Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Faculty Curator of Herpetology
room: E251 Corson Hall
B.S. 1968, Texas Wesleyan College
M.A. 1973, University of Texas at Arlington
Ph.D. 1977, University of Tennessee
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Other Cornell Affiliations:
Faculty Curator of Herpetology, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Center for Teaching Excellence
Biodiversity, conservation, behavioral evolution, herpetology, predators, snakes
My primary conceptual interests are behavioral evolution, community ecology, and conservation biology, and I am especially interested in mammals, lizards, and snakes, particularly vipers. My main research techniques have been direct observation, facilitated by radiotelemetry, and use of museum specimens for information on distribution, diet, and reproductive biology. I work mostly in Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, addressing questions such as the origin of the rattle, factors controlling local and regional species richness, and ways that science enhances nature appreciation.
Recent Courses Taught
- BioEE 4700 Herpetology
- BioEE 1780 Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
- BioEE 6602 Graduate Field Course in Ecology
Greene, H. W. 2013. Tracks and shadows: Field biology as art. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Clark, R. W., W. S. Brown, R. Stechert, and H. W. Greene. 2012. Cryptic sociality in rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) detected by kinship analysis. Biology Letters 8:523-525.
Headland, T. N. and H. W. Greene. 2011. Hunter-gatherers and other primates as prey, predators, and competitors of snakes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:20865-20866, E1470-1474.
Sigala-Rodriguez, J. J. and H. W. Greene. 2009. Landscape change and conservation priorities: Mexican herpetofaunal perspectives at local and regional scales. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 80:231-240.
Gartner, G. and H. W. Greene. 2008. Adaptation in the African egg-eating snake: a comparative approach to a classic study in evolutionary functional morphology. Journal of Zoology (London) 275:368-374.
Greene, H. W., J. J. Sigala-Rodriguez, and B. J. Powell. 2006. Parental care in anguid lizards. South American Journal of Herpetology 1:9-19.
Donlan, C. J., H. W. Greene, et al. 2006. Pleistocene rewilding: an optimistic agenda for 21st century conservation. American Naturalist 168:660-681.
Greene, H. W. 2005. Historical influences on community ecology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102:8395-8396.
Greene, H. W. and R. W. McDiarmid. 2005. Wallace and Savage: heroes, theories, and venomous snake mimicry. Pp. 190-208 in M. A. Donnelly et al., (eds.), Ecology and evolution in the tropics: a herpetological perspective. University of Chicago Press.
Greene, H. W. 2005. Organisms in nature as a central focus for biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:23-27.