Department of Biological Sciences

Michael A. Romano, Professor Emeritus

Herpetology, molecular ecology and systematics of amphibians, reptiles, and birds

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Ph.D. - Miami (Ohio), 1984

Courses Taught:
  • BIOL 102/150 Biological Concepts
  • BIOL 103 Biological Principles
  • BIOL 340 Genetics
  • BIOL 454G Mississippi River Ecology
  • BIOL 501 Biometrics
  • BIOL 503 Biosystematics and Evolution
  • ZOOL 413G Herpetology
  • ZOOL 445G Population Biology
Research Interests:

Population genetics of amphibians and reptiles; electrophoretic variation in the hylid frogs Hyla chrsyocells and H. versicolor; interpretation of biochemical and chromosomal variation in the evolutionary history of plants and animals; population genetics of Illinois wild turkeys.

  • Maloney, M.A., Susan T. Meiers, J. White, and Michael A. Romano. 2006. Behavioral effects of three food enrichment items on the behavior of black lemurs (Eulemur macaco macaco) and ringtail lemurs (Lemur catta) at the Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A. Journal of the Applied Animal Welfare Science 9(2):111-127.
  • Musser, Richard O., H.S. Kwon, S.A. Williams, C.J. White, Michael A. Romano, Scott M. Holt, S. Bradbury, J.K. Brown, and G.W. Felton. 2005. Evidence that caterpillar labial saliva suppresses infectivity of potential bacterial pathogens. Archives of Insect Biochemistry & Physiology 58:138-144.