Biological Sciences
Arts & Sciences
Terminal Degree/Yr
Office Location
Science 220


Research Interests

I am an Evolutionary Biologist and a Herpetologist (someone that studies reptiles and amphibians).

Selected Publications

Rovatsos, M., T. Gamble, S.V. Nielsen, A. Georges, T. Ezaz, & L. Kratochvíl. 2021. Do male and female heterogamety really differ in expression regulation? Lack of global dosage balance in pygopodid geckos. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376: 20200102. 

Paluh, D.J., K. Riddell, C.M. Early, M.M. Hantak, G.F.M. Jongsma, R.M. Keeffe, F.M. Silva, S.V. Nielsen, M.C. Vallejo-Pareja, E.L. Stanley, D.C. Blackburn. 2021. Rampant tooth loss
across 200 million years of frog evolution. eLife 10:e66926.

Knox, C., R. Hitchmough, S.V. Nielsen, T. Jewell, & T. Bell. 2021. A new, enigmatic species of black-eyed gecko (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Mokopirirakau) from North Otago, New Zealand. Zootaxa 4964(1):140–156.

Heinicke, M.P., M.H. Beidoun, S.V. Nielsen, & A.M. Bauer. 2021. Phylogenetic analysis of “Breviceps adspersus” documents B. passmorei Minter et al., 2017 in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Herpetology Notes 14:397–406.

Hitchmough, R.A., S.V. Nielsen, J.A. Lysaght, & A.M. Bauer. 2021. A new species of Naultinus from the Te Paki area, northern New Zealand. Zootaxa 4915(3):389–400.

Keating, S.E., M. Blumer, L.L. Grismer, A. Lin, S.V. Nielsen, M.K. Thura, P.L. Wood Jr., E.S.H. Quah, & T. Gamble. 2021. Sex chromosome turnover in bent-toed geckos (Cyrtodactylus). Genes 12:116.

Teaching Assignments

BIOS 101 General Biology (for non-science majors) 
BIOS 109 Animal Diversity (for non-science majors)
BIOS 222L General Zoology Laboratory
BIOS 365 Herpetology

Office Hours

Fall 2021: M 12:00-14:00; T/R 13:00-17:00 (or virtually via Zoom).