Terence Farrell

Terence Farrell

Professor of Biology

In recent years Dr. Farrell has won both the John Hague Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and the William Hugh McEniry Award for outstanding teaching at Stetson University.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., zoology, Oregon State University
  • B.S., biology, Bucknell University

Contact

Course Sampling

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Ecology and Evolution

Areas of Expertise

  • Herpetology
  • Pigmy rattlesnakes
  • Box turtles
  • Snake fungal disease
  • Snake foraging behavior

Biography

Terence Farrell was born in 1958 and caught ring-necked snakes and red-backed salamanders in his back yard as a child. After becoming a faculty member of Stetson in 1989, he spent much of the next two decades studying pigmy rattlesnakes and box turtles at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge with Peter May and a dedicated group of Stetson University students. Approximately 20 of these students have published their work. He has also served as department chair and worked to improve Stetson University's science facilities. In recent years he has won both the John Hague Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and the William Hugh McEniry Award for outstanding teaching at Stetson University.

Research

  • Ecology
  • Behavior of turtles and rattlesnakes

Publications

  • 2017* McCoy, C.M., C.M. Lind, and T.M. Farrell. Environmental and physiological correlates of snake fungal disease infection severity in free-ranging pigmy rattlesnakes, Sistrurusmiliarius. In press Conservation Physiology.
  • 2017* T.M. Farrell, S.A. Smiley-Walters, and D.E. McColl. Prey Species Influences Foraging Behaviors: Rattlesnake (Sistrurusmiliarius) predation on ground skinks.In press Journal of Herpetology.
  • 2017* C.M. Lind, N.K. Birky, A.M. Porth, and T.M. Farrell. Vasotocin receptor blockade disrupts maternal care of offspring in a viviparous snake, Sistrurusmiliarius. in press Biology Open.
  • 2016 S.A. Smiley-Walter, T.M. Farrell, and H.L. Gibbs. Evaluating local adaptation of a complex phenotype: Reciprocal tests of pigmy rattlesnake venoms on treefrog prey" In revision for publication in Oecologia
  • 2016 J.M. Lorch, J.S. Lankton, S. Knowles, K. Michell, J.L. Edwards, J.M. Kapfer, R.A. Staffen, E.R. Wild, K.Z. Schmidt, A.E. Ballmann, D. Blodgett, T.M. Farrell, B.M. Glorioso, L.A. Last, S.J. Price, K.L. Schuler, C.E. Smith, J.F.X. Wellehan Jr., and D. S. Blehert. Snake Fungal Disease: An Emerging Threat to Wild Snakes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences.
  • 2012 C.C. Bennington and T.M. Farrell. Common Ground for Three Cultures: Concordance Among Students, Non-Science Faculty, and Science Faculty on Perceptions of Science Course Goals. MountainRise: The International Journal for Teaching and Learning. 7:1-14.
  • 2012 C.C. Bennington and T.M. Farrell. Common Ground for Three Cultures: Concordance Among Students, Non-Science Faculty, and Science Faculty on Perceptions of Science Course Goals. MountainRise: The International Journal for Teaching and Learning. 7:1-14.
  • 2012 May, P.G. and T.M. Farrell. Patterns of Growth in a Central Florida Population of Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurusmiliarius). Herpetological Monographs. 26:58-79. 
  • 2011 H.L. Gibbs, L. Sanz, J.E. Chiucchi, T.M. Farrell, and J.J. Calvete. "Proteomic analysis of ontogenetic and diet related changes in venom composition of juvenile and adult Dusky Pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)." Journal of Proteomics. 10:2169-2179.
  • 2011 Schultheis, A.S., T.M. Farrell, and E.L. Paul. "Promoting Undergraduate Research through Improved Tenure and Promotion Policies." Council for Undergraduate Research Quarterly. 31:25-31.
  • 2011 Farrell, T.M., M.A. Pilgrim, W.B. Blihovde, and P.G. May. "The Herpetofauna of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida." Southeastern Naturalist. 10:647-658.
  • 2011 Pilgrim, M.A., T.M. Farrell and P.G. May, M.R. Vollman, and R.A. Seigel. "Secondary sex ratios in six snake species." Copeia. 2011:553-558.
  • 2011 T.M. Farrell, P.G. May, and P.T. Andreadis. "Experimental manipulation of tail color does not affect foraging success in a caudal luring rattlesnake." Journal of Herpetology 45:291-293.
  • 2009 Farrell, T.M., P.G. May, and M.A. Pilgrim. "Repeatability of female reproductive traits in pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius)." Journal of Herpetology, 43:332-335.

*coauthored with a Stetson student