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Phyllomedusa vaillantii
Phyllomedusa vaillantii Ecuador, Pastaza Province. Photographed by William W. Lamar
    Nicole F. Angeli
    Predoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. Candidate (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences), Texas A&M University (Current).
M.Sc. (Conservation Biology), University of Maryland, College Park, 2012.
B.A. (Behavioral Biology), Johns Hopkins University, 2009.

Research Interests

Spatial ecology, adaptation, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. At NMNH, I am using museum specimens to understand why some lizards range-restricted by island boundaries adapt readily to environmental changes while other closely related species decline.

Selected Publications

Fitzgerald, L., Treglia, M., Angeli, N., Hibbitts, T., Leavitt, D., Subalusky, A., Lundgren, L., and Hillis-Starr, Z. 2015. Determinants of successful establishment and post-translocation dispersal of a new population of the critically endangered St. Croix ground lizard (Ameiva polops). Restoration Ecology. 23(5): 776-786. 

Angeli, N.F., Chyn, K., and Faunce, K. 2015. Ameiva exsul (Puerto Rican ground lizard) REPRODUCTION. Herpetological Review. 46(2): 249-250.

Angeli, N.F., DiRenzo, G., Cunha, A., and Lips, K.R. 2015. Effects of density on spatial aggregation and habitat associations of the glassfrog, Espadarana (Centrolene) prosoblepon. Journal of Herpetology. 49(3): 388-394.

Switzer, D., and Angeli N.F. 2016. Human and non-human migration: understanding species introduction and translocation through migration ethics. Environmental Values. Advance online early. doi:

Landon, A., van Riper, C., Angeli, N., Fitzgerald, D., and Neam, K. 2015. Growing transdisciplinary roots in the Peruvian Amazon: reflections of an experiential learning program. Journal for Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies.14(1): 2-12.

Angeli, N. F. Ameiva polops (Saint Croix Ameiva). 2013. Conservation. Caribbean Herpetology 45 (1).

Angeli, N. F., K. Auer, N. Schwartz, Z. Westfall, C. Pollock, I. Lundgren, and Z. Hillis-Starr. 2013. Ameiva polops (St. Croix Ground Lizard) Behavior. Herpetological Review 44 (3): 504.

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