Reptile and Amphibian Research
Focusing on our diverse population of reptiles and amphibians, as well as working in labs and field sites around the world, Zoo Atlanta has a productive history of herpetological research. In recent years, our broad research interests have included veterinary and nutrition physiology of reptiles; microbiota studies on Komodo dragons and other species; impacts of emerging infectious diseases in wild amphibians; tree-of-life (phylogenetic) studies to discover how species are related to one another; discovery and naming of newly-identified species; and behavioral and natural history studies, as well as bio-mechanical and robotics research.
Our field studies have been at sites across Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Bolivia. Our staff regularly contributes and collaborates with researchers from both state and federal wildlife agencies, conservation groups and universities around the world.