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C.M. Gienger

Professor, Curator of HerpetologyChris Gienger

Sundquist Science Complex, Room A135
P.O. Box 4718
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7076
email: giengerc@apsu.edu
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Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology), 2009
M.S. University of Nevada, Reno (Biology), 2003
B.S. Central Washington University (Biology), 2000 


Research Methods, Zoological Diversity, Herpetology

Research Interests

Ecology and Physiology of Amphibians and Reptiles

Selected Publications

Flaherty, J.P. and C.M. Gienger. 2020. Habitat selection and movement patterns of Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix) in fire-altered landscapes. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15(1)150-159.

Spencer, M.M., M. Pierson, and C.M. Gienger. 2020. Comparative energetics and thermal responses to feeding in allied Agkistrodon snakes with contrasting diet and habitat use. Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 190(3):329-339.

Mueller, A. and C.M. Gienger. 2019. Comparative thermal ecology of Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix) and Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Journal of Thermal Biology 79:73-80.

Iacchetta, M.G., K.N. Maloney, and C.M. Gienger. 2019. Endocrine stress response of Eastern Fence Lizards in fire-disturbed landscapes. Current Zoology 65(6):643-650.

Gienger, C.M., N.A. Dochtermann, and C.R. Tracy. 2019. Detecting trends in body size: Empirical and statistical requirements for intra-specific analyses. Current Zoology 65(5):493-497.

Hromada, S.J., C.A.F. Howey, M.B. Dickinson, R.W. Perry, W.M. Roosenberg, and C.M. Gienger. 2018. Response of reptile and amphibian communities to the reintroduction of fire in an oak/hickory forest. Forest Ecology and Management 428:1-13.

Wild, K.H. and C.M. Gienger. 2018. Fire-disturbed landscapes induce phenotypic plasticity in lizard locomotor performance. Journal of Zoology 305(2):96-105.