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

    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.