When Dr. Day Ligon established a Missouri State research program for the conservation and environmental physiology of turtles, he couldn’t have known how quickly it would make him a leader in the field. Because Ligon works closely with state and federal agencies, his research has already resulted in the implementation of conservation measures. He is frequently sought out for expert consultations in turtle conservation, and his writing has been distributed by the Associated Press.
In fact, the lab is quite active in publications. In 2012 alone, it produced the following:
- Two articles in publication
- Four articles in press
- Three articles pending revision
- Five articles in review
Ligon also excels as a research advisor to the six graduate students and five undergraduate projects under his direction. He enjoyed a recent point of pride when one of his students received the University’s Outstanding Thesis Award.
Ligon brings this same enthusiasm to the classroom, where he teaches General Physiology and Advanced Vertebrate Zoology. In addition to the primary literature, Ligon’s courses integrate knowledge from other areas and bring in discussions of larger ethical and socio-political issues.
This dedication made Ligon an excellent choice for the Atwood Research and Teaching Award, which is funded by an endowment from Jerry Atwood, a 1964 Missouri State graduate and internationally known chemist.