Mississippi College

Frank Hensley

My research focus is on vertebrates that are difficult to study due to low population density or cryptic habits. This includes not only endangered species, but also common species such as bats and snakes, which can be very challenging to find, observe, and experiment with. Only long-term studies will reveal the answers to some questions about the habitat use, behavior, and population dynamics of such secretive animals.

My students and I are currently working on social aspects of basking behavior in aquatic turtles. We are interested in whether turtles choose basking sites at random with respect to other turtles, and how the physical environment and social environment affect duration of basking bouts.

When I'm not teaching or doing research I like to spend time improving my skills as a nature photographer. A few of my photos can be seen at the link below.

About Me

B.S. in Biology, Baylor University
M.S. in Zoology, University of Florida
Ph.D. in Zoology, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and University of Florida

Class Schedule

Fall 2015

  • BIO 105 - Plants & People
    MWF, 9:00, H105
  • BIO 106 - Plants & People Lab
    Monday, 1:30, H110
  • BIO 449-65 - Wildlife Biology
    Tuesday, 6:00 PM, H105
  • BIO 445-54 - Herpetology
    T-Th, 1:30, H107



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