, Ararso, YT.** (In Press). Prevalence of ranavirus in Virginia turtles as detected by tissue sampling versus oral-cloacal swabbing. Northeastern Naturalist.
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). Evolutionary Ecology 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.
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
2012 Mentor, Hampden-Sydney 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
Husband Adam Paulek