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I am broadly interested in the intersections of behavior, ecology, and evolution. Taxonomically, I am most passionate about herptiles, arthropods, and fungi (i.e., the slimy yet satisfying parts of organismal biology). Check out some of my ongoing research projects!


Erdmann, J. A., O. Ljustina, and C. A. Maiese. 2018. Opheodrys aestivus (Rough Greensnake). Nocturnal foraging. Herpetological Review 49:349. (Natural history note)

Erdmann, J. A.*, C. D. Godwin, M. R. Villalba-Guerra, D. C. Campbell, J. Donini, C. E. Parker, A. E. E. Rupp, C. A. Weyand, M. A. J. Partin, T Borgardt, and C. K. Beachy. 2018. Larval Life History of the Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus) in Southeast Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist 17:221–229. *Corresponding author

Erdmann, J. A., W. A. Estes-Zumpf, C. Snoberger, Z. J. Walker, and A. Pocewicz. 2018. Expanding knowledge of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Wyoming, USA. Herpetological Review 49:37–41

Godwin, C. D., O. Ljustina, and J. A. Erdmann. 2018. Gastrophryne carolinensis (Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad). Arboreal activity. Herpetological Review 49:95–96. (Natural history note)

Ljustina, O, J. A. Erdmann, and J. S. Doody. 2017. Nerodia clarkii (Saltmarsh Watersnake). Retreat site use. Herpetological Review 48:678–679. (Natural history note)

Erdmann, J. A. 2017. Hemidactylus parvimaculatus (Sri Lankan Spotted House Gecko). Herpetological Review 48:125. (Geographic distribution note)


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Just some person with an appetite for nature, among other things.

I'm James, a broadly-trained biologist with special interest in natural history – what may be considered in scientific modernity an amalgamation of biology's triple E's (ecology, ethology, and evolution). I occasionally have an idea worth turning into a research project or writing about, without fail materializing while I am knee-deep in another project or moments from sleep. But alas, I am not yet paid for these armchair duties, so I am resigned to fantasize and travail for those with more work ethic.

Some principles I [strive to] live by:

  • music is good
  • be nice to everyone, and be nicer if they're different than you
  • stop making/contributing to so much damn pollution
  • some products may be cheap, but the animal and environmental harms caused by them are not

You can reach me via email at muddynaturalist[at]gmail.com