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John K Tucker
Title: Herpetologist
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National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
East Alton, IL 62024
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Phone: 618-468-2859

Studies on endangered and threatened Illinois amphibians and reptiles
Examination of the effects of climatic change on the natural history of the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). Natural selection on life history traits of the red-eared slider. Population status of the Illinois chorus frog (Pseudacris illinoensis). Taxonomy of the Conoidea (Mollusca: Gastropoda).
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Myers, Erin M., Fredric J. Janzen, D. C. Adams, and John K. Tucker. 2006. Quantitative genetics of plastron shape in slider turtles (Trachemys scripta). Evolution 60:563-572.

Owen, Patrick C. and John K. Tucker. 2006. Courtship calls and behavior in two species of chorus frogs, genus Pseudacris (Anura: Hylidae). Copeia 2006(1):137-144.

Tryfonas, Anna E., John K. Tucker, Paul E. Brunkow, Kevin A. Johnson, Hussein S. Huseein, and Zhi-Qing Lin. 2006. Metal accumulation in eggs of the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) in the Lower Illinois River. Chemosphere 63:39-48.

Willette, Damian A. S., John K. Tucker, and Fredric J. Janzen, 2005. Linking climate and physiology at the population level for a key life-history stage of turtles. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83:845-850.

Tucker, John K. 2004. Catalog of Recent and fossil turrids (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Zootaxa 682:1-1295.

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Education: MS, Zoology, Illinois State University, Normal, 1977

BS, Biology, Illinois State University, Normal, 1974
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