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Dr. Carol A. Britson

Postdoctoral Research AssociateDr. Carol Britson
Instructor of Biology
Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi

Office: 206 Shoemaker Hall
Telephone: (662) 915-7988

Research Interests:

Effects of agricultural pesticides on development and survival on reptiles and amphibians.

Development of methemoglobin assays as a biomarker for nitrate exposure in freshwater turtles.

Behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians.


The University of Memphis (Ph.D. Biology with Concentration in Vertebrate Zoology, 1996). Dissertation Title: "Behavioral Defenses Associated with Plastral Coloration in Hatchling, Freshwater Turtles."

Memphis State University (M.S. Biology with Concentration in Vertebrate Zoology, 1991). Thesis Title: "Anti predator mechanisms of hatchling, freshwater turtles."

Iowa State University (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology with minors in Botany and Journalism & Mass Communications, 1989).

University of Mississippi Teaching:

BISC 102 Inquiry Into Life/Human Biology
BISC 104 Inquiry Into Life/The Environment syllabus
BISC 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BISC 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BISC 330 Introductory Physiology
BISC 331 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
BISC 415 Vertebrate Histology syllabus
BISC 546 Herpetology

Publications, Reports, and Books:

Britson, C. A. 2003. Introductory Physiology BISC 330. McGraw-Hill Primis Online Publishing. 301 pp. ISBN: 0-390-38689-8.

Threlkeld, S.T., Britson, C. A., S. D'Surney, G. Easson, C. Ochs, M. Slattery, A. Crain and D. Schlenk. 2003. "Effects of interacting stressors in agricultural ecosystems: mesocosm and field evaluation of multi-level indicators of wetland responses." Environmental Protection Agency Award Number R826595 01 0 ($897,634), final report. Funding Period 1 October 1998 – 30 September 2002.

Britson, C. A. 2001. Final project report: status survey of the alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) in the Little Tallahatchie River Basin. Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation Funding Period 1 January 2000 – 30 June 2001.

Britson, C. A. and S. T. Threlkeld. 2000. Interactive effects of anthropogenic, environmental, and biotic stressors on multiple endpoints in Hyla chrysoscelis. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Sciences 107(3):(61-66).

Britson, C. A. and S. T. Threlkeld. 1998. Abundance, metamorphosis, developmental, and behavioral abnormalities in Hyla chrysoscelis tadpoles following exposure to three agrichemicals and methyl mercury in outdoor mesocosms. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 61(2):154-161.

Britson, C. A. 1998. Predatory responses of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) to conspicuous and cryptic hatchling, freshwater turtles: a comparative experiment. Copeia 1998(2):383-390.

Britson, C. A. and R. E. Kissell, Jr. 1996. Effects of food type on developmental characteristics of an ephemeral pond breeding anuran, Pseudacris triseriata feriarum. Herpetologica 52:374-382.

Britson, C. A. and W. H. N. Gutzke. 1993. Anti predator mechanisms of hatchling freshwater turtles. Copeia 1993(2):435 440.