This Northern Watersnake has found itself blocked by a road it is hesitant to cross. What are the biological impacts of such barriers, and how do we mitigate them? Photo by Joe Sage.

Research Interests

Although his scholarship is diverse, a central theme to his research program is the conservation and management of imperiled reptiles. Along with his students and staff, he is involved in numerous empirical and applied studies throughout the Midwestern United States on snakes, turtles and other wildlife, including amphibians, but also birds and small mammals. He is an expert on a variety of species, particularly the federally threatened Eastern Massasauga and Copper-bellied Watersnake. He takes take both empirical and applied approaches, considering not only the basic ecology of the species, but how that relates to habitat restoration and land management practices. While his geographic focus has been the Midwest, he has also conducted research as far away as Egypt and Costa Rica.

External Funding Acquired for Research and Outreach

Dr. Kingsbury has been very successful at acquiring funding from outside the university for his research and conservation efforts. Over the last 25 years, he has brought in numerous grants totaling nearly three million dollars to Purdue Fort Wayne. Listed below is some information about larger grants recently acquired.

2017  “Distribution and Ecology of Blanding’s Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) and Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) at Camp Grayling.” DLZ Michigan.

2016 “Assessment of the Population Status and Genetic Composition of the Blanding’s Turtle and Spotted Turtle in Indiana.” Project partner: Mark Jordan. Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

2016 “Improving Translocation Techniques for Wildlife on DoD Installations.” Army Corps of Engineers.

2016 “Assessing Value of Translocation as a Tool for Managing Eastern Massasauga from High Risk Sites.” An amendment for our existing contract with Michigan Department of Military and Environmental Affairs.

2015 “Surveys for the Eastern Massasauga in Indiana.” Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

2014 “Response of Eastern Massasauga to Habitat Alterations by Fire and Forest Management at Camp Grayling.” Michigan Department of Military and Environmental Affairs. An amendment to add translocation tasks to project our current project.

2013  “Response of Eastern Massasauga to Habitat Alterations by Fire and Forest Management at Camp Grayling.” Michigan Department of Military and Environmental Affairs.