- Professor and Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles
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- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Biology, University of New Mexico
- Ph.D. Biology, University of New Mexico
Dr. Lee Fitzgerald oversees research in The Fitzgerald Lab, which draws from the fields of population and community ecology, physiological ecology, and landscape ecology. The research program takes place in the Neotropics and the southwestern USA. In the Neotropics, Dr. Fitzgerald has worked on the reptiles and amphibians of Paraguay and the Gran Chaco, and sustainable use of biodiversity in the tropics since 1980. He conducted research on South American caimans and lizards of the genus Tupinambis (tegu lizards). In the USA, Dr. Fitzgerald has carried out a directed, long-term, research program on the lizard community in southeastern New Mexico and adjacent West Texas for 25 years, revealing mechanisms of ecological scaling in this system. His research is currently focused on further developing ideas related to conservation scaling. In the past, Dr. Fitzgerald has taught the undergraduate courses Natural History of the Vertebrates and Herpetology.
Research Interests and Specializations
Ecology, Conservation Biology, Herpetology
The Fitzgerald Lab
Research at the Fitzgerald Lab draws from the fields of population and community ecology, physiological ecology, and landscape ecology. The lab’s research in ecology, conservation biology, and herpetology is focused on a central question in conservation: “What allows a species to persist and conversely, what causes it to disappear?” The ecological answer depends on factors such as species’ life history and sensitivity to landscape change. The relative importance of these processes varies with scale. The conservation answer depends on the match between ecological scaling and conservation scaling: the extent to which conservation measures are effective at multiple scales.
Stronza, Amanda L., Carter A. Hunt and Lee A. Fitzgerald. (2019) Ecotourism for Conservation?, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033046.
Natusch, DJD, LA Fitzgerald, JA Lyons, ASC Toudonou, P. Micucci and T. Waller. (2019) Harvest monitoring of snakes in trade: a guide for wildlife managers, Occasional Paper IUCN Species Servival Commission, Monographic Series no. 65, Gland, Switzerland. x, 82p. ill. ISBN: 978-2-8317-1959-7; 978-2-8317-1967-2, https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2019.SSC-OP.65.en.
Buchholtz, Erin K.*, Lauren Redmore, Lee A. Fitzgerald, Amanda Stronza, Anna Songhurst and Graham McCulloch. (2019) Temporal Partitioning and Overlapping Use of a Shared Natural Resource by People and Elephants, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00117.
Chyn, Kristina*, Te-En Lin, Yu-Kai Chen, Chih-Yun Chen and Lee A. Fitzgerald. (2019) The magnitude of roadkill in Taiwan: Patterns and consequences revealed by citizen science, Biological Conservation, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.07.014.
Buckholtz, Erin, Lee Fitzgerald, Anna Songhurst, Graham McCulloch and Amanda Stronza. (2019) Overlapping landscape utilization by elephants and people in the Western Okavango Panhandle: implications for conflict and conservation, Landscape Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00856-1.