Selected News and Features

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2020 - Present

The organization "Academic Influence" is an international organization that uses machine learning to rank universities, their alumni and faculty.

Jan 13, 2022: ranked me from years 1800 - 2022
overall: #131 in environmental science, #1472 in ecology, #5661 in earth science, and #11007 in biology.
From Arkansas State University: #55 overall, #1 in biology and #1 environmental science,
From Eastern Illinois University: #31 overall, #2 in biology, and #1 in environmental science
From Illinois State University: #83 overall, #8 in biology, #2 in environmental science

Just a fun one here!
Promotions used a photo from my class on recruiting brochure.

2015 - 2019

This textbook reviews my work on amphibian declines and extinction.

DK (2019) The Ecology Book. Penguin Publishing. 352 pages.

2010 - 2014


Sign of our times: Recognize this logo? It could come to symbolize the 21st Century. Health24. By Olivia Rose-Innes.

Interviewee (October 4, 2013) for career advice column in Science Magazine. Leveraging committee assignments for advancement. (Alaina Levine). 7 February 2014.

Covered McCallum and Bury 2013.

Google searches mined to uncover our true opinions. (Lisa Grossman) New Scientist July 25, 2013.

Interviewed for this article 16 June 2013.

Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed me for my role as co-founder of Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 25 January 2011. (published 30 January 2011).

Scholars create influential journal for about $100 per year. Jenifer Howard. Chronicle of Higher Education. January 30, 2011.

2011 (26 August). Council of Candian Academies informed me that I was "an author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in your field worldwide." Although they would not identify the paper, it can be assumed this was the Amphibian extinction paper I published in 2007. The report that uses these data is located on the CCA's website linked here:

Notes from the report:

~23%, like me, were under 44 years of age (Table A5.4)

~36%, like me, were from the USA (Tables A5.2 and A6.2)
~8% were from the environmental sciences (Table A5.3 and A6.3)

~5% were from the biological sciences (excluding biomedical) (Table A5.3 and A6.3)

*Coverage: 2010 (16 July). Parrots, People and Pedagogies: A look at Teaching and Education. Maniraptora: Tastes Like Chicken. A Nature Network Blog. By Irene Pepperberg. (News article was published by Science, Nature, and Science Blogs.

This covered new teaching method I devised (linked here)

Covered the success of the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology after its amazing success despite a novel publishing platform.

This was also covered by Digital & Scholarly: Research and Scholarship in Digital Age (February 3, 2011), Ethical Editing V3, Issue 1 (2011), Campus Technology Magazine, (February 11, 2011),

The amphibian extinction paper (McCallum 2007) continued to be covered in blogs and minor news organizations. In fact, I was interviewed by Azadah Ansari of CNN on the subject April 30, 2011. Below are some other coverage that is no longer available online: (2010), (7 March 2010), Environmental Issues and Policies (10 March 2010), Natures Planet (11 March 2010), Global Issues: Social, Political and Environmental Issues that affect us all (October 4, 2010), (April 20, 2011), Santa Cruz Weekly (April 29, 2011), Technology News (April 30, 2011), Experts Blog at Defenders of Wildlife (August 8, 2011),

2005 - 2009

Texarkana Gazette interviewed me for my role in David Attenborough's “Life in Cold Blood.” April 13, 2008

In cold Blood: Salamander Intrigue. Texarkana Gazette 12 April 2008.

Attenborough film gives rare glimpses of unique wildlife. Texarkana Gazette 12 April 2008.

Research was featured in the second episode "The Land Invaders."

Available on

Wikipedia profile

Reported on McCallum et al. 2008 research about mimicry between leeches and newts.

Mark Sidell. 2008. Macrobdella the Mimic. July 18, 2008

Covered McCallum 2007 about amphibian extinctions.

Story no longer on website since being purchased by PetSide.

It was also covered on the website of the European Association for Zoos and Aquariums (Sept 2007), Center for North American Herpetology (10-26-2007), NAMoS BC (2008), Texas Field Notes (2008), Apes in Alabama: Connecting Students with the World Around Them (6 May 2008), Primate Diaries (31 March 2009), Reconciliation Oekologie: Special Summer Double Issue Carnival #17 (July 15, 2008),

before 2005

Interviewed about Big Arkie, a very large American Alligator and state size record, that had been preserved after a stay in captivity.

Arkansas Roadside Travelogue February 5, 2003

My discovery of malformed frogs in the Metro East of St. Louis was covered by multiple outlets. Some footage from the local Television news reporting actually was shown on 20/20, although I never saw it nor have I tracked it down.

Andy Kravetz. SIUE pond yields deformed frogs, questions of what they portend. St. Louis Post Dispatch. August 1, 1997.

Deformed frogs found in Metroeast. Belleville News Democrat. August 1997.

Channel 2 (ABC affiliiate) 10:00 News. St. Louis MO.

Channel 5 (NBC affiliate) 10:00 News. St. Louis MO.

20/20. Deformed frogs in St. Louis.