Dr. Corey Devin Anderson

Note: we are currently developing a pretty new lab page for the Anderson Lab, look for it go online during the summer of 2014!

Contact Information

 E-mail: coreanderson@valdosta.edu

Phone: 229-249-2644

Office: Bailey Science Center, Room 1208

Lab: Bailey Science Center, Room 2044


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute
  • Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • B.A., Integrative Biology (University of California at Berkeley)

Research interests

I am interested in how biodiversity is spatially distributed in landscapes and the underlying microevolutionary and ecological processes that influence these spatial patterns. Methodologically, my research combines field work, molecular-genetic lab work, and computational biology. Much of my past empirical work has been conducted on terrestrial vertebrates (esp. snakes), but, recently, I have started working on other study systems, including epiphytic plants and trees.

Teaching interest

I currently teach two upper division courses: “Ecology and Evolution” (Biology 3250) and “Spatial Analysis” (Biology 3050/6050). I am also interested in teaching courses in biometry, geographic information systems (GIS), and a variety of niche courses in ecology and evolution.

From my own experience, most biology students lack sufficient training in mathematics (esp. statistics) and scientific writing, so I tend to emphasize these skills whenever possible in my courses.

Advising philosophy

As an adviser, my general philosophy is that all students are different and hence require varying levels of independence and advising. Whenever possible, I prefer to work with undergraduate and graduate students who complement, rather than mirror, my own interests (as this is often the basis for successful collaboration). At a minimum, students who enter my lab should have some interest in spatial analysis and/or microevolutionary processes.


In print

Rosenberg MS, Anderson CD (2011) PASSaGE: Pattern Analysis, Spatial Statistics, and Geographic Exegesis. Version 2. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/j.2041.210x.2010.00081.x

Anderson CD, Rosenberg MS (2011) Variation in association with manmade edges exhibited by the Timber Rattlesnake. Journal of Herpetology 45(1): TBA.

Anderson CD, Epperson BK, Fortin M-J, Holderegger R, James PMA, Rosenberg MS, Scribner KT, Spear S (2010) The importance of spatial scale and temporal scale in landscape-genetic studies of gene flow. Molecular Ecology 19: 3565-3575.

Anderson CD (2010) Effects of movement and mating on gene flow among overwintering hibernacula of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Copeia 2010(1): 54-61.

Pearson DL, Anderson CD, Mitchell BR, Rosenberg MS, Navarrete R, Coopmans P (2010) Testing hypotheses about bird extinctions at Rio Palenque, Ecuador with informal species lists. Conservation Biology 24(2): 500-510.

Anderson CD (2009) Conservation genetics of the Desert Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii). Copeia 2009(4): 740-747.

Anderson CD, Talcott M (2006) Clinical practice versus field surgery: a discussion of the regulations and logistics of implanting radiotransmitters in snakes. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34(5): 1470-1471.

Anderson CD (2006) Utility of a set of microsatellite markers developed for the Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) for population-genetic studies of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Molecular Ecology Notes 6(2): 514-517.

Anderson CD, Drda WJ (2005) Crotalus horridus, Drinking behavior. Herpetological Review 36(4), 456-457.

Submitted for Publication

Weyer J, Jørgensen D, Schmitte T, Anderson CD* (in revision) Lack of detectable genetic differentiation between den populations of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) in a fragmented landscape. Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Anderson CD, Rosenberg MS (in revision) The Mexican Hat Dance: Expected results of Mexican Hat cross-wavelet analysis for binary patch-gap patterns. PLOSOne.

Dowling TE, Anderson CD, Marsh PC, Rosenberg MS (in review) Population structure in the roundtail chub (Gila robusta complex) of the Gila River basin as determined by microsatellites: evolutionary and conservation implications. Biological Conservation.

Anderson CD (in revision) Variation in male mating season movement paths exhibited by the Timber Rattlesnake. American Midland Naturalist.