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Dustin Wood


Dustin Wood
San Diego Field Station
4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 225-6432
Fax: (619) 225-6436
Dustin Wood, Dumont Dunes, San Bernardino Co, CA

Research Interests

  • Snake ecology and evolution
  • Biogeography of North American Deserts
  • Conservation genetics
  • Phylogeography
  • Phylogenetics


  • M.S., Evolutionary Biology. Department of Biology, San Diego State University (2001).  Thesis title: "Intraspecific phylogeny of the Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata), implications for phylogeography, taxonomy, and conservation."
  • B.S., Biology. San Diego State University, San Diego (1997)

Professional Experience

  • Geneticist.  USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station  (2005-Present)
  • Collections Manager.  Department of Herpetology, San Diego Natural History Museum.  (2002-2005)
  • Zoology Technician.  Division of Wildlife Resources, State of Utah.  (2001-2002)
Selected Publications

Lovich, J., C Drost, A. J. Monatesti, D. Casper, D. A. Wood, M. Girard. 2010. 
Reptilian prey of the Sonora Mud Turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) with comments on saurophagy and ophiophagy in North American Turtles. The Southwestern Naturalist 55, 135-138.

Vandergast, A.G, D. A. Wood, M. Simovich, A. J. Bohonak. 2009. Species identification of co-occurring Branchinecta Fairy Shrimp from encysted embryos using multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction. Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 767-770.

Wood, D. A., J. M. Meik, A. T. Holycross, R. N. Fisher, A. G. Vandergast. 2008. Molecular and phenotypic diversity in Chionactis occipitalis (Western Shovel-nosed Snake), with emphasis on the status of C. o. klauberi (Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake). Conservation Genetics 9, 1489-1507.

Wood, D. A., C. J. Rochester, and R. N. Fisher.  2008. Lichanura orcutti (Natural History Notes; Predation). Herpetological Review 39, 354-355.

Wood, D. A., T. W. Reeder, and R. N. Fisher. 2008. Novel Patterns of Historical Isolation, Dispersal, and Secondary Contact Across Baja California in the Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46, 484-502.

Hollingsworth B. D., and D. A. Wood. 2005. Why and how do lizards grow back separated tails? Discover 26(5).

Wood, D. A., B. D. Hollingsworth, and J. Valdez-Villavicencio. 2004 Thamnophis validus celaeno (Natural History Notes; Mortality). Herpetological Review 36, 328-329.

Wood D. A., and J. Q. Richmond. 2003.  Distribution of Diadophis punctatusHerpetological Review 34, 169.

Hedin, M., and D. Wood. 2002.  Genealogical exclusivity in geographically proximate populations of Hypochilus thorelli (Araneae, Hypochilidae) on the Cumberland Plateau of North America.  Molecular Ecology 11, 1975-1988.

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