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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: +1-605-658-6705


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Graduate Students

     Etti O. Cooper

       Ph.D. Student


                                                  B.S., Bates College, 2022


                                                  Etti is a Ph.D. student who started in the Fall 2022 semester after completing her undergraduate work at Bates

                                                  College working on thermal and metabolic biology of ants. She is currently planning to examine intraspecific and

                                                  interspecific scaline patterns in chameleon metabolic rates, along with working on the lab's NSF CAREER

                                                  award looking at thermal adaptation in chameleon feeding among chameleons living in different thermal

                                                  environments.



                                                  Email: Etti.Cooper@coyotes.usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 187





     Michael J. Curran

       Ph.D. Student


                                                  M.S., Adelphi University, 2021

                                                  B.S., Union College, 2019


                                                  Mike is a Ph.D. student who started in the Fall 2021 semester after completing his master's work at Adelphi

                                                  University working in Andrea Ward's lab there. His dissertation research focuses on comparative chameleon

                                                  locomotor performance and kinematics.



                                                  Email: Michael.Curran01@coyotes.usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 181





     Madison G. McIntyre

       Ph.D. Student


                                                  B.S., Dickinson College, 2022


                                                  Madi is a Ph.D. student who started in the Fall 2022 semester after completing her undergraduate work at  

                                                  Dickinson College working on rain harvesting behavior in prairie rattlesnakes. She is currently planning to

                                                  examine evaporative water loss among chameleons living in different environments, along with working on the

                                                  lab's NSF CAREER award looking at thermal adaptation in chameleon feeding among chameleons living in

                                                  different thermal environments.



                                                  Email: Madison.McIntyre@coyotes.usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 187




     Nikole G. Schneider

       Ph.D. Student


                                                  B.S., Clemson University, 2020


                                                  Rachel is a Ph.D. student who started in the Fall 2020 semester after completing her undergraduate work at

                                                  Clemson University working in Richard Blob's lab there. Her dissertation research focuses on comparing the  

                                                  kinematics and motor control of chameleons feeding on typical and less mobile prey items. She has also worked

                                                  in the lab on muscle physiology in chameleon tongues.



                                                  Email: Nikole.Schneider@coyotes.usd.edu

                                                  Office: Churchill-Haines Labs 181






     Future Positions

               While I am always interested in recruiting talented graduate students (M.S. & Ph.D.) to work in my lab, I am currently a low priority

               within our department to receive another graduate student position in the near future. I encourage interested individuals to get in touch,

               however, if you might be interested in joining the lab in the future or should another funded position become available.


Undergraduate Students

     Cydney Even



                                                  Cydney is a Biology major with a concentration in Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology. She plans on

                                                  attending medical school and is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons"

                                                  project working with microCT scans of chameleons, specifically focusing on the pectoral girdle. She previously

                                                  worked in the lab on performance in Anolis lizards.




                                                  Email: Cydney.Even@coyotes.usd.edu














     Jasmin Geike



                                                  Jasmin is a Medical Biology major with a minor in Interdisciplinary Sciences. She plans on attending

                                                  medical school and is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project

                                                  working with microCT scans of chameleons, specifically focusing on the scleral ossicles.



                                                  Email: Jasmin.Geike@coyotes.usd.edu












     Dakota John



                                                  Dakota is a Medical Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. He is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the

                                                  lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working with microCT scans of chameleons, specifically focusin on the

                                                  pelvic girdle.




                                                  Email: Dakota.John@coyotes.usd.edu












     Ellie Schley



                                                  Ellie is a Medical Biology majorwith a minor in Psychology. She is currently working in the Anderson Lab on the

                                                  lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working with microCT scans of chameleons, particularly working on

                                                  forelimb and wrist variation.

                                                  



                                                  Email: Ellie.Schley@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














     Lincoln Small



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

                                                  the Anderson Lab on chameleon locomotion.



                                                  Email: Lincoln.Small@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 Zoo Knoxville.


Visiting Graduate Students

     Martin Etave, M2 Internship (M.S. Student from Sorbonne Université); Martin is a Master's student from Sorbonne Université in France. As part of his program, he is visiting the Anderson Lab for a 6-month internship (02/22-08/22), during which time he will be using our chameleon µCT scan dataset to expand a morphological character matrix and evaluate its capacity to accurately assign taxonomic positions.

     Samuel Tegge, Visiting M.S. Student (from Western Kentucky University); Samuel was a Master's student from Western Kentucky University who visited the Anderson Lab twice (05/17-01/18) to collect data on hyoid muscles associated with biotremor production in chameleons as part of a KY NSF EPSCoR grant.


Undergraduate Students

     Alex Bergeson, Honor's Thesis; Alex was a Medical Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology who graduated in 2022. He worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and sprint performance in Anolis lizards. Alex is currently in medical school at USD.

     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.

     Nicholas Henchal; Nick was a Biology major with a concentration in Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology who graduated in 2022. He worked in the Anderson Lab on muscle contractile physiology in Anolis lizards and chameleon tongues, focusing mostly on supercontracting muscle in chameleons.

     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. 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.

     Mary Lane; Mary was a dual Mathematics and Biology major with a concentration in Conservation and Biodiversity. She worked in the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working with microCT scans of chameleons.

     Parker Piorkowski; Parker was a Medical Biology Major with a minor in Psychology who graduated in 2021. He worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. He is currently applying for medical school.

     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.

     Hannah Tysdal; Hannah was a Medical Biology major at USD who graduated in 2022. She worked in the Anderson Lab on the lab's "Scan All The Chameleons" project working with microCT scans of chameleons, specifically focusing on the scleral ossicles.

     Anna Van Holland; Anna was a Medical Biology Major who worked in the lab in 2021. She worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. He is currently persuing a degree in English.

     Brady Woldt; Brady was a Medical Biology Major with minors in Psychology and Chemistry who graduated in 2021. He worked in the Anderson Lab on the connection between muscle physiology and whole organism performance in Anolis lizards. He is currently applying for dental school.