Dr. Stephen Hudman
Biology Department Chair; Professor of Biology (2008)
BS, West Virginia University; MS, Georgia Southern University; PhD, University of Vermont; Postdoctoral Study, University of Kansas
Dr. Stephen Hudman is a Professor of Biology at Truman State University. Stephen joined the Truman Faculty in the fall of 2008. Prior to arriving in Kirksville, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas where he studied the effects of human-induced disturbances on gene flow in widely-distributed stream fish. He received a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Vermont in 2005, a M.S. in Avian Ecology from Georgia Southern University in 1999, and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology & Management from West Virginia University in 1994. From 1994 through 1996, Stephen spent winters working in Washington D.C. writing habitat management plans for corporate clients and summers working at the Mountain Lake Biological Station near Blacksburg, VA.
Dr. Hudman's research interests center around behavioral ecology, population genetics, and conservation genetics. Much of his behavioral ecology research has been aimed at understanding the trade-offs associated with male parental care in birds, space sharing and resource division in closely related birds, and mate selection in fish. Dr. Hudman's population and conservation genetics work has been focused on the effects of human-induced disturbances on gene flow in widely-distributed stream fishes, genetic architecture of a population of endangered iguanas, and exposure of frog populations to Chytrid fungus.
Dr. Hudman currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Biology.