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Dr. Jeff Tamplin

Dr. Jeff Tamplin
Professor
(319) 273-2327
McCollum Science Hall 23
Education: 
  • Ph.D. 1999 Louisiana State University (Biological Sciences)
  • M.S. 1988 Louisiana State University (Zoology and Physiology)
  • A.B. 1986 Augustana College (Biology; Environmental Science)


Teaching Interests: 
Courses (UNI): Evolution, Ecology, and the Nature of Science (BIOL 3100); Field Biology: Herpetology (BIOL 3174); Field Zoology of the Vertebrates (BIOL 3160); General Biology: Organismal Diversity (BIOL 2051); Courses (LSU): Introductory Zoology (BIOL 1209; ZOOL 1502); Honors Zoology (ZOOL 1203); Principles of Zoology I (ZOOL1001); Principles of Zoology II (ZOOL 1002); Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (ZOOL 2153); Biology for Science Majors I (BIOL 1201); Biology for Science Majors II (BIOL 1202); General Biology I (BIOL 1001); General Biology II (BIOL 1002); MCAT Preparation (Biology Section); Measures of Teaching Quality: UNI (Range = 0.000–4.000): Post-tenure mean = 3.853; Pre-tenure mean = 3.736; Overall mean = 3.798; LSU (Range = 0.0–10.0): 9.516 (Department mean = 7.924; College mean = 7.779); Rate My Professor Score (Range = 0.0–5.0): 4.8 (98 ratings); UNI mean = 3.68
Research: 

Jeff Tamplin's current research is focused on the ecology and conservation of the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), an endangered species of reptile in Iowa that represents a "peripheral isolate" population at the western edge of it's range. Jeff utilizes radio telemetry to determine seasonal patterns of habitat selection, home range size, activity and movement patterns, survivorship, as well as population structure and the genetics of this species in Iowa. He is particularly interested in revealing behavioral patterns that differ between sexes, age classes, geographic location, and/or local field sites with varying levels of human impact.  Jeff also studies the effects of embryonic conditions on post-hatching temperature preferences and thermoregulation ability in aquatic turtles, particularly those of hatchlings and juvenile turtles. In the past, he participated in several vertebrate paleontological research trips to the interior of Antarctica with Dr. William R. Hammer; among their most significant finds was the first terrestrial dinosaur (Cryolophosaurus ellioti) discovered on the continent.

Publications: 

Books (2):

  1. Tamplin, J. W., Stickle, W. B., and Woodring, J. P. 1997Introductory Zoology Laboratory Guide. Morton Publishing Co., Englewood, CO. 303 pp., 2nd edition.
  2. Tamplin, J. W., Stickle, W. B., and Woodring, J. P. 1994Introductory Zoology Laboratory Manual. W. C. Brown Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa. 271 pp., 1st edition. 

Journal Articles/Notes/Book Chapters (22):

  1. Literman, Robert, Radhakrishnan, Srihari, Tamplin, Jeff, Burke, Russell, Dresser, Cassie, and Valenzuela, Nicole. 2017. Development of sexing primers in Glyptemys insculpta and Apalone spinifera turtles uncovers an XX/XY sex-determining system in the critically-endangered bog turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii. Conservation Genetics Resources 9(4): 651–658. DOI 10.1007/s12686-017-0711-7.
  2. Montiel, Eugenia E., Badenhorst, Daleen, Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Burke, Russell L., and Valenzuela, Nicole. 2017. Discovery of youngest sex chromosomes reveals first case of convergent co-option of ancestral autosomes in turtles. Chromosoma 126(1): 105–113. DOI 10.1007/s00412-016-0576-7.
  3. 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.
  4. Janes, Daniel E., Organ, Christopher L., Stiglec, Rami, O’Meally, Denis, Sarre, Stephen D., Georges, Arthur, Graves, Jennifer A. M., Valenzuela, Nicole, Literman, Robert A., Rutherford, Kim, Gemmel, Neil, Iverson, John B., Tamplin, Jeffrey, W., Edwards, Scott, V., and Ezaz, Tariq. 2014. Molecular evolution of Dmrt1 accompanies change of sex-determining mechanisms in reptilia. Biology Letters 10: 20140809.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0809.
  5. 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.
  6. Tamplin, Jeffrey, W., and Cyr, Andrew, B. 2011. Effects of acclimation and egg-incubation temperature on selected temperature of hatchling Western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii). Journal of Thermal Biology 36 (2011): 507–514.  DOI 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.09.001.
  7. Tamplin, Jeffrey, W., Dostart, Alexa  D., Miller, Derek J., and Thomas, Jamie L. 2010. Geographic distribution. Plestiodon laticeps. Herpetological Review 41(4): 513.
  8. Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. 2010Apalone spinifera–Maximum Clutch Size. Herpetological Review 41(3): 344–345.
  9. Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. 2010. Geographic distribution. Apalone mutica mutica. Herpetological Review 41(2): 242.
  10. Tamplin, Jeffrey, W. 2010. Geographic distribution. Thamnophis proximus proximus. Herpetological Review 41(2): 245–246.
  11. 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.
  12. Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Husveth, Jason J., and Carolan, Amy L. 2009Emydoidea blandingii-Clutch Size. Herpetological Review. 40(2): 214.
  13. Tamplin, Jeffrey W., Snodgrass, Joel B., and Yeoman, Devin B. 2009. Glyptemys insculpta-Diet. Herpetological Review 40(1): 74–75.
  14. 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.
  15. Feltz, Jeremiah, and Tamplin, Jeff. 2007. Effect of substrate on selected temperature in juvenile spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 6(2): 177–184.
  16. Tamplin, J. W. 2006. Glyptemys insculpta-Diet.  Herpetological Review 37(4): 456–457.
  17. Tamplin, J. W. 2006. Response of hatchling wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) to an aquatic thermal gradient. Journal of Thermal Biology 31: 400–405.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Doody, J. S., and J. W. Tamplin.  1992. An efficient marking technique for softshelled turtles. Herpetological Review 23 (2): 54-56.
  21. 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.
  22. 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. 

Conference Proceedings (6):

  1. Berg, S. W., and J. W. Tamplin. 2013. Does sex affect temperature regulation and seasonal activity patterns by wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in a suburban population from Black Hawk County, Iowa? In: A. D. Walde, J. D. Riedle, E. M. Walton, and A. Currylow (Eds.) Program and Abstracts of the Eleventh Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. Turtle Survival Alliance, St. Louis, MO. pp. 15–16.
  2. Yadav, N., D. Saunders, and J. Tamplin. 2013. Comparison of blood coagulation factors and inhibitors between hibernating and non-hibernating wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta). In: A. D. Walde, J. D. Riedle, E. M. Walton, and A. Currylow (Eds.) Program and Abstracts of the Eleventh Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.  Turtle Survival Alliance, St. Louis, MO. p. 54.
  3. Hammen, J. J., and J. W. Tamplin. 2009. Does gender affect seasonal microhabitat selection by wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Butler County, Iowa? In: C. Schaffer, A. Walde, E. Walton, and R. Schaffer (Eds.) Program and Abstracts of the Seventh Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.  Turtle Survival Alliance, St. Louis, MO. p. 18.
  4. Moran, V. F., and J. W. Tamplin. 2009. Does acclimation temperature affect growth rates and movement of juvenile diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin)? In: C. Schaffer, A. Walde, E. Walton, and R. Schaffer (Eds.) Program and Abstracts of the Seventh Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.  Turtle Survival Alliance, St. Louis, MO. p. 30.
  5. Riesberg, E. J., and J. W. Tamplin. 2009.  Effects of age and acclimation temperature on selected temperature by juvenile diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). In: C. Schaffer, A. Walde, E. Walton, and R. Schaffer (Eds.) Program and Abstracts of the Seventh Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.  Turtle Survival Alliance, St. Louis, MO. p. 33.
  6. Tamplin, J. W., and W. B. Stickle. 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.

Scientific Illustrations:

  • 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.
  • Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates.  2001. Thorp, Alan P., and James H. Covich, Eds.  Brown, Kenneth M.  Chapter 10, Mollusca: Gastropoda. 70 illustrated figures on 6 plates; Figures 13–18, pp. 317–324.
  • Introductory Zoology Laboratory Guide. 1997. 115 illustrated figures. Morton Publishing Co., Englewood, Colorado, 303 pp., 1st edition.
  • Chemical Senses. 1996.  Chang, Qinhui, and John Caprio,  Electrophysiological Evidence for the Broad Distribution of Specific Odorant Receptor Molecules across the Olfactory Organ of the Channel Catfish. Illustration of Ictalurus punctatus left olfactory organ and single lamella. Figure 1. Chemical Senses 21: 521.
  • 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. Journal of Herpetology 27, Nos. 1–4.
  • Herpetological Review. 1993. Cover illustrations of several Thamnophis species, illustration of Ambystoma maculatum. Herpetological Review 25, No. 1.
  • Herpetological Review. 1992. Illustration of Rana pipiens. Herpetological Review 23(1): 41.
  • Marine Biology. 1992. Sarver, S. K., M. C. Landrum, and D. W. Foltz.  Genetics and taxonomy of ribbed muscles (Geukensia spp.). Marine Biology 113: 388, 389.
  • Marine Biology. 1990. Population genetics and systematics of the Leptasterias hexactics (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) species complex. Marine Biology 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.). Canadian Journal of Zoology 68(1): 145.

Awards and Honors:

  • 1998, 1999, 2000 Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society Award Nomination for Superior Instruction (LSU)
  • 1999 Tiger Athletic Foundation Junior Division Award for College Teaching Excellence (LSU)
  • 2004 College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education (UNI)
  • 2004 UNI Sigma XI Award for Best Undergraduate Research Poster (coauthor & research mentor)
  • 2005 Honorary Sideline Coach – UNI Women’s Soccer Team (Fall 2005)
  • 2005 Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award (UNI)
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Award Nominee for Teaching Excellence in Departmental Programs (UNI)
  • 2009 Honorary Sideline Coach – UNI Men’s Basketball Team (Spring 2009)
  • 2011 Honorary Sideline Coach – UNI Football Team (Fall 2011)
  • 2012, 2014, 2018 College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences James Lubker Research Award Finalist for Excellence in Research (UNI)
  • 2013 College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Departmental Programs (UNI)
  • 2015 UNI Graduate College Outstanding Masters Thesis (First Place), awarded to Samuel Berg (MS advisee)
  • 2016 State of Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (UNI)
  • 2016 Panther First Service Award (UNI)
  • 2017 Honorary Sideline Coach – UNI Men’s Wrestling Team (Spring 2017)
  • 2018 Apple Polishers Award  – UNI Student Ambassadors

Research Grants and Funding Awarded: [$175,283 total]

Extramural: [$127,001 total]

  • 2004 Minnesota Herpetological Society; $750, for radio telemetry of Iowa wood turtles
  • 2012 Black Hawk County Conservation Board; $2000, for wood turtle habitat research
  • 2013 United States Fish and Wildlife Service, State Wildlife Grant Program; $493,903 total ($59,358 UNI subaward – Tamplin, PI), for wood turtle habitat research [2014 - 2016]
  • 2015 Black Hawk County Conservation Board; $2000, for wood turtle habitat research
  • 2016 United States Fish and Wildlife Service, State Wildlife Grant Program; ~$400,000 total ($62,893 UNI subaward – Tamplin, PI), for wood turtle habitat research [2017 - 2019]

Intramural (UNI):  [$48,282 total] (student research awards for the Tamplin lab)

  • Investigative Biology Scholarship (2009-2010, $1000 total)
  • Career Scholars Award (2008–2009, $4000; 2009–2010, $2000; $6000 total)
  • Floyd Undergraduate Research Award (2009–2010, $2500; 2010–2011, $2500; $5000 total)
  • IAF (Intercollegiate Academics Fund): 2008 ($1,150); 2009 ($800); 2013 ($649); $2950 total
  • Good Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Biology (2009, $3000)
  • GRASP (Graduate Research Awards for Student Projects): 2011 ($750); 2012 ($1500); 2014 ($750); $3000 total
  • SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research): 2004 ($433); 2009 ($1438); 2010 ($750); $2621 total
  • SURP (Summer Undergraduate Research Program): 2007 ($3500); 2009 ($3500); 2014 ($3500); $10500 total
  • UNI Summer Fellowship (Graduate College): 2002 ($5200); 2005 ($2600); $7800 total

Honor and Professional Societies:

  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Chelonian Research Foundation; Turtle Survival Alliance
  • American Society of Zoologists
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society (full member)
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society