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Alison Madeline Hamilton

Assistant Teaching Professor

College of Sciences
Biological Sciences
Olsen Hall - 416


Evolution, Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Herpetology

Research Interests

Evolution, Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Herpetology


  • BA, Simon's Rock College of Bard
  • MSc, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
  • Ph D, Museum of Natural Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • Postdoc, Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center and the Center for Tropical Research, UCLA
  • Postdoc, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
  • Postdoc, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Selected Publications

  • Goldberg, S.R., Bursey, C.R., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C. (2014). Gastrointestinal Helminths in Two Species of Geckos, Gekko vittatus, Gehyra oceanica, and Five Species of Skinks, Caledoniscincus atropunctatus, Emoia cyanogaster, Emoia erronan, Emoia nigra, Emoia sanfordi (Squamata) from the Republic of Vanuatu, Oceania. Comparative Parasitology, 81(1) 67--74.
  • B\"ohm, Monika, ., Collen, B., Baillie, J.E., Bowles, P., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Hammerson, G., Hoffmann, M., Livingstone, S.R., Ram, M., others, . (2013). The conservation status of the worldÕs reptiles. Biological Conservation, 157 372--385.
  • Eckstut, M.E., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C. (2013). Variable unisexuals and uniform bisexuals: Morphology, genetics, and biogeography of the Nactus pelagicus complex on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Herpetologica, 69(2) 199--213.
  • Zug, G.R., Ineich, I., Pregill, G., Hamilton, A. (2012). Lizards of Tonga with Description of a New Tongan Treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis Group) 1. Pacific Science, 66(2) 225--237.
  • Zug, G.R., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C. (2011). A new Emoia samoensis group lizard (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Cook Islands, South-central Pacific. Zootaxa, 2765(1) 47--57.
  • Goldberg, S.R., Bursey, C.R., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C. (2011). Gastrointestinal helminth communities of two gekkonid lizard species, Nactus multicarinatus and Nactus pelagicus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), from the Republic of Vanuatu, Oceania. Journal of Natural History, 45(31-32) 1983--1993.
  • Bursey, C.R., Goldberg, S.R., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C. (2010). A new species of Falcaustra (Nematoda: Kathlaniidae) in Nactus pelagicus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Journal of Parasitology, 96(5) 968--971.
  • Hamilton, A., Klein, E.R., Austin, C.C. (2010). Biogeographic Breaks in Vanuatu, a Nascent Oceanic Archipelago1. Pacific Science, 64(2) 149--159.
  • Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V., Hamilton, A. (2010). Hoplolatilus randalli, a new species of sand tilefish (Pisces: Malacanthidae) from the tropical western Pacific with comments on the validity of H. luteus. aqua: International Journal of Ichthyology, 16(4) 171--187.
  • Eckstut, M.E., Hamilton, A., Austin, C.C., Sever, D.M. (2009). Asynchronous oviductal seasonal variation in the unisexual-bisexual Nactus pelagicus complex from the Vanuatu archipelago (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae). Animal Reproduction: New Research Developments Happauge. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 295--307.
  • Hamilton, A., Hartman, J.H., Austin, C.C. (2009). Island area and species diversity in the southwest Pacific Ocean: is the lizard fauna of Vanuatu depauperate? Ecography, 32(2) 247--258.
  • Hamilton, A., Eckstut, M.E., Klein, E.R., Austin, C.C. (2008). Clutch size in the tropical scincid lizard Emoia sanfordi, a species endemic to the Vanuatu Archipelago. Zoological Science, 25(8) 843--848.
  • Hamilton, A. (2008). Species boundaries, biogeography, and intra-archipelago genetic variation within the Emoia samoensis species group in the Vanuatu Archipelago and Oceania.
  • Hamilton, A., Klein, E.R., Eckstut, M.E., Hartfield, E.E. (2007). A simple, inexpensive method to capture arboreal lizards. Herpetol Conserv Biol, 2 164--167.
  • Hamilton, A. (2007). Use of habitats and microenvironments by juvenile Florida box turtles, Terrapene carolina bauri, on Egmont Key. Herpetologica, 63(1) 1--10.
  • Hamilton Jennings, A.M. (2003). Daily and seasonal activity patterns and movement of juvenile box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) on a Florida island. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 4 578--587.
  • Hamilton, A., Freedman, A.H., Franz, R. (2002). Effects of deer feeders, habitat and sensory cues on predation rates on artificial turtle nests. The American midland naturalist, 147(1) 123--134.

Selected Presentations

  • Addressing tricky concepts using low stakes peer review exercises - Provost's Excellence in Learning & Teaching (PELT), July 2020 - online