Dr. William B. Godwin
Adjunct Professor of Biology
B.S., 1992, Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ph.D., 2002, Entomology, Texas A&M University-College Station
General Biology II (BIOL 1407), Evironmental Science I (ENVR 1401), Environmental Science II (ENVR 1402)
My primary research interests are in the systematics and ecology of the dung burying scarabs associated with rodentia. I am also surveying for various relictual melolonthine scarab beetles in Texas that may be undescribed species. In general I am interested in endemic and relictual taxa that can inform about the history of habitat change and diversity in Eastern Texas.
In addition to my research I serve as curator of the East Texas Natural History Collection at Jarvis Christian College. Our mission is to collect and preserve a record of the local flora and fauna in an area of NE Texas that has been traditionally overlooked by field biologists of all categories. We are in the process of identifying the components of habitat diversity in the region in preparation for a general survey. I have located various micro-habitats of great interest ranging from saline prairies to bogs and sandy barrens or glades. Our mission is to guide specialists to these areas for research and further understanding of locally rare habitat types.
Godwin, W. B. and J. R. Gibson. 2011. Survey of East Texas Sand Caves and Associated Fauna. Southeastern Naturalist. In Press
Goodwin, J. T., W. Godwin and L. Preston. 2010. Corrections and Addenda to the Horse and Deer Flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) of Texas, Including United States, Texas and Texas County Records. Southwestern Entomologist 35: 147-155.
Godwin, W. B., D. Saenz, T. J. Hibbitts. 2007. New County Record and Second State Record of the introduced Brahminy Blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) Herpetological Review 38:356.
Liebherr, J. K. and W. B. Godwin. 2004. Giant Platynus Beetle from Panama (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Overturns Circum-Caribbean Vicariance Hypothesis. Caribbean Journal of Science 40:41-51.