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I am a vertebrate biologist, interested in ecology, behavior, morphology, and evolution. My research emphasis is population biology of amphibians and reptiles. With the use of comparative approaches, I examine morphological, ecological, and behavioral specializations that explain the current demographic status of species and communities. I am working on generating models that predict the fate of species under pressure from human disturbance.

I am establishing a long term and comparative study to address demographics and conservation of Pennsylvania's Herpetofauna. A major part of this study is being developed at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA. I am interested on life history traits, behavioral characteristics, phenotypic plasticity, and their implications for the conservation of the species. In my research strategy, I combine traditional herpetological and field ecology techniques, as well as cutting edge remote sensing (GPI) and laboratory techniques such as genetics and molecular biology. I often cooperate with intramural and extramural colleagues interested in similar topics.

I am developing permanent lines of communication and interaction with research institutions in Florida (USA), Andalucia (Spain), and Murcia (Spain). I am committed to the early involvement of students in science through my teaching and my research projects, with the goal of developing their full understanding of the scientific methodology as well as the intricacies of the biological world.

Course Responsibility

Course Responsibility

  • Vertebrate Zoology (BIO 463)
  • Organismal Diversity (BIO 162)
  • Environmental Biology (BIO 145)

Spring (even years):

  • Environmental Biology (BIO 145)
  • Ecomorphology (BIO 577)
  • Bioseminar (BIO 302) Life History Traits in Lower Vertebrates

Spring (odd years):

  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIO 370)
  • Biota of Florida (Co-taught with Dr. Heather Sahli) (BIO 425)
  • Herpetology (BIO 417)
  • Environmental Biology (BIO 145)


  • Field Research Techniques (BIO 494)
  • Introduction to Ecology (at MARINE SCIENCE CONSORTIUM, Wallops Island, VA)

Pablo Delis, PhD
Associate Professor
Dr. Pablo Delis
Ph. -  717-477-1092
FAX -  717-477-4064

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My areas of interest include vertebrates, population, biology, behavior, morphology, evolution and conservation.

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SU Vertebrate Museum

Scanning Electron Microscope

Marine Science Consortium

Campus Pond


Last Updated : Nov - 16 - 2008