• Elliott 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 Issues



Animal Behavior

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Committee Assignments & Service

Secretary/Treasurer for Virginia Natural History Society 
Advisory Committee for Virginia Herpetological Society  
Environmental Studies Minor Steering Committee, H-SC 
Human Research Review Committee, H-SC 
Animal Care and Use Committee, H-SC
Advisor for International Club student organization, H-SC 
Co-organizer for annual H-SC River Cleanups in collaboration with Clean Virginia Waterways
Chair of Lectures & Programs Committee


**mentored undergraduate students

Goodman RM, Tyler JA,** Reinartz DM,** Wright AN. 2019. Survey of ranavirus and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in introduced frogs in Hawaii. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 55(3):668-672.  

Goodman RM, Hargadon KM. Carter ED**. 2018 (In press). Detection of ranavirus in Eastern Fence Lizards and Eastern Box Turtles in Central Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 25:391-398.

Michaelides SN, Goodman RM, Reed RN, Crombie RI, Kolbe JJ. 2017. Independent introductions and sequential founder events shape genetic differentiation and diversity of the invasive green anole (Anolis carolinensis) on Pacific Islands. Diversity and Distributions 24(5):666-679.  

Goodman RM, Carter, ED.** 2017. Survey of herpetofauna on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College in central Virginia. Catesbeiana 37:73-89.

Carter ED**, Goodman RM. 2014. Storeria dekayi dekayi (Northern Brown Snake). County record. Catesbeiana 34(1):30-31.

Goodman RM2013. 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 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 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

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 H-SC Faculty Summer Fellowship, Recipient
2016 Dominion Higher Education Grant, Prince Edward County Environmental Molecular Biology Institute (PECEMBI), Grant Co-PI 2015 H-SC Young Democrats Ripple of Hope award for leadership and service to community, Recipient
2014 H-SC Creative Integration of Formal Instruction & Blackboard Collaborate, Gran Recipient
2014 H-SC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program, Mentor
2014 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America, renewal grant PI
2013, 2012, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & H-SC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program, Mentor
2012 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America, Grant PI
2011 H-SC Faculty Summer Fellowship
2010 H-SC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program
2010 H-SC Honors Council Honors Summer Research Program

Research Interests and potential topics for students

Research interests and potential topics for students:
Behavioral ecology, Wildlife management & conservation, Disease ecology