Gerardo Carfagno

Assistant Professor


My research is in the areas of Behavioral and Physiological Ecology, with particular interest in reptile and amphibian species.


  • PHD, University of Illinois Urbana
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Courses Taught

BIOL 112 General Biology II
BIOL 223 Ecology
BIOL 301 Comparative Chordate Anatomy
BIOL 320 Animal Physiology
BIOL 326 Animal Behavior

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Thompson LB, Carfagno GLF, Andresen K, Sitton AJ, Bury T, Lee LL, Lerner KT, Fong PP. Differential uptake of gold nanoparticles by two species of tadpole, the wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) and the bullfrog (L. catesbeianus). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, in press.

    Fong PP, Thompson LB, Carfagno GLF, Sitton AJ. Long-term exposure to gold nanoparticles accelerates larval metamorphosis without affecting mass in wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) at environmentally relevant concentrations. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 35:2304-2310, 2016.

    Carfagno GLF, Fong PP. Growth inhibition of tadpoles exposed to sertraline in the presence of conspecifics. Journal of Herpetology 48:571-576, 2014.

    Weatherhead PJ, Sperry JH, Carfagno GLF, Blouin-Demers G. Latitudinal variation in thermal ecology of North American ratsnakes and its implications for the effect of climate warming on snakes. Journal of Thermal Biology 37:273-281, 2012.

    Carfagno GLF, Carithers JM, Mycoff LJ, Lehtinen RM. How the cricket frog lost its spot: the inducible defense hypothesis. Herpetologica 67:386-396, 2011.

    Lehtinen RM, Carfagno GLF. Habitat selection, the included niche, and coexistence in plant-specialist frogs from Madagascar. Biotropica 43:58-67, 2011.

    Weatherhead PJ, Carfagno GLF, Sperry JH, Brawn JD, Robinson SK. Linking snake behavior to nest predation in a Midwestern bird community. Ecological Applications 20:234-241, 2010.

    Sperry JH, Blouin-Demers G, Carfagno GLF, Weatherhead PJ. Latitudinal variation in seasonal activity and mortality in ratsnakes (Elaphe obsoleta). Ecology 91:1860-1866, 2010.

    Carfagno GLF, Weatherhead PJ. Ratsnake response to bottomland flooding: implications for avian nest predation. Acta Herpetologica 4:191-194, 2009.

    Carfagno GLF, Weatherhead PJ. Energetics and space use: intraspecific and interspecific comparisons of movements and home ranges of two Colubrid snakes. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:416-424, 2008.

    Carfagno GLF, Weatherhead PJ. Intraspecific and interspecific variation in use of forest-edge habitat by snakes. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:1440-1452, 2006.

    Carfagno GLF, Heske EJ, Weatherhead PJ. Does mammalian prey abundance explain forest-edge use by snakes? Ecoscience 13:293-297, 2006.