Stetson University

Allyson Fenwick

Brown Visiting Assistant Professor

Allyson Fenwick teaches ecology and introductory biology, and is available to discuss undergraduate research as well as entering graduate and professional schools. She has experience training students for standardized tests, and is happy to chat about the tests and strategies for getting ready. Her research concerns estimating evolutionary relationships (phylogenetics) and evaluating interesting evolutionary patterns. Fenwick's recent projects focused on all species of pitvipers, and she will continue to look at interesting characteristics of that group as well as evaluate relationships and characters of a variety of other organisms. She collects DNA using laboratory techniques as well as external characteristics using microscopy. She enjoys understanding the diversity of a group of organisms, including how they evolved the characteristics and geographic ranges seen today.


  • Ph.D., conservation biology, University of Central Florida
  • M.S., biology, University of Texas at Tyler
  • B.S., zoology, Michigan State University
  • B.A., theatre, Michigan State University

Course Topics

  • Ecology
  • Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology

Research Interests

  • Resolving evolutionary relationships from phenotypic and DNA evidence
  • Testing hypotheses about the evolution of groups and traits using those relationships


  • Fenwick, A. M., H. W. Greene, and C. L. Parkinson. 2012. "The serpent and the egg: Dollo's Law and the evolution of reproductive mode in vipers." Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 50:59-66.
  • Fenwick, A. M., R. L. Gutberlet, Jr., J. A. Evans, and C. L. Parkinson. 2009. "Morphological and molecular evidence for phylogeny and classification of South American pitvipers, genera Bothrops, Bothriopsis, and Bothrocophias (Serpentes: Viperidae)." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 156:61-640.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 386-822-8191
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