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  • 1 Pied-billed Grebe
    Podilymbus podiceps
    Ding Darling NWR
    Sanibel Island, FL
  • 2 Florida Softshell (Female)
    Apalone ferox
    Archbold Biological Station, Highlands Co, FL
  • 3 Rough Green Snake
    Opheodrys aestivus
    Lee County, Arkansas
  • 4 Adult Lubber Grasshopper
    Romalea microptera
    Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, FL
  • 5 Oak Toad
    Anaxyrus quercicus
    Highlands County, FL
  • 5 Northern Mockingbird
    Mimus polyglottos
    Paul B. Johnson State Park
  • 5 Squirrel Tree Frog
    Hyla squirella
    Highlands County, Florida
  • 5 Fledgling Loggerhead Shrike
    Lanius ludovicianus
    Highlands County, FL
  • 5 Florida Pine Snake
    Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus
    Archbold Biological Station
    Highlands County, FL
  • 5 Laughing Gull
    South Padre Island
    Larus atricilla
    Texas, USA
  • 5 Broken Striped Newt
    Notopthalamus viridescens dorsalis
    Paedomorphic (adult with gills)
  • 5 White Ibis
    Eudocimus albus
    Ding Darling NWR
    Sanibel Island, FL
  • 5 Eastern Coral Snake
    Micrurus fulvius
    Highlands County, Florida
  • 5 Anaxyrus Tadpoles
    Payne's Pond
    Meeman Biological Station
    Shelby County, TN
Travis Wilcoxen Header

Teaching and Research Interests
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. I teach human anatomy and physiology and immunology courses as well as ecology and evolution, and statistics courses. Broadly, my research interests include ecoimmunology, physiology and behavior of birds and amphibians. I work with Millikin students on research projects involving the ecoimmunology and physiology of local bird and amphibian species. Prior to completion of my Ph.D. in the summer of 2010, I was a member of the Dr. Stephan Schoech Lab at the University of Memphis, focusing my research on Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) endocrinology and physiological ecology. Specifically, I studied senescence of the reproductive system in the Florida Scrub-Jay from an endocrine perspective as well as other physiological factors (such as egg quality and stress response), and behavioral characteristics (food provisioning and nest attendance) and comparing results among birds of all ages.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Eureka College (Alma Mater of Ronald Reagan) with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish in May 2005. I have some interesting pets, including a handsome black lab/husky mix, two firebellied toads, a leopard gecko, and an oversized black pug and two turtles that came with my wife. In my limited spare time, I enjoy cooking, wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking as well as reading science fiction novels, playing basketball and always supporting the Chicago Cubs.