Senior Associate Dean
Senior Associate Dean
BA, University of Missouri at St. Louis; MS, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Dr. Buckley served as the Associate Head of Biology from 2007-2009, and has served as Head of the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSOLS) from 2013-2017. He has served on numerous Institute, College of Science, and Life Science committees including curriculum, teaching, faculty search, program assessment, program conversion and revision. He developed courses in Evolutionary Biology, Comparative Anatomy, Population Genetics, and Biogeography and he has taught both the General Biology and Introductory Biology first year sequences. Dr. Buckley is the recipient of the 2001 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
His research focus is on phylogenetics and vertebrate systematics especially reptiles and amphibians, with an emphasis on systematics and population genetics of iguanid lizards. As a scientist, he also explores herpetology, mammology, evolutionary theory, vertebrate evolution, biogeography, molecular systematics, comparative anatomy, and population genetics. Among his past publications is a description of a new species of iguana from the forests of Honduras in Central America where he and his collaborators have worked for many years. He and his colleagues recently resurrected a genus of iguanas as part of a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary history of the group. His efforts are directed toward increasing our understanding biological evolution in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean region. He also works to save remaining populations of endangered species in this region of the Neotropics. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the International Biogeography Society, the Geological Society of America, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Buckley joined RIT in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences following a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology. Dr. Buckley earned his Ph.D in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, his MS in Biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and his BS in Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.