Jeffrey Parmelee

I currently teach Anatomy & Physiology, but am an evolutionary biologist/ecologist by training.  I am primarily interested in reptiles and amphibians, but have broad interests in all vertebrates and natural history as a whole from fungi to plants to insects.  


Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology

University of Kansas


M.S., Biology

Illinois State University


B.A., Biology

Illinois Wesleyan University




Anatomy & Physiology

evolutionary biology

community & population ecology

tropical biology


Selected Publications


Wang, Y-M, J. Parmelee, Y-W Guo, and I-H Tsai. 2010. Absence of phospholipase A2 in most Crotalus horridus venom due to translation blockage: comparison with Crotalus horridus atricaudatus venom. Toxicon  56(1):93-100.


C. R. Bursey, S. R. Goldberg, and J. R. Parmelee. 2005. Helminth parasites of lizards from Reserva Cuzco Amazónico, Peru. Comparative Parisitology 72(1):50-68.


Knutson, M. G., W. B. Richardson, D. M. Reineke, B. R. Gray, J. R. Parmelee, and S. E. Weick. 2004. Agricultural ponds support amphibian populations. Ecological Applications. 14(3):669-684.


Christiansen, J. L. and J. R. Parmelee. 2003. A Key to the Eggs and Nests of Iowa Turtles.  Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science. 110(3-4):44-50.


Parmelee, J. R., M. G. Knutson, and J. E. Lyon. 2002. A field guide to amphibian larvae and eggs of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa . U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2002-004, Washington, D. C. iv + 38pp


Parmelee, J. R. 1999. Trophic ecology of a tropical anuran assemblage. Scientific Papers of the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas 11:1–59.


Meinhardt, D. J. and J. R. Parmelee. 1996. A new species of Colostethus (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Venezuela. Herpetologica 52(1):70–77.


Busby, W. and J. R. Parmelee. 1996. Historical changes in a herpetofaunal assemblage in the Flint Hills of Kansas. American Midland Naturalist 135:81–91.


Busby, W., J. T. Collins, and J. R. Parmelee. 1996. The Reptiles and Amphibians of Fort Riley and Vicinity. Kansas Biological Survey. 72 pp., 64 color photographs.


Parmelee, J. R. and C. Guyer. 1995. Sexual differences in foraging behavior of an anoline lizard, Norops humilis. J. Herpetol. 29(4):619–621.

Other Scholarly Activity

Associate Editor, Herpetological Conservation and Biology (2014-present)

Editor, Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 2004-2008; Associate Editor for Zoology 2002-3

Herpetology Subcommittee of the Iowa DNR 2008-10

Herpetological Consultant, EPA/IDOT study, Ecological assessment of compensatory wetland mitigation. 2005-2006

Co-Investigator, Amphibian and reptile surveys of Wapsipinicon river public lands in Clinton and Scott counties, Iowa. 2002

Herpetological Consultant, USGS project: Farm ponds as critical habitats for native amphibians. 2000-2


Funded Grants

Wapello County Iowa County Conservation Board, An Environmental Education Program to Monitor Plant Herpetological and Bird Populations at the Eddyville Sand Prairie Complex. 2010 ($10,720)

Blank Park Zoo Conservation Committee, Conservation of the Crawfish Frog in Iowa. 2010 ($2,500)

International Travel Course Development Grant, Simpson College, Belize. 2009 ($2,000)

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant, Simpson College, Conserving Iowa’s Rare Pit Vipers 2009 ($1,860).

City of Chariton Grant, A Survey of the Amphibians and Reptiles of a Prairie/Savannah Remnant East of Chariton in Lucas County, Iowa 2008 ($1,500)

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant, Simpson College, Online Herpetological Atlas of Iowa 2007 ($2,000).

Iowa DNR and State Advisory Board Grant (with Ryan Rehmeier), A Survey of the Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals of Woodland Mounds State Preserve, Warren County, Iowa 2007 ($5,615).

Maytag Innovation Award for Student/Faculty Research, (with Marvin Van Wyk), Online herpetological atlas of Iowa. 2004 and 2005 ($4,000).

Maytag Innovation Award for Student/Faculty Research, (with Marvin Van Wyk), Using Technology to collect ecological data in the field. 2004 ($2,000).

Iowa Science Foundation Grant (with Paul Frese), Ensuring the survival of a species: the ecology of juvenile timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in Iowa. 2002 ($2,080).

Iowa Department of Natural Resources: Surveys of public lands along the Wapsipinicon River in Scott and Clinton Counties, Iowa. Co-investigators: Drs. James Christiansen (Drake University), David McCullough (Wartburg College), Neil Bernstein (Mount Mercy College). 2001 ($27,130).

Maytag Grant for student/faculty research, The ecology and conservation of the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in an agricultural landscape. 2001 ($2,000).

Iowa Science Foundation Grant (with Paul Frese) ($4,701), Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Grant (with Paul Frese) ($1,425), The ecology and conservation of the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in an agricultural landscape. 2001.

Maytag Grant for student/faculty research (with Steven Emerman), Fluorescein Dye as a tracer for the study of soil-plant-animal water relations. 2000 ($2,000).

Maytag Grant for student/faculty research (with Ron Warnet), Geographic and ontogenetic variation in the skin toxins of the American toad, Bufo americanus. 2000 ($1,733).

Jeffrey Parmelee

Jeffrey Parmelee



Assistant Lecturer

Biddeford Campus

Morgane Hall

(207) 602-2275

On Campus