John Herman

Assistant Professor, Biology
Phone: (239) 590-1880
Office: WH 216


  • PhD in Ecology from University of Toledo, 2005 - 2010
  • MS in Ecology from University of Toledo, 2003 - 2005
  • BS in Zoology from Michigan State University, 1997 - 2001


Areas of interest include herpetology and ecology, as well as undergraduate biology research.

Current Courses

  • BSC 1005 Biological Science Fall & Spring
  • BSC 4910C Senior Project I: Research Fall & Spring
  • BSC 4911 Senior Project II: Presentation Fall & Spring
  • BSC 4943 Senior Project Presentation Biotech Fall & Spring
  • PCB 4674C Reptile and Amphibian Evolution Fall
  • PCB 3043C General Ecology Spring


My research program employs a combination of community, population, and behavioral ecology to address questions related to wildlife management and conservation across an urban to rural gradient, particularly herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians). I endeavor to engage both undergraduate and graduate students in all aspects of this research program building a team of collaborators that can learn from each other’s strengths. Radio telemetry, hand-held and automated, is a vital technology we utilize to make our field observations as well as standard wildlife surveys. Some of our focal species include: Crotalus adamanteus (Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake), Drymarchon couperi (Eastern Indigo Snake), Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise), and Athene cunicularia (Burrowing Owl).

Selected Scholarly Works (* = graduate student, ** = undergraduate student)

  • Jackson, S.B.*, D.W. Ceilley, J.E. Herman, and E.M. Everham. Determining home range size and habitat use of a southern population of Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) using radio telemetry. (Submitted)
  • Herman, J.E., W. Brosse, Z.S. Stone**, M. Wolok, C.U. Whelan, K.R.T. Whelan, S. Clem, and M. Rumbach. 2015. Predation on Amphiuma means (Two-toed Amphiuma) and Siren lacertina (Greater Siren) by Buteo lineatus (Red-shouldered Hawk). Herpetological Review (submitted)
  • Herman, J.E., A. Benton**, and N. Irizarry**. 2015. Cannibalism in an invasive exotic anuran, Osteopilus septentrionalis, in southern Florida. Herpetological Review 46 (1), 75-76.
  • Herman, J.E. 2014. Road effects on amphibian populations: Vehicles as a means of dispersal in treefrogs. Herpetological Review 45 (2), 203-205.