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Dept. of Biological Sciences

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Phillip Allman

Associate Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7974
Office: WH 121


  • US Fulbright Scholar, University of Ghana, 2006-2007
  • PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Ohio University, 2006
  • MS in Biology, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, 1999
  • BS in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, 1996


My teaching interest includes herpetology, zoology, conservation biology, and research methods. I enjoy offering study abroad experiences to give students unique opportunities to conduct conservation-based research in different habitats and cultures.

Current/Active Courses

  • BSC 1011 General Biology II All semesters
  • BSC 4052 Conservation Biology Annually in Fall
  • ZOO 4422C Herpetology Annually in Spring
  • BSC 4933 Current Topics: Sea Turtle Biology Annually in Fall

Previous Courses

  • BSC 1010 General Biology I
  • PCB 4674C Reptile & Amphibian Evolution
  • ISC 3120C Scientific Process


My primary research interests are in physiological ecology, population ecology, herpetology, and conservation biology. A significant amount of my research is conducted in Ghana (West Africa) where I maintain an active sea turtle research and conservation program as well as a population study on a critically endangered tortoise in Ghana’s rainforest. I have applied satellite telemetry, radio telemetry, mark-recapture, and genetic analyses to inform management decisions on these endangered animals. In Florida, I study life history evolution and population ecology of gopher tortoises. I have applied genetic, physiological, and telemetry tools to study tortoise populations living in coastal dune habitats. In the past I have mentored students on projects from amphibian morphology to avian communities to invasive species. I’m happy to help students develop research projects that is oriented toward their own interest in the broader field of ecology, zoology, and conservation.

Selected Publications/Scholarly work/etc.

  • Naccarato, A, J DeJarnette and P Allman. 2015. The successful establishment of a non-native species after a single introduction event: An investigation of ND4 variability in introduced black spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosaura similis). Journal of Herpetology. 49(2):230-236.
  • Allman, P, D Barbour, and A Agyekumhene. 2015. Loggerhead sea turtle nesting activity in Ghana. Africa Sea Turtle Newsletter, 3:13-14.
  • Agyekumhene, A, J Akwoviah, and P Allman. 2014. Perceptions from fishing communities on sea turtle status and conservation in central Ghana. Africa Sea Turtle Newsletter, 2:11-16.
  • Dutton, P, S Roden, KR Stewart, E LaCasella, P Rivalan, M Tiwari, A Formia, J Thomé, SR Livingstone, S Eckert, D Chacon-Chaverri and P Allman. 2013. Population stock structure of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Atlantic revealed using mtDNA and microsatellite markers. Conservation Genetics, 14(3):625-636.
  • Alllman, P, AR Place and WM Roosenburg. 2012. Geographic variation in egg size and lipid provisioning in the wide-ranging diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 85:442-449.
  • Naccarato, A, J DeJarnette and P Allman. 2011. Population structure following extreme long-distance dispersal: An investigation of population genetics of non-native Ctenosaura similis on Keewaydin Island, FL. Integrative and Compartive Biology, 51:230.