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David B. Lott


Associate Professor of Biology   


B.S. Iowa State University

Ph.D. Iowa State University


(W):  (814) 676-6591 Ext. 1219


Professional Associations         

NCHC - National Collegiate Honors Council

NEAAHP - Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

ASIH - American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

AIBS - American Institute of Biological Sciences

AAAS - Association for the Advancement of Science

Course Taught

BIOL 258 Anatomy and Physiology 1

BIOL 259 Anatomy and Physiology 2

Research Interests

Dr. David B. Lott earned his B.S. degree in Zoology in 1992 from Iowa State University.  In 1998, he received his Ph.D. in Zoology with an emphasis in Physiology also from Iowa State University. 

Dr. Lott's research focuses on the development of the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, in their natural setting.  Looking at the egg mass change of snapping turtle eggs throughout their incubation, he investigates the correlation between soil moisture and embryonic development.  He is also investigating the phenomenon of temperature dependent sex determination, looking at the relationship between incubation temperatures and hatchling sex.  Presently, Dr. Lott is analyzing the geographic effects on hatchling sexual development for those species widely distributed through the United States and Canada.  In addition, Dr. Lott is beginning to examine the effects of training on human performance.

Recent Publications

Ackerman, R.A. T.A. Rimkus, and D.B. Lott. (2007)  "Water Relations of Snapping Turtle Eggs."  Biology of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Eds. A.C. Steyermark, M.S. Finkler, and R. J. Brooks.  The Johns Hopkins University Press:  Baltimore, December 2007.

Ackerman, R.A., and D.B. Lott. (2004) "Thermal, hydric and respiratory climate of nests." Reptilian Incubation:  Environment, Evolution, and Behaviour. Ed. D.C. Deeming.  Nottingham University Press:  Nottingham, 2004.