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Arkansas State University 



Major: Environmental Sciences
Specializations: ecotoxicology, conservation ecology, A&P.  
Focus: Vertebrate biology, especially herpetology.
Advisor: Stanley E. Trauth
Committee Members: Jerry Farris, Roger Buchanan, Ann Grippo, Christopher McAllister. 

Eastern Illinois University



Focus: Evolution, natural resources, and zoology.  
Advisor: Mike Goodrich
Committee: Edward Moll, Kipp Kruse, John Ebinger.

Illinois State University



Major: Agriculture
Focus: General production agriculture
Major: Biology
Focus: Zoology and evolutionary biology
Mentors: Lauren Brown, Dale Birkenholz, Scott Sakaluk.

Work History

Langston University


Assistant Professor and Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist

Manages and assists with research in the Langston University Aquaculture facitity consisting of 46 culture ponds, a hatchery, analytical laboratory, and three water storage/reclamation units. Develops and implements research and extension program tailored to the unique needs of Oklahoma and the surrounding region. Generally focused on aspects of water quality and effects on aquatic life of activities of the oil and gas industry.(e.g. water removal from rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds for hydraulic fracturing, and uses for recycled hydraulic fracturing wastewater, including potential in agricultural uses).

McCallum Consulting


Private Consultant

contracting in statistics, education and environmental fields. 

University of Illinois Springfield


Visiting Assistant Professor

Teach courses in sustainability and environmental studies.

University of Missouri at Kansas City


Assistant Teaching Professor

Teach anatomy and physiology courses to undergraduate through doctoral students. 



Adjunct instructor

Teach courses in biology and environmental sciences.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana


Associate Professor (untenured)

Taught a wide assortment of courses in the biological sciences ranging from landscape ecology and GIS to Molecular Cell Biology and statistics.  Promote to associate professor three years early.  Student success skyrocketed among students who took my courses (e.g. gradschool and professional school admission rates, ETS MFE scores, and post-graduate employment in related fields). 

Louisiana State University-Shreveport


Assistant Professor

Teach anatomy and physiology, and ecotoxicology.  Brought in more grants and grant $$ through BORSF program in my first year than any other untenured professor in the state.

Arkansas State University


Adjunct Instructor and Teaching Assistant

Taught Principes of Personal Health in the Physical Education Depatment, and taught general biology in the biology department.   All as the instructor of record. 

Selected Publications (from among 103)

Co-authored with students: n = 27

1)Directly influencing national or international policy and initiatives: n = 6

2)Receiving media coverage: n = 14

Trauth SE, DS Siegel, ML McCallum, DH Jamieson, A Holt, JB Trauth, H Hicks, JW Stanley, J Elston, JJ Kelly, and JD Konvalina. (In review) Long-term monitoring and recovery of a population of Alligator Snapping Turtles, Macrochelys temminickii (Testudines: Chelydridae), from a Northeastern Arkansas stream.  

McCallum, ML. (In Prep) Has the papal encyclical “Laudato Si’” influenced public interest in the environment? (early draft).

McCallum ML, Andrew L, Baker C, Betz J, Breon A, Breyer M,  Bromley D, Bumgarner J, Colmenares B, Cross E, Fuller D, Gross K, Guiermo L, Hoffman J, Holenbeck K, Johnson B, Knap M, Kuan H, Laird R, Larsen JE, McCleland J, Messer J, Schumacher L, Simnor A, Wallen C, Wavering A, Wide D (In Prep). Are dedicated awareness campaigns effective for raising public interest in the environment? (very close to submission).

Andrew L, Arndt D, Beristain N, Cass T, Clow T, Colmenares B, Damm K, Hatcher R, Jackson N, Pasquesi W, Chamberlain Pham N, Pryde J, Rund T, Russell G, Ryle C, Schmidt T, Sigan S, Sinkus K, Sneyd K, Strode J, Wallen C, McCallum ML (acceptance pending revisions).  Public interest in sustainability: Opportunities and concerns. Environment, Development and Sustainability 29 pp.

McCallum, M.L. (2015). Vertebrate losses point to a 6th Mass extinction. Biodiversity and Conservation 75 typed manuscript pages.  (computational research)  (Altmetrics reports it is the #3 ranked article published by B&C, and above the 99%ile of all 3,833,954 articles ever tracked (1 June 2015): reports it was among the top 1% of articles viewed in the 30 days after publication.  

Swindle, D.R., M.L. McCallum, S.E. Trauth, R. Buchanan. (Accepted Pending Revisions). Spermatozoal measurements in six species of North American ranid frogs (Anura: Ranidae) via fluorescence microscopy. Journal of North American Herpetology. (histo-anatomy research)

1,2 McCallum, M.L. and G.W. Bury (2014). Public interest in the environment is falling: A Response to Ficetola (2013).  Biodiversity and Conservation 22:1355 – 1367.  (environmental policy research

McCallum, M.L. and J.L. McCallum. (2014). Ecological Release of an exotic species upon removal of an invasive predator.  Journal of North American Herpetology 2014:21 – 27.  (herpetology/ecology research)

1,2McCallum, M.L., M. Matlock, J. Treas, B. Safi, W. Sanson, J.L. McCallum.  (2013). Endocrine disruption of sexual selection by an estrogenic herbicide in Tenebrio molitor. Ecotoxicology 22:1461 – 1466. (ecotoxicology research). (*Altmetrics ranks it #3  among articles of similar age in the journal Ecotoxicology .  

1, 2McCallum, M.L., and G.W. Bury. (2013). Google search patterns suggest declining interest in conservation and environment. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:1355 – 1367.   (environmental policy research)  *98%ile of all 3,809,259 articles ever tracked by Altmetrics:
*Highly cited per  Citation rate =93%ile per Springer.

McCallum, M.L. and J.L. McCallum 2012. Does body size reflect foraging success in post-metamorphic Marine Toads? Herpetology Notes 5:15-18. (herpetology/behavior research)

McCallum, M.L. 2011. Orientation and directional escape by Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi) in response to a human predator.  Acta Herpetologica 6(2):161-168. (herpetology/behavior research)

2McCallum, M.L., S.E. Trauth, B.A. Wheeler, and R.L. Shelton. 2011. Body condition of hatchling Alligator Snapping Turtles confiscated from the illegal international wildlife trade. Herpetology Notes 4:363-367. (conservation)

2McCallum, M.L., C. Brooks, R. Mason, and S.E. Trauth. 2011. Growth, reproduction, and life span in Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi) with notes on the growth of the Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans).  Herpetology Notes 4:25-35. (Anatomy/physiology/herpetology research)

Jones, L., D.R. Gossett, M.L. McCallum, and S.W. Banks. 2010. The antioxidant defense system in tadpoles of the American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) exposed to Paraquat.  Journal of Herpetology 44(2):222-228. (Physiology)

2McCallum, M.L. 2010. A method for encouraging classroom discussion of scientific papers. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 31(3):363-366.  (Invited) (Teaching Method)

2McCallum, M.L. 2010. Future Climate Change Spells Catastrophe for Blanchard’s Cricket Frog, Acris blanchardi (Amphibia, Anura, Hylidae). Acta Herpetologica 5(1):119-130. (anatomy/physiology/herpetology research)

1, 2McCallum, M.L., J.L. McCallum, S.E. Trauth. 2009. Predicted climate change may spark box turtle declines.  Amphibia-Reptilia 30:259-264. (anatomy/physiology/herpetology research)

2McCallum, M.L., S. Beharry and S.E. Trauth.  2008. The Central Newt and Ozark Highlands Leech: Müllerian or Aggressive Mimics? Southeastern Naturalist 7(1):173-179. (behavior research)

1, 2McCallum, M.L. 2007. Amphibian decline or extinction? Current declines dwarf background extinction rate. Journal of Herpetology 41(3):483-491.  (computational research) reports it is ranked #6 all-time publication in JHerp, #2 among papers in Jherp of same age (June 1, 2015), and it is among the top 5% of articles ever tracked.

McCallum, M.L. and S.E. Trauth. 2007. Physiological trade-offs between immunity and reproduction in the northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans). Herpetologica 63(3):269-274. (anatomy/physiology/herpetology research)

McCallum, M.L. and S.E. Trauth. 2006. An Evaluation of the Subspecies Acris crepitans blanchardi (Anura, Hylidae).  Zootaxa 1104(1):1-21.  (anatomy/herpetology/systematics research)

2McCallum, M.L. and J.L. McCallum. 2006.  Publication Trends of Natural History and Field Studies in Herpetology.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 1(1):63-68. (herpetology research)

McCallum, M.L., S.E. Trauth and R.G. Neal.  2006. Tail-coiling in Ringneck Snakes:  Flash display or decoy?  Herpetological Natural History 10(1):91-94.  (Herpetology/behavior/anatomy research)

McCallum, M.L., S.E. Trauth, C.R. McDowell, R.G. Neal and T.L. Klotz.  2006. Calling site characterization of the Illinois chorus frog (Pseudacris streckeri illinoensis) with additional notes on population size and breeding choruses.  Herpetological Natural History 9(2):183-185.  (life history/herpetology research)

2Trauth, S.E., M.L. McCallum, R. Konvalinka, and D.A. Saugey.  2006.  Brooding postures and nest site fidelity in the western slimy salamander, Plethodon albagula (Amphibia, Caudata, Plethodontidae), from an abandoned mine shaft in Arkansas.  Herpetological Natural History 9(2):141-149. (behavior/herpetology research)

McCallum, M.L. and S.E. Trauth.  2003.  A 43-year museum study of Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) abnormalities in Arkansas:  Upward trends and distributions.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(3):522-528.  (anatomy/pathology/herpetology research)

Wheeler, B.A., M.L. McCallum, and S.E. Trauth.  2002.  Abnormalities in the Ozark Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopiJournal of the Arkansas Academy of Science 56:250-252.  (anatomy/herpetology research)

2McCallum, M.L.  1999.  Rana sphenocephala (southern leopard frog) malformities found in Illinois with behavioral notes.  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 92:257-264.  (anatomy research)

Grants, Contracts and Awards: Total = $1,032,191

I have won 82% of competitive grant proposals submitted since earning a Ph.D.

From 2005 - 2009 at TAMUT, I was ineligible to apply for grants because the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who had to approve grants, would likely have to teach my courses if I bought out time.  Thus, I was provided a modest budget to conduct research with students as a trade-off.  As teaching faculty at UMKC, I was ineligible to apply for grants until I had been there three years.  Outside of negotiated gifts to the university, most monies were acquired from 2003 - 2005, 2010 - 2012, and 2014 - 2015.

Conference Activity and Participation

Scientific Meetings Organized
1999. International conference on biodiversity and sustainability of the Rio Negro Basin, Brazil. March 22 – 26.

Sessions Chaired
2004. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, SE Regional Meeting, Hot Springs, AR.

Papers Presented (selected from 60 presentations at scientific meetings in the past 10 years)

*50th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science. 2014.
*145th meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science. Overland Park, Kansas. 5-6 April 2013.

*Annual Meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society. November 2-4. Hays, Kansas. 2012.

*Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society. October 15, 2012. Portland, Oregon.

*Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science.  Little Rock, AR. 2010.

                Little Rock, Arkansas. 2010

                Batesville, Arkansas. 2006

*Joint Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologist’s League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. 

                Portland, Oregon. 2009.

                New Orleans, Louisiana. 2006

                Tampa, Florida. 2005.

*Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. 

                Memphis, Tennessee. 2008.

                Stephenville, Texas. 2007

*Southeast Regional Meeting of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.  Hot Springs, Arkansas. 2005.

Experience in Higher Education

Summary: Extensive experience teaching anatomy, physiology, and organismal courses at undergraduate and graduate level and for majors and non-majors.  I have taught large classrooms (> 50 students), small classrooms (< 25 students), laboratories, field (out-doors), and online.  I have developed over 25 courses since 2003, chaired a major department-wide curriculum program revision, and served on the downward expansion university committee to create freshman and sophomore general studies curriculum and honors curriculum.  I have extensive experience with educational technology.  ANNUAL EVALUATION RATED MY TEACHING AS 4-5 ON A SCALE OF 0-5 EVERY YEAR FROM 2005 – 2009.   STUDENT ETS SCORES AND ADMISSION TO POST GRADUATE STUDIES SKYROCKETED AFTER I WAS HIRED AS THE SOLE INSTRUCTOR FOR > 80% OF DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS.   

Formerly-taught courses.

Undergraduate courses instructed (# of times instructed):  General non-majors courses (>25), Freshman Biology (>20); Intro to Environmental Science (>10); Biology Seminar (5); Vertebrate Zoology (1); Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (1); Environmental Physiology (1); Animal Physiology (5); Anatomy and Physiology I & II (>20); Human Biology (>10); Human Anatomy (>5); Human Physiology (4); statistics (1); Earth Science (5); Biology Seminar (5); Science, Technology, and Culture (1). 

 Graduate courses instructed (# of times instructed): Vertebrate histology (3); Herpetology (3): Ichthyology (1); Mammalogy (1); Vertebrate natural history (1); Wildlife ecology (3); Wildlife techniques (3); Ecotoxicology (1); Conservation Biology (1); Restoration Ecology (1); Fisheries Management (1); Landscape Ecology & GIS (3); Vertebrate Field Biology (3); Sustainable Food Systems (1); Sustainable Development (1); Ecosystems Management (1).

 Medical/Dental/Doctoral courses instructed (# of times instructed): Foundations of Medical Histology (2); Introduction to Medicine (2); Foundations of Medical Physiology (2); Gross Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists (2); Medical Statistics (2); Oral Physiology (2).

Research Skills and Experience

Extensive experience with field techniques for wildlife, fisheries, and environmental sciences.

Extensive education and experience with histological approaches including light, fluorescence, and EM.

Education and experience with an assortment of chemical instrumentation and molecular methods.

 Graduate research thesis advisees:  2 masters students graduated and entered doctoral programs.

Graduate student research advising: 13 graduate students conducted small research projects under my supervision. Projects in sustainability, histo-anatomy and ecological immunology.

Undergraduate research advisees: 43 undergraduates from 2002 – 2014.  Projects in sustainability, environment, ecotoxicology, herpetology, stress physiology, and histo-anatomy.

Service to the Profession

Editor and scientific journal board appointments

Co-Managing Editor, Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 2012 to present.
Governing board member, Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 2005 to present.

Managing Editor, Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 2009 to 2012.

General Herpetology Section Editor, Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 2009 to 2010.

Editor.  Herpetological Conservation & Biology. 2006 to 2009.

Associate Editor, International Journal of Bioinformatics. 2010 to 2012.

Reader Panel, Nature. 2010 to 2011.

Advisory Board Member and Manuscript Reviewer.  Scientific Journals International. 2006 to 2011.

Editorial Advisory Council Member, Journal of Natural History & Wildlife. 2006 to 2009.

Editor. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Biodiversity and Sustainability of the Rio Negro Basin Brazil.  Mid-America Aquacenter Publications.  St. Louis, Missouri. 1,256 pages. 1999.

Assistant Editor.  Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ISSN: 1083-445X).  2003 to 2006.

Associate Editor. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science.  2004 to 2005.

Guest Editor. Southeastern Naturalist.  2004.

 Peer review and peer review solicitation: 86 manuscripts among 34 journals + two books, including Ecology, Evolution, PLoS One, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biological Conservation, Ecological Informatics, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Animal Behavior, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Polar Biology, etc.

Legislation, government policy, and recovery plan review: 1 state endangered species recovery plan, 1 UNEP report, 1 congressional research service report, 1 piece of draft legislation for US Congress.

Grant proposals reviewed:  84 grant proposals reviewed for state and national agencies and organizations.

External program reviewer: 1 master of science program reviewed.

Government and non-governmental organization committees: 18 committees (local through international orgs).

Expert Testimony: Retained Expert Witness on human conflicts and wildlife for Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P.

Departmental and University Service: >40 department, college, and university committees.

Media Coverage

Research has been covered by >> 100 media outlets

Professional development (selected)

FERPA, R-stats package USGS, Occupancy modeling USGS, training for multiple online teaching platforms, conducting effective interviews, management overview for new supervisors, managing employee performance, positive management of performance problems, information security awareness, creating a discrimination-free workplace, problem-solving for supervisors, ethics training, multicultural awareness training, into to ArcView GIS (ESRI), Programming with avenue (ESRI), Characterizing forests (ESRI), Conservation GIS (ESRI), Visual basic for GIS (ESRI),

Membership in Professional organizations

Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society, American Society of Naturalists, Herpetologists’ League, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Kansas  Academy of Science, Missouri Academy of Science.