Richard Highton

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Dr. Richard Highton
Born December 24, 1927
Fields Biology
Institutions University of Maryland, College Park
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for His research in herpetology

Richard Highton (born December 24, 1927) is an American herpetologist,[1][2] an expert on the biological classification of woodland salamanders.[3]

He is currently a Professor Emeritus in Biology for the University of Maryland College Park.[4][5] On his retirement, his collection of approximately 140,000 salamander specimens was donated to the Smithsonian Institution.[2]

He received his master's degree and Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Florida.[4]

The intestinal parasite of salamanders Isospora hightoni was named in his honour.[6]


  1. ^ Laidman, Jenni (6 August 2006). "Questions Surround Disappearance Of Salamanders". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Joel Achenbach (19 January 1993). "The great federal rhino repository". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Reznick, David N. (2009), The Origin then and now: an interpretive guide to the Origin of species, Princeton University Press, p. 160, ISBN 978-0-691-12978-5, Richard Highton has devoted his career to the classification of salamanders in the genus Plethodon .
  4. ^ a b "Richard Highton". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Richard C. Bruce; Robert Jaeger; Lynne D. Houck (2000). The biology of plethodontid salamanders. Springer. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-306-46304-4. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Algae gives professor a taste of immortality". Seattle Times. June 13, 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-25.