Staff Spotlight

Dr. Max A. Nickerson

Max Nickerson portrait

Curator of Herpetology
Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611



Ph.D. in Zoology, Arizona State University, 1968

Full Curriculum Vitae

Florida Museum Herpetology


Concurrent Appointments

Affiliate Professor, College of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Affiliate Professor, Center for Latin American Studies; Curator, School of Natural Resources and the Environment


Research Interests

Ecology and systematics of amphibians and reptiles.
Vertebrate populations in lotic habitats
Cryptobranchid salamander biology
Micro-fungi relationships with amphibians and reptiles
Reptilian venom glands
Effects of MS-222 on vertebrates
Retardation of regeneration in salamanders (micro-fungi and bacterial components)


Recent Courses Taught at UF

ZOO 6927 Herpetology and Climate, with Dr Lillywhite (1998)
WIS 5155 Natural History of Reptiles and Amphibians, with Dr. King (1999)
ZOO 6927 Current Research Methods in Herpetology, with Dr. Lillywhite (1999)
WIS 6934 Biology of Snakes, with Dr. King, (2000)
ZOO 2303 Vertebrate Zoology, with FLMNH team (2000, 2004)
ZOO 6927 Amphibian Declines, with Drs. Lillywhite and Storfer (2000)
ZOO 6927/4926 Herpetology, with Dr. King (2001, 2003, 2005)
ZOO 6927/4926 Herpetology with Dr. Krysko (Lecture) and Josiah Townsend (Lab) (2007)
WIS 6934 Salamander Biology with Josiah Townsend (Lab) (2009).
ZOO 6927 Snake Structure and Function with Dr. Lillywhite (2010)
WIS 6934/4934 Spring Vertebrates in Lotic Habitats (2 hrs)(2011)


Current Graduate Students

Kirsten Hecht, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Chair)
Susan V. Gruner, Entomology, PhD candidate



Dr. Kenneth L. Krysko - Collection Manager, Herpetology



Please see Curriculum Vitae for full list.