Chris Anderson Curator

Joined: Oct 17, 2011 Last Active: Dec 14, 2018

I am a biologist who's research questions tend to be aimed at understanding the morphological, biomechanical and physiological mechanisms underlying animal movement. In particular, I am interested in how these mechanisms change through evolution and across diverse natural environments. In my research I attempt to bridge the gap between form and function, between physiological processes, behavior and the environment, and in that way, provide valuable insight to how organisms exist in their natural surroundings. One way I examine these types of questions is through biomechanical examination of reptile and amphibian feeding and locomotion across a range of environmental perturbations. My fascination with the family Chamaeleonidae, however, has resulted in much of my research utilizing these animals as models for the principles I study.

I have worked with chameleons since 1997, having worked with more than 60 species to varying degrees in captivity and having studied them in many of their native and introduced habitats. I am also a member of the IUCN Chameleon Specialist Group (CSG).

Christopher V. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
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