Faculty Profile

Dr. Peter J. Petokas

ppetokas@lhup.edu | 202 Science Center Lock Haven, PA 17745 | (570) 484-2065


Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1987

M.Sc., S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1979)

B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz (1976)

Courses Most Commonly Taught: Basic Biology, Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology II, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Research Areas: Ecology and Conservation of the Eastern Hellbender Salamander, Distribution and Population Ecology of Invasive Crayfish in the Susquehanna River West Branch

Professional Publications: 

Kurt J. Register, Simpson, Heather, Eric J. Chapman, and Peter J. Petokas.  2012.  Occurrence of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytriumdendrobatidis among Eastern Hellbender populations (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) within the Ohio-Allegheny and Susquehanna river drainages, Pennsylvania, USA.  Herpetological Review 43(1):150-159.

Quinn, Sam, James Gibbs, Myrna H. Hall, and Peter J. Petokas.  2013.  Multiscale factors influencing distribution of the eastern hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchusallegniensisalleganiensis) in the northern segment of its range.  Journal of Herpetology 47(1):78-84.

Areas of Expertise: Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Population Dynamics of Freshwater Crayfish