Angelo P. Bufalino
M.S., Austin Peay State University, 1999
Research Interests: While my research interests are quite broad and include studies and publications on snake biology, my dissertation research focuses on the systematic and evolutionary relationships among genera of the North American (NA) cyprinids. The Family Cyprinidae, which includes minnows and shiners, is the most diverse family of freshwater fishes worldwide. The NA cyprinids currently include 50 genera with well over 350 described species. Gaining further knowledge on the evolutionary relationships of these fishes, due to the diversity of traits within the group, will enhance our understanding of the processes involved in speciation. Several studies have looked at the systematic relationships of the NA Cyprinidae using morphological features, whereas only a small number of investigators examined molecular characters. These molecular studies have used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence data to infer relationships within this group. My research will focus on using nuclear DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships of these fishes. My data will be compared to the results of the previous morphological and mtDNA studies and these data sets might possibly be combined to provide a better overall resolution of the relationships of the NA cyprinids.
Teaching Experience: I have been a graduate teaching assistant in both my Master's and Doctoral programs, instructing laboratory courses in General Biology and Cell Structure and Function. As an undergraduate student I was a laboratory assistant in the General Biology and Herpetology courses. I have also instructed seminars on the birds and reptiles of middle Tennessee as part of Austin Peay State University's elderhostel program.
Aldridge, R.D., A. P. Bufalino, and P. Khayyat. In Press. The mating season and the conflict between courtship and feeding in the northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon). Boletin de la Asociation Herpetologica Española.
Aldridge, R.D. and A.P. Bufalino. 2003. Reproductive female common watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) are not anorexic in the wild. Journal of Herpetology 37:188-191.
Bufalino, A. P. and A. F. Scott. 2003. The distribution of Nerodia erythrogaster in the lower Cumberland River basin of Kentucky and Tennessee. Herpetological Review 34:77-78.
Bufalino, A.P. 1996. Geographic distribution. Rana clamitans melanota. Herpetological Review 27:87.
Bufalino, A.P. 1996. Geographic distribution. Eumeces laticeps. Herpetological Review 27:87.
Bufalino, A.P. 1996. Geographic distribution. Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis. Herpetological Review 27:89.
Fish illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri and used with permission.