Gordon W. Schuett

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Gordon W. Schuett
Born March 5, 1957
Flushing, Michigan, United States
Nationality American
Fields Evolutionary biology, Herpetology
Institutions Arizona State University West,
Georgia State University,
Zoo Atlanta,
The Copperhead Institute
Alma mater University of Toledo,
Central Michigan University,
University of Wyoming
Doctoral advisor David Duvall and James Rose
Known for Winner and loser effects,
Mate competition,
Hormonal effects on behavior and reproduction,
Parthenogenesis in snakes

Gordon W. Schuett, Ph.D. (born March 5, 1957) is an American evolutionary biologist and herpetologist who has conducted extensive research on reptiles. His work has focused primarily on snakes, but he has also published on turtles, lizards and amphibians. His most significant contributions have been to the studies of hormonal control of reproduction and behavior, winner-loser effects, long-term sperm storage, mate competition, and parthenogenesis.


Graduate Research[edit]

Schuett received a master's degree in biology from Central Michigan University in 1986, under the academic guidance of James C. Gillingham. His 88 page thesis was titled "Selected Topics on Reproduction in the Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix (Serpentes, Viperidae)". Schuett then attended The University of Wyoming where he earned his Ph.D. in 1994 under the guidance of David Duval and James D. Rose. His dissertation, titled "Determinants of Fighting Success in Male Copperheads (Serpentes, Viperidae)," was a major contribution to the field of animal behavior and has since been featured in text books[1]

Postdoctoral Research[edit]

After finishing his Ph.D., Schuett took a 1-year postdoctoral position under Bill Murdock (University of Wyoming) studying the effects of hormones on reproductive and agonistic behavior. In 1993, he took a 2-year postdoctoral position at Arizona State University. While there, he successfully applied for an assistant professorship. Schuett has subsequently held positions at Georgia State University and Zoo Atlanta.


Schuett has published more that 80 peer reviewed journal articles, 10 peer reviewed book chapters, and several popular magazine articles. He coauthored a zoology laboratory manual[2] and served as chief editor for a peer reviewed scholarly volume, Biology of the Vipers, which has been made available online. He presently serves as chief editor of peer reviewed volume in progress, The Rattlesnakes of Arizona. Schuett was the founding editor of the journal Herpetological Natural History.


  1. ^ Principles of Animal Behavior. Lee Alan Dugatkin. 2004. W.W. Norton and Company, New York. Pages: 495-496, and 500.
  2. ^ Labs for Vertebrate Zoology : An Evolutionary Approach, 2nd Edition. Erik W. Gergus and Gordon W. Schuett. 2000. W.W. Norton and Company, Traverse City, Michigan. Pages: 495-496, 248 pp.