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Anderson Lab

Comparative Functional Morphology, Biomechanics & the Physiology of Movement

University of South Dakota, Department of Biology

Rhampholeon (Rhampholeon) spinosus

© 2007 Christopher V. Anderson

Lab Members


People in the Anderson Lab


Principal Investigator

     Christopher V. Anderson, Ph.D.

       Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

       Chair, IUCN/SSC Chameleon Specialist Group


                                                  Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2013

                                                  B.S., Cornell University, 2006


                                                  Email: Christopher.V.Anders@usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 171E

                                                  Phone: +1-605-677-3115


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Graduate Students

     Nikole Schneider

       M.S. Student


                                                  B.S., Clemson University, 2020


                                                  Rachel is a new M.S. student who started in the Fall 2020 semester after completing her undergraduate work

                                                  at Clemson University working in Richard Blob's lab there. She is currently developing her thesis work and in the

                                                  mean time is working with muscle physiology in chameleon tongues.



                                                  Email: Nikole.Schneider@coyotes.usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 181







     Positions Available!

               I am always interested in recruiting talented graduate students (M.S. & Ph.D.) to work in my lab.

               Please visit our Join the Lab page and contact me if interested!




Undergraduate Students

     Alex Bergeson



                                                  Alex is a Medical Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. He plans on attending medical

                                                  school and is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and sprint

                                                  performance in Anolis lizards.



                                                  Email: Alexander.Bergeson@coyotes.usd.edu










     Nicholas Henchal



                                                  Nick is a Biology major with a concentration in Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology. He plans on attending

                                                  medical school and is currently working in the Anderson Lab on muscle contractile physiology in Anolis lizards

                                                  and chameleon tongues.



                                                  Email: Nicholas.Henchal@coyotes.usd.edu












     Mary Lane



                                                  Mary is a dual Mathematics and Biology major with a concentration in Conservation and Biodiversity. She is  

                                                  currently working in the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working microCT scans of

                                                  chameleons.



                                                  Email: Mary.Lane@coyotes.usd.edu













     Parker Piorkowski



                                                  Parker is a Medical Biology major with a minor in Psychology. He plans on attending medical school and is

                                                  is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and sprint performance

                                                  in Anolis lizards.



                                                  Email: Parker.Piorkowski@coyotes.usd.edu













     Alexis Slack



                                                  Alexis is a triple major in Medical Biology, Neuroscience and French. She plans on going to graduate school

                                                  to continue her research and eduction, and is currently working in the Anderson Lab with micro-CT scans and

                                                  hoping to make 3D puzzles from them for education purposes.



                                                  Email: Alexis.Slack@coyotes.usd.edu













     Hannah Tysdal



                                                  Hannah is a Medical Biology major at USD. She plans on attending medical school and is currently working in

                                                  the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working microCT scans of chameleons.



                                                  Email: Hannah.Tysdal@coyotes.usd.edu














     Brady Woldt



                                                  Brady is a Biology major with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. He plans on attending dental school and is

                                                  currently working in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and stride dynamics in

                                                  Anolis lizards.



                                                  Email: Brady.Woldt@coyotes.usd.edu










     Positions Available!

               I am currently seeking a number of undergraduate students to work on various projects in my lab.

               Please visit our Join the Lab page and contact me if interested!



Anderson Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

     Rachel Drown, M.S. Student; Rachel was a M.S. student who graduated in 2020. She was interested in the behavioral ecology of chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) and examined the functional basis for variation in antipredatory behavior decisions in Chamaeleo calyptratus through ontogeny and in different environment types. She is currently working at the Saint Louis Zoo.


Undergraduate Students

     Lucas Crownover; Lucas was a Medical Biology major who graduated in 2020. He worked in the Anderson Lab on the comparative functional and evolutionary morphology of the chameleon axial skeleton using microCT scans from the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project. He is currently attending nursing school.

     Mackenzie Gustafson; Mackenzie was a Medical Biology and Chemistry major who graduated in 2019. She worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection jump performance in Anolis lizards. She is currently applying to medical school.

     Marisa Helm; Marisa was a Medical Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Public Health who graduated in 2018. She worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. She is currently a MS student in Basic Biomedical Sciences at USD.

     Levi Foss; Levi worked in the Anderson Lab until 2017 on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. He is currently a pursuing his BS at SDSU.

     Nicholas Kramer; Nick was a Medical Biology Major who graduated in 2020. He worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. He will be starting medical school in 2021.

     Alexa Kruse, Honor's Thesis; Alexa was a Biology and Sustainability major who graduated in 2018. She worked in the Anderson Lab on her honor's thesis, studying retinal topography through the lifestages of the Plains Spadefoot Toad, Spea bombifrons. She is currently working in New Zealand.

     Patrick Reiter, Honor's Thesis; Patrick was a Medical Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology who graduated in 2019. He worked in the Anderson Lab on his honor's thesis, studying differences in the morphology, muscle contractile physiology, and whole organism performance in Anolis roquet from Martinique. He is currently applying for medical shool.