Dr. George Middendorf
Department of Biology
415 College Street
206 E. E. Just Hall
Washington, DC 20059
Dr. Middendorf's research focuses on reptilian and amphibian biology with emphases on behavior,
ecology, evolution, and host-parasite interactions. He has published over 40 articles including papers on
dealing with lizard resource partitioning, ecological responses to resource availability, defensive
behaviors, and barriers to dispersal, as well as on biodiversity of a lowland amphibian community in
Bolivia. His research results appear in such scientific journals as the following: Comparative Physiology
and Biochemistry, Ecology and the Environment, Climate Change, Herpetological Review, Ecological
Bulletin, Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Capitalism, Nature and Socialism, Copeia,
Isozyme, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Southwestern Naturalist. He has written and
published book reviews, as well as book chapters that are focused on his research.
He is continuing his long-term studies of Sceloporus lizards in southeastern Arizona and of tropical
herpetofaunal communities in Suriname. He has also been involved in examining environmental justice
issues in urban areas, in implementing the Environmental Justice Section of the Ecological Society of
America, and in developing interdisciplinary and environmental studies programs at Howard University.
Dr.Middendorf has more than 30 years of experience in a diversity of foreign activities. Between 1980
and 1990, he completed research studies in Panama, Peru, and Bolivia. He studied behavioral ecology of
stomatopod crustaceans in intertidal waters of Panama, and in Peru, he conducted biological surveys of
the amphibians and reptiles of the upper Amazon, Manu National Park as part of the BIOLAT Program.
In Bolivia, he conducted a herpetofaunal survey at the Beni Biosphere Reserve during the rainy season,
and he served as an instructor for the BIOLAT Program there. In recent times, Dr. Middendorf served as
the Howard University representative to annual meetings in Costa Rica. From 2002 until present, he has
conducted herpetofaunal research in Suriname, as well as working at the University of Suriname in the
Environmental Studies Program and on university-wide development of accreditation and assessment
Although research is a major interest of Dr. Middendorf, he also teaches several graduate and
undergraduate courses at Howard University. Among the courses that he teaches or has taught are the
following: Science and Public Policy, Comparative Anatomy, Ecology, Ecological and Environmental
Biology, Environmental Studies, Ethology, Evolution, Field Zoology, Herpetology, Interdisciplinary
Research, International Studies, Animal Behavior, and Biomonitoring.
Dr. Middendorf earned his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Tennessee, his M.A. in Psychology at
Hunter College of the City University of New York, and his A.B. Degree in Psychology at Dartmouth
College. He holds membership in the following societies and advisory committee: Sigma Xi, American
Institute of Biological Sciences, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Association of
Southeastern Biologists, Ecological Society of America Herpetologists' League, Society for the Study of
Amphibians and Reptiles, and the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in
Science and Engineering.