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Alan Savitzky

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Herpetology; Morphology and Chemical Ecology of Snakes

Professor & Department Head - Biology Department

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 127
DialPhone: 435-797-1909
SendEmail: savitzky@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Biology (Herpetology), University of Kansas, 1979
MA, Biology (Herpetology), University of Kansas, 1974
BA, Biology, University of Colorado, 1972

Teaching Interests

Herpetology, Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, Conservation Biology

Research Interests

evolution, morphology, development, chemical ecology, and conservation of snakes

Awards

University Professor, 2008

Old Dominion University

Robert K. Johnson Award, 2007

Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award, 2002

Old Dominion University, College of Science

Most Inspiring Faculty Member, 2000

Old Dominion University

Best Research Presentation, 1998

National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Meeting

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Savitzky, A., Velhagen, Jr., W.A, Chernoff, N., (2011). Collection and Preservation of Reptilian Embryos: Reptile Biodiversity: Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring. University of California Press

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Mohammadi, S., French, S., Neuman-Lee, L.A, Durham, S.L, Kojima, Y., Mori, A., Brodie, E.D, Savitzky, A., Corticosteroid responses of snakes to toxins from toads (bufadienolides) and plants (cardenolides) reflect differences in dietary specializations. General and Comparative Endocrinology
        • Mohammadi, S., Gompert, Z., Gonzalez, J., Takeuchi, H., Mori, A., Savitzky, A., (2016). Toxin-resistant isoforms of Na+/K+-ATPase in snakes do not closely track dietary specialization on toads. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283:1842, 20162111. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2111
        • Mohammadi, S., Brodie, E.D, Neuman-Lee, L.A, Savitzky, A., (2016). Mutations to the cardiotonic steroid binding site of Na+/K+-ATPase are associated with high level of resistance to gamabufotalin in a natricine snake. Toxicon, 114, 13-15.
        • Hutchinson, D.A, Savitzky, A., Mori, A., Burghardt, G.M, Meinwald, J., Schroeder, F.C, (2012). Chemical Investigations of defensive steroid sequestration by the Asian snake Rhabdophis tigrinus. Chemoecology, 22:3, 199-206.
        • Ray, J.M, Montgomery, C.E, Mahon, H.K, Savitzky, A., Lips, K.R, (2012). Goo-eaters: Diets of the Neotropical snakes Dipsas and Sibon in central Panama. Copeia, 2012:2, 197-202.
        • Hutchinson, D.A, Savitzky, A., Mori, A., Burghardt, G.M, Meinwald, J., Schroeder, F.C, (2012). Investigations of defensive steroid sequestration by the Asian snake Rhabdophis tigrinus. Chemoecology, 49:3
        • Mori, A., Burghardt, G.M, Savitzky, A., Roberts, K.A, Hutchinson, D.A, Goris, R.C, (2012). Nuchal glands: A novel defensive system in snakes. Chemoecology, 22:3, 187-198.
        • Savitzky, A., Mori, A., Hutchinson, D.A, Saporito, R.A, Burghardt, G.M, Lillywhite, H.B, Meinwald, J., (2012). Sequestered defensive toxins in tetrapod vertebrates: Principles, patterns, and prospects for future studies. Chemoecology, 22:3, 141-158.
        • Savitzky, A., Saporito, R.A, (2012). Sequestration of defensive toxins by tetrapod vertebrates: Contributions in memory of John W. Daly -- Dedication. Chemoecology, 22:3, 139-140. *
        • Townsend (Jr.), V.R, Proud, D.N, Savitzky, A., Marshall, M.V, (2011). Use of coconut as an oviposition site by a Neotropical harvestman (Opiliones, Cranaidae). Living World, 2011, 70-71.
        • Hutchinson, D.A, Savitzky, A., Mori, A., Meinwold, J., Schroeder, F.C, (2008). Maternal provisioning of sequestered defensive steroids by the Asian snake Rhabdophis tigrinus. Chemoecology, 18:3, 181-190.
        • Savitzky, A., Moon, B.R, (2008). Tail morphology in the Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox. Journal of Morphology, 269:8, 935-944.
        • Professional Journal

        • Mohammadi, S., Savitzky, A., Lohr, J., Dobler, S., Toad toxin-resistant snake (Thamnophis elegans) expresses high levels of mutant Na+/K+-ATPase mRNA in cardiac muscle. Gene
        • Hutchinson, D.A, Savitzky, A.H, Burghardt, G.M, Nguyen, C., Meinwald, J., Schroeder, F.C, Mori, A., (2013). Chemical defense of an Asian snake reflects local availability of toxic prey and hatchling diet. Journal of Zoology, 289:4, 270-278.
        • Savitzky, A., Hobart M. Smith as inspiration and mentor. Herpetological Review *

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Other Reports

            • Savitzky, A., Goetz, S.M, (2009). The impact of change in forest canopy on the ecology and behavior of the Canebrake Rattlesnake at Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Virginia. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Andrew Durso, Biology, August 2011
                Shabnam Mohammadi, Biology, July 2011
                Kevin Moses, Biology, July 2013 - December 2016