Dr. J.J. Apodaca

Instructor of Conservation and Genetics
Dr. Apodaca received his B.S. in Biology at the University of South Florida and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Alabama. His research focuses on prioritizing areas important to the conservation of amphibians in the southeast at both the macro and micro scales. He has worked on numerous conservation projects across the country, but is primarily focused on amphibians and reptiles. Many of his projects concentrate on some of the most imperiled species in the country, including the Red Hills salamander, bog turtles, green salamanders, hellbenders, and several other species of conservation concern.

His research combines multiple fields and methods (i.e. conservation genetics, habitat-modeling, life history studies, etc.) in order to develop and inform optimal conservation and management decisions. Dr. Apodaca served as the national Chair for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) for 4 years, working with various partners to push forward amphibian and reptile conservation. He currently is a conservation geneticist and founder of Tangled Bank Conservation, which focuses on conserving rare species nationwide. He is also a co-founder and lead scientist for What’s Your Mutt DNA, a canine genetics company. Finally, he serves as the Director of Conservation and Science for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy.