Dr. Kwiatkowski earned his B.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University, his M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota, and his Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Kwiatkowski was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Colorado State University and a Lecturer at Arizona State University.
Dr. Kwiatkowski’s research focuses on two main areas of reptile and amphibian evolutionary ecology. The first focus is on the spatial ecology of reptiles and amphibians in both natural and fragmented habitats, including urbanized areas. This includes analysis of movements, home range size, and habitat use, often utilizing GIS techniques. Molecular tools such as DNA microsatellites are also used to investigate gene flow and genetic structure among fragmented populations. The second component of Dr. Kwiatkowski’s research investigates mating behavior and how environmental variables influence sexual selection. Much of Dr. Kwiatkowski’s research is strongly linked to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.