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Kent A. Vliet

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KENT A. VLIET, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Laboratories
Department of Biology
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118525
Gainesville, Florida 32511-8525
(352) 392-8130; 392-4738 Fax

email me kvliet@ufl.edu


gaping gator RESEARCH INTERESTS:
*Crocodilian Biology
*Social Behavior
*Reproductive Biology
*Energetics of Development
*Allometry of Metabolism


I am Coordinator of Laboratories for the Department of Biology. I oversee the Introductory Biology lab program, which consists of three lab courses: Integrated Principles of Biology I and II, BSC 2010L and BSC 2011L, a two semester sequence of laboratories for majors; and BSC 2009L, a laboratory for non-science majors.

I work primarily with American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), although the large number of captive crocodilians in Florida has allowed me to work with many other species in a comparative manner. Early in my career, I concentrated on aspects of social behavior. My graduate work involved detailed description and analysis of alligator courtship behaviors. I also studied other aspects of social signals, including visual and auditory displays. Some of this early work on alligator biology was featured in the National Geographic Society Television Special Realm of the Alligator, an excellent source for video images of the complex social and reproductive behaviors these animals perform.

As my current job responsibilities are largely administrative, I am unable to spend large amounts of time observing the behavior of crocodilians. In recent years, I have worked in many other areas of crocodilians biology, including aspects of anatomy, endocrinology, parasitology, and developmental energetics.

I have worked for many years with captive animals in zoo settings, especially in association with the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Due to this involvement, I have become co-chair of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association (AZA) Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG).


Here are links to sections of this page or other pages I have made. These sections consist of links only, to sites of interest to me.

*CROCODILIANS *HERPETOLOGY *ZOOS AND AQUARIA *VETERINARY MEDICINE *PERSONAL INTERESTS *ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE


HERPETOLOGY

*American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
*Herpetologist's League
*Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
*Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians
*The Center for North American Amphibians and Reptiles
*On-line herp lists for US states and Canadian provinces from CNAH
*Contemporary Herpetology On-line journal
*FLMNH Herpetology Homepage
*The Global Gecko Association
*The Froggy Page
*Herp Index
*Herp Links
*HERP.COM
*Herplit Database
*Herplit Current Herpetological Contents
*The TIGR Reptile Database
*The Basking Spot
*Kingsnake.com
*Pigmy Rattlesnake homepage
*Eric Pianka's Lab homepage
*Frank and Kate Slaven's Herpetological website
*League of Florida Herp Societies
*Australian Herpetological Directory
*Chicago Herpetological Society
*Minnesota Herpetological Society
*The Gournet Rodent


ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND AQUARIA

I work closely with the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and other zoos. If you are interested in zoos and zoo-related careers, here are some links that may interest you.
*Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)
*American Association of Zoo Keepers
*CITES
*Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
*Electronic Zoo
*International Species Information System (ISIS)
*Zoolex


VETERINARY MEDICINE

My wife, Dr. Kathy Vliet, is a veterinarian. Here clinic is Jonesville Animal Hospital in Newberry, Florida. Here are a number of links to vetmed sites on the Web.

*AVMA Homepage
*NetVet/Electronic Zoo homepage
*Veterinary Images


OTHER THINGS OF INTEREST TO ME

*Dinosaurs
*Sharks
*Gargoyles and Grotesques
*Egyptology
*Helicopters
*Cacti and Other Succulents
*Books


ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Nature Conservancy World Wildlife Fund National Public Radio Public Broadcasting System American Redcross


Last modified on 10 August, 2009.