David A. Neely

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Contact Information:
Phone: (314) 977-3413
Fax: (314) 977-3658
E-mail: neelyda@slu.edu
Mail: Department of Biology
St. Louis University
3507 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103-2010

Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2003.
M.S., Frostburg State University, 1999.
B.S., Frostburg State University, 1993.

Research Interests: Systematics, evolution, zoogeography, historical ecology, and conservation biology of freshwater fishes. Current projects focus on using molecular and morphological datasets to assess diversity and relationships within several clades of cottids and percids distributed across North America, Europe, and Asia.


Neely, D.A., A.E. Hunter, and R.L. Mayden. 2003. Threatened Fishes of the World: Etheostoma sellare (Radcliffe & Welsh) 1913 (Percidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 67(4):340.

Neely, D., M. Rochford, R. Malecki and S.P. Mackessy. 2003. Geographic Distribution. Nerodia sipedon sipedon. Herpetological Review. 34(2):169-170.

Malecki, R., D. Neely and S.P. Mackessy. 2003. Geographic Distribution. Chelydra serpentina. Herpetological Review. 34(2):163.

Malecki, R., M. Rochford, D. Neely and S.P. Mackessy. 2003. Geographic Distribution. Coluber constrictor flaviventris. Herpetological Review. 34(2):168.

A.P. Kinziger, R.L. Raesly, and D.A. Neely. 2000. New species of Cottus (Teleostei: Cottidae) from the middle Atlantic eastern United States. Copeia 2000(4):1007-1018.


Neely, D.A., J.D. Williams, and R.L. Mayden. Two new species of Cottus (Teleostei: Cottidae) from the Tallapoosa and Chattahoochee river drain ages in Alabama and Georgia. Copeia.

Scientific Illustration:

Kazyak, P.F., R.L. Raesly, and D.A. Neely. 2003. A provisional key to the freshwater fishes of Maryland. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Annapolis, MD. . All illustrations for keys. PDF file available here.

Images also used in distributional atlas.

Boschung, H.T. and R.L. Mayden. 2003. Freshwater fishes of Alabama. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. Approximately 1/3 of illustrations for keys.

Selected Presentations:

A.P. Kinziger, R.M. Wood, and D.A. Neely. 2003. Molecular systematics and biogeography of cottoids. Society for the Study of Evolution Chico, CA.

Neely, D.A. 2003. Rapid range expansion in introduced darters (Teleostei: Etheostoma) and the paradox of dispersal in sedentary taxa. Conservation Biology, Duluth, MN.

Neely, D.A. and R.L. Mayden. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships, diversity, and zoogeography of western Cottus. American Fisheries Society, Western Division. San Diego, CA.

Neely, D.A. 2001. Reevaluation of the taxonomic status of an “albino” sculpin from subterranean waters of the Greenbrier River drainage of West Virginia. National Speleological Society, Mt. Vernon, KY.

Neely, D.A. 2001. Systematics of the mottled sculpin complex (Teleostei: Cottidae), with emphasis on populations from Western North America. European Congress of Ichthyology, Prague, Czech Republic.

Fish illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri and used with permission.