Dr. Eric T. Simandle

Year Started at Paul Smith’s: 2006
Department: Natural Science
Program: Biology


Simandle and his colleagues recently discovered and named a new species of toad in Dixie Valley, Nev. He is currently involved in an effort to save this rare toad and the ecosystem upon which it depends from a proposed geothermal energy plant that could damage the delicate environment, where the only known Dixie Valley toads on the planet reside. Read more about the effort here.

Recent Capstone Student Research

Elicia Andrews – Phenology of amphibian migrations along Keese Mills Road, Franklin County, NY (2006)

Stephen Schlenker – The Effectiveness of Various Methods for Sampling Salamander Populations in Bradford, Vt. (2007)

Sharon Curtis – The Effects of Beach Nourishment on Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination and Estimating Hatchling Sex-Ratios of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) in Northwest Florida (2008)

Meghan Jensen (co-advised with Lee Ann Sporn) – Hunting the Avian Hunters’ terrestrial DNA: An evaluation of the feasibility of the use of molted northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) feathers for molecular analysis. (2008)

Tom Wuennens – Division of Split Relocated Clutches of Sea Turtle Nests will Increase the Percent Hatched (2009)

Joshua Snook – A Comparison of Wind Speed, Snow Depth, Temperature, and Radiation Across a Transition from Coniferous to Northern Hardwood Forests and their Influences on Wintering Adirondack White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginiansus borealis) (2010)

Brandy Bargher and Megan Long – Red Backed Salamanders (Plethadon cinereus) and Their Relationship with Forested Habitat and Cover: A population study using the Visitor Interpretive Center’s Forest Ecosystem Research Demonstration Area Plots (2010)

Joeseph Hockey – Comparing the American Feedlot Beef Industry to Cardiovascular Disease Death rates. Can a regular diet of Grass-fed Beef Save your Heart? (2011)


Interests and Activities

Research Interests:

Physiological ecology of ectotherms

  • Factors that influence the geographic distribution of ectotherms
  • Consequences of herbivory in ectotherms
  • Interactions of body temperature and diet in lizards
  • Thermal biology of reptiles and amphibians

Ecology and Population Biology

  • Implications of metapopulation dynamics for conservation strategies
  • Biogeographic influences on speciation in the Great Basin
  • Consequences of rarity and fluctuating environments to population/metapopulation persistence

Conservation Biology

  • Conservation of rare anuran amphibians
  • The use of genetic data in conservation
  • Incorporating scientific principles and experimentation in conservation
  • Survey and monitoring design for amphibian populations

Academic Background

2006 Ph.D University of Nevada, Reno Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
1997 B.S. Colorado State University Biology
1997 B.S. Colorado State University Zoology


2004       John F, Murphy, Eric T. Simandle and Dawne E. Becker

Population structure and conservation of the black toad, Bufo exsul

Dr. Eric T. Simandle

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Professor of Natrual Sciences
Freer Science – Room 204
(518) 327-6447