Gordon W. Schuett, Ph.D.

Gordon W. Schuett, Ph.D., is an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist who has conducted extensive laboratory and field research on reptiles. His work has focused primarily on venomous snakes, but he has also published on lizards, turtles, and amphibians. His most significant contributions concern mate competition and winner-loser effects, long-term sperm storage, mating systems, seasonal steroid hormone cycles of male and female pitvipers, and facultative parthenogenesis in snakes.

Currently, he is involved in a long-term study (currently in its 13th year) of the ecology and landscape genetics of a population of western diamond-backed rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona.

Schuett has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 peer-reviewed book chapters, and several popular magazine articles. He co-authored a highly acclaimed zoology laboratory text (1997, 2000), and served as chief editor for a peer-reviewed scholarly book (2002), Biology of the Vipers (Eagle Mountain Publishing). This book has been made available online here. He presently serves as chief editor of peer-reviewed book in progress, Rattlesnakes of Arizona. Schuett was the founding editor of the scholarly journal Herpetological Natural History.