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Dr. Jeff Tamplin

Dr. Jeff Tamplin
(319) 273-2327
McCollum Science Hall 23
  • Ph.D. 1999 Louisiana State University
  • M.S. 1988 Louisiana State University
  • A.B. 1986 Augustana College

Teaching Interests: 
REPTILES. Endangered species of reptiles and amphibians, particularly turtles; the temperature preferences of turtles. ANTARCTICA, ANTARCTIC PALEONTOLOGY

Jeff Tamplin's research is focused on microhabitat selection, movement and activity patterns, and population structure and genetics of the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), an endangered species in Iowa. He is also interested in temperature preferences and thermoregulation in aquatic turtles, particularly hatchlings and juveniles. In the past, he has studied Triassic and Jurassic reptile fossils from Antarctica, and the effect of acclimation temperature on growth, metamorphosis and temperature selection in tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum).

  • 2013: University of Northern Iowa, College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in Departmental Programs.
  • 2004: University of Northern Iowa, College of Natural Sciences; Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education.
  • 1999: Louisiana State University, Junior Division; Tiger Athletic Foundation College Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Published books, papers, and manuscripts:
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Moran, Victoria F., and Riesberg, Emily J. 2013. Response of juvenile diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) to an aquatic thermal gradient. Journal of Thermal Biology 38 (2013): 434-439. DOI 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2013.06.005.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. (In Press). Glyptemys insculpta (LeConte, 1830). In: J. Christiansen and J. Parmelee (eds.), Natural History of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey, W., and Cyr, Andrew, B. 2011. Effects of acclimation and egg-incubation temperature on selected temperature of hatchling Western painted turtles (Chrsemys picta bellii). Journal of Thermal Biology 36: 507-514. DOI 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.09.001.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey, W., Dostart, Alexa D., Miller, Derek J., and Thomas, Jamie L. 2010. Geographic distribution. Plestiodon laticeps. Herpetological Review 41(4): 513.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey W. 2010. Apalone spinifera–Maximum Clutch Size. Herpetological Review 41(3): 344-345.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. 2010. Geographic distribution. Apalone mutica mutica. Herpetological Review 41(2): 242.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. 2010. Geographic distribution. Thamnophis proximus proximus. Herpetological Review 41(2): 245-246.
  • Spradling, Theresa A., Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Dow, Samantha S., and Meyer, K. J. 2010. Conservation genetics of a peripherally isolated population of the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) in Iowa. Conservation Genetics (2010) 11:1667–1677. DOI 10.1007/s10592-010-0059-y.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Husveth, Jason J., and Carolan, Amy L. 2009. Emydoidea blandingii-Clutch Size. Herpetological Review. 40(2): 214.
  • Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Snodgrass, Joel B., and Yeoman, Devin B. 2009. Glyptemys insculpta-Diet. Herpetological Review 40(1):74-75.
  • Tamplin, Jeff. 2009. Effect of age and body size on selected temperature by juvenile wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta). Journal of Thermal Biology 34: 41-48.
  • Feltz, J., and Tamplin, J. 2007. Effect of substrate on selected temperature in hatchling spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 6(2): 177-184.
  • Tamplin. J. W. 2006. Glyptemys insculpta-Diet. Herpetological Review 37(4): 456-457.
  • Tamplin, J. W. 2006. Response of hatchling wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) to an aqautic thermal gradient. Journal of Thermal Biology 31: 400-405.
  • Tamplin, J. W., and Stickle, W. B. 1998. Effects of temperature, feeding, and starvation on the activity and oxygen consumption rate of Leptasterias epichlora. Proceedings of the 9th International Echinoderm Conference (San Francisco). A. A. Balkema Publishing Co., Boston.
  • Tamplin, J. W., W. B. Stickle, and J. P. Woodring. 1997. Introductory Zoology Laboratory Guide. Morton Publishing Co., Englewood, CO. 303 pp., 2nd edition.
  • Foltz, D. W., J. P. Breaux, E. L. Campagnaro, S. W. Herke, A. E. Himel, A. W. Hrincevich, J. W. Tamplin, and W. B. Stickle. 1996. Limited morphological differences between genetically identified cryptic species within the Leptasterias species complex (Echinodermata: Asteroidea). Canadian Journal of Zoology 74: 1275-1283.
  • Tamplin, J. W., Stickle, W. B., and Woodring, J. P. 1994. Introductory Zoology Laboratory Manual. W. C. Brown Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa. 271 pp., 1st edition.
  • Tamplin, J. W., J. W. Demastes, and J. V. Remsen, Jr. 1993. Biochemical and morphometric relationships among some members of the Cardinalinae. The Wilson Bulletin 105 (1): 93-113.
  • Doody, J. S., and J. W. Tamplin. 1992. An efficient marking technique for softshelled turtles. Herpetological Review 23 (2): 54-56.
  • Hammer, W. R., W. J. Hickerson, S. Krippner, and J. W. Tamplin. 1991. Therapsids, temnospondyls, and dinosaurs from the Fremouw formation and Falla formations, Beardmore Glacier region, Antarctica. Antarctic Journal of the United States 26 (5): 19-20.
  • Hammer, W. R., W. J. Ryan, J. W. Tamplin, and S. L. DeFauw. 1986. New vertebrates from the Fremouw formation (Triassic) Beardmore Glacier region, Antarctica. Antarctic Journal of the United States 21 (5): 24-26.
  • Published illustrations, maps, and figures:
  • Copeia. 2009. Berendzen, P. B., W. M. Olson, and S. M. Barron. The Utility of Molecular Hyphotheses for Uncovering Morphological Diversity in the Notropis rubellus Species Complex (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae). Copeia 2009 (4): 663.
  • Introductory Zoology Laboratory Guide. 1997. 115 illustrated figures. Morton Publishing Co., Englewood, Colorado, 303 pp., 1st edition.
  • Introductory Zoology Laboratory Manual. 1994. 109 illustrated figures. W. C. Brown Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa, 271 pp., 1st edition.
  • Journal of Herpetology. 1993. Cover illustration of Apalone spinifera for Volume 27, Nos. 1 - 4.
  • Herpetological Review. 1993. Cover illustrations of several Thamnophis species, illustration of Ambystoma maculatum. Volume 25, No. 1.
  • Herpetological Review. 1992. Illustration of Rana pipiens. Volume 23 (1): 41.
  • Marine Biology. 1992. Sarver, S. K., M. C. Landrum, and D. W. Foltz. Genetics and taxonomy of ribbed muscles (Geukensia spp.). Volume 113: 388, 389.
  • Marine Biology. 1990. Population genetics and systematics of the Leptasterias hexactics (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) species complex. Volume 105: 481.
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology. 1990. Stickle, W. B., L.-L. Liu, and D. W. Foltz. Allozymic and physiological variation in populations of sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus spp.). Volume 68 (1): 145.