Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson

Assistant Professor

BIOLOGY

Churchill-Haines Labs 168C

Phone: (605) 677-5961

Email: Christopher.V.Anders@usd.edu

Website: http://www.chamaeleonidae.com

Teaching Interests:

Vertebrate Anatomy & Embryology (BIOL 481/581 + L); Mechanics & Physiology of Skeletal Muscle Function (BIOL 791); Comparative Physiology (BIOL 428/528); General Biology II (BIOL 153)


Research Interests:

My research is broadly focused on understanding physiological and biomechanical systems in an ecological and evolutionary context. In my lab we examine the morphological, biomechanical and physiological mechanisms underlying animal movement in general, and how these mechanisms change through evolution and vary across environments. We apply an integrative approach, often combining laboratory and field studies, to elucidate interactions between an organism's physiology and their performance, reveal how organisms perform in their natural surroundings, and improve our understanding of the evolution of form and function. Further, while our research generally utilizes non-model organisms, the mechanistic levels we work at are broadly applicable to a wide range of taxa, including humans, and provide insight into broader functional and physiological principles.


Education:

  • Ph D, Biology (Physiology & Morphology), University of South Florida, 2013
  • BS, Animal Science, Cornell University, 2006

Grants:

  • Seismic communication in chameleons: Form and function of a novel signaling mechanism, Kentucky NSF EPSCoR. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2016 - Present)

Publications:

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  • Smith, Dustin, Vinci, Joy, Anderson, Christopher V., Ketterlin Eckles, Jennifer, Ridgley, Frank, and Mazzotti, Frank J.. Observations on nesting and clutch size in Furcifer oustaleti (Oustalet's Chameleon) in South Florida, 75-88. Vol. 15, Iss. Special Issue 8. Southeastern Naturalist, 2016. (DOI: 10.1656/058.015.sp808)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Fabre, Anne-Claire, and Herrel, Anthony. Anolis roquet. (Martinique's Anole). Coloration, 665-666. Vol. 47, Iss. 4. Herpetological Review, 2016.
  • Anderson, Christopher V.. Off like a shot: scaling of ballistic tongue projection reveals extremely high performance in small chameleons, 18625. Vol. 6. Scientific Reports, 2016. (DOI: 10.1038/srep18625)
  • Diaz, Raul E., Anderson, Christopher V., Baumann, Diana P., Kupronis, Richard, Jewell, David, Piraquive, Christina, Kupronis, Jill, Winter, Kristy, Greek, Thomas J., and Trainor, Paul A.. Captive care, raising and breeding of the veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus), 943-949. Vol. 2015, Iss. 10. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 2015. (DOI: 10.1101/pdb.prot087718)
  • Diaz, Raul E., Anderson, Christopher V., Baumann, Diana P., Kupronis, Richard, Jewell, David, Piraquive, Christina, Kupronis, Jill, Winter, Kristy, Bertocchini, Federica, and Trainor, Paul A.. The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus Dumeril and Dumeril 1851): A model for studying reptile body plan development and evolution, 889-894. Vol. 2015, Iss. 10. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 2015. (DOI: 10.1101/pdb.emo087700)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., and Higham, Timothy E.. Chameleon anatomy. In The Biology of Chameleons, 7-55. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Jenkins, Richard, Measey, G. J., Anderson, Christopher V., and Tolley, Krystal A.. Chameleon conservation. In The Biology of Chameleons, 193-216. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Higham, Timothy E., and Anderson, Christopher V.. Function and adaptation of chameleons. In The Biology of Chameleons, 63-83. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Larghi, Nicholas P., and Deban, Stephen M.. Thermal effects on the performance, motor control, and muscle dynamics of ballistic feeding in the salamander Eurycea guttolineata, 3146-3158. Vol. 217, Iss. 17. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2014. (DOI: 10.1242/jeb.105437)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., and Van Heygen, Emmanuel. On the sympatry of three Trioceros species in a tropical upland forest in Cameroon, 215-218. Vol. 49, Iss. 4. Salamandra, 2013.
  • Venesky, Matthew D., Rossa-Feres, Denise C., Nomura, Fausto, de Andrade, Gilda V., Pezzuti, Tiago L., de Sousa, Verônica T., Anderson, Christopher V., and Wassersug, Richard J.. Comparative feeding kinematics of tropical hylid tadpoles, 1928-1937. Vol. 216, Iss. 10. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2013. (DOI: 10.1242/jeb.082040)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., and Tolley, Krystal A.. Bradypodion occidentale (Hewitt, 1935) Western Dwarf Chameleon. Reproduction/Colour, 40-42. Vol. 59. African Herp News, 2013.
  • Anderson, Christopher V., and Deban, Stephen M.. Thermal effects on motor control and in vitro muscle dynamics of the ballistic tongue apparatus in chameleons, 4345-4357. Vol. 215, Iss. 24. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2012. (DOI: 10.1242/jeb.078881)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Sheridan, Thomas, and Deban, Stephen M.. Scaling of the ballistic tongue apparatus in chameleons, 1214-1226. Vol. 273, Iss. 11. Journal of Morphology, 2012. (DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20053)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., and Deban, Stephen M.. Ballistic tongue projection in chameleons maintains high performance at low temperature, 5495-5499. Vol. 107, Iss. 12. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010. (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0910778107)

Presentations:

  • Tegge, Samuel, Huskey, Steve, Smith, Michael, Anderson, Christopher, Barnett, Kenneth, Hamilton, Emily, Laslie, Kathryn. The behavioral context and mechanism of biotremors in the veiled chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus.. Presented at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX. (July 16, 2017)
  • Huskey, Steve H., Smith, Michael E., Anderson, Christopher V., Barnett, Kenneth E.. Functional diversity of the gular pouch in chameleons: Who gives a hoot!. Presented at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Austin, TX. (July 15, 2017)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Roberts, Thomas J.. The need for speed: functional specializations of locomotor and feeding muscles in Anolis lizards. Presented at the Society for Experimental Biology, Brighton, United Kingdom. (July 2016)
  • Huskey, Steve H., Anderson, Christopher V., Smith, Michael E., Barnett, Kenneth E.. Some chameleons really do "Hear it through the grapevine". Presented at the 11th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Washington D.C.. (June 2016)
  • Smith, Michael E., Huskey, Steve H., Anderson, Christopher V., Barnett, Kenneth E.. What is all the buzz about? - A novel form of seismic communication found in chameleons. Presented at the XII Congress for the International Society for Neuroethology, Montevideo, Uruguay. (March 2016)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Park, Noel R., Jain, Sukrit S., Roberts, Thomas J.. Locomotor and feeding muscles in Anolis lizards are tuned to their functional demands. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Portland, OR. (January 2016)
  • Park, Noel R., Anderson, Christopher V., Roberts, Thomas J.. Muscle twitch time limits gait dynamics in Anolis lizards. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Portland, OR. (January 2016)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Tolley, Krystal A.. Scaling of ballistic tongue projection performance in chameleons. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, West Palm Beach, FL. (January 2015)
  • Anderson, Christopher V.. Do mainland anoles share functional convergence, but not phenotypic convergence with island anoles?. Presented at the Joint Division of Vertebrate Morphology and Comparative Biomechanics (DVM/DCB) Northeast Regional SICB Meeting, New Bedford, MA. (November 2014)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Hudson, Derrek S., Deban, Stephen M.. Tongue projection in aquatic and terrestrial environments: the effect of drag on a high-powered ballistic movement. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Austin, TX. (January 2014)
  • Anderson, Christopher V.. Thermal effects on the biomechanics and motor physiology of ballistic prey capture in chameleons. Presented at the Joint Division of Vertebrate Morphology and Comparative Biomechanics (DVM/DCB) Northeast Regional SICB Meeting, New Haven, CT. (October 2013)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Tolley, Krystal A.. Contrasting thermal effects on movements powered by elastic recoil and muscle contraction in chameleons living along a temperature gradient. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA. (January 2013)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Tolley, Krystal A., Deban, Stephen M.. Thermal selection on movements powered by elastic recoil and muscle contraction: contrasting thermal effects in chameleons along a temperature gradient. Presented at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, Canada. (August 2012)
  • Deban, Stephen M., Anderson, Christopher V., Larghi, Nicholas P., Sandusky, Paula. Evolution of elastic mechanisms in salamander tongues. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC. (January 2012)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Larghi, Nicholas P., Creemers, Shelby, Deban, Stephen M.. Thermal effects on the performance, motor control, and muscle dynamics of tongue projection in a plethodontid salamander. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC. (January 2012)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Effects of temperature on in vitro muscle dynamics of chameleon feeding muscles. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Salt Lake City, UT. (January 2011)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Thermal effects on the performance, motor control, and muscle dynamics of tongue projection in chameleons. Presented at the 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Punta del Este, Uruguay. (July 2010)
  • Sheridan, Thomas, Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Scaling relationships of the tongue apparatus of the family Chamaeleonidae. Presented at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Seattle, WA. (January 2010)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Effects of temperature on the motor control of chameleon feeding. Presented at the Society of Integrative & Comparative Biology, Seattle, WA. (January 2010)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Chameleons maintain high-performance tongue projection at low temperature. Presented at the Society of Integrative & Comparative Biology, Boston, MA. (January 2009)
  • Anderson, Christopher V., Deban, Stephen M.. Temperature insensitivity of chameleon tongue projection: Maintaining performance at low temperature via an elastic power amplifier. Presented at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Canada. (July 2008)