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Kent A Vliet

Coordinator of Laboratories
Ph. D. University of Florida, 1987

208 Carr Hall
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Research Interests

Crocodilian biology. Social behavior of reptiles. Reproductive biology. Energetics of development and allometry of metabolism.

Representative Publications

Vliet, K.A. 2011.  Changing understanding of crocodilian systematics and its implications for animal programs. Connect (Association of Zoos & Aquariums), March 2011: 22-23.

Hekkala, E., Shirley, M.H., Amato, G., Austin, J.D., Charter, S., Thorbjarnarson, J., Vliet, K.A., Houke, M.L., DeSalle, R., Blum, M.J. 2011.  An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile .  Molecular Ecology 20(19): .  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05245.x

Brown, D. R., Schumacher, I. M., Nogueira, M.F., Richey, L.J., Zacher, L.A., Schoeb, T.R., Vliet, K.A., Bennett, R.A., Jacobson, E.R., Brown, M.B. 2001. Detection of antibodies to a pathogenic mycoplasma in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), broad-nosed caimans (Caiman latirostris), and Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis). J. Clin. Microbiol. 39(1): 285-292.

Vliet, Kent A. 2001. Courtship behaviour of American alligators Alligator mississippiensis. Pp. 383-408 in G.C. Grigg, F. Seebacher and C.E. Franklin (eds.) Crocodilian Biology and Evolution, Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia.

Erickson, G.M., Lappin, A. K., and Vliet, K.A. 2003. Ontogeny of bite-force performance of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Journal of Zoology, Lond. 260(3) 317-327.

Erickson, G.M., Lappin, A. K., Parker, T. and Vliet, K.A. 2004. Comparison of bite-force performance between long-term captive and wild American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). J. Zool. 262(1): 21-28.

Helmick, K.E, Papich, M.G., Vliet, K.A., Bennett, R.A., Jacobson, E.R. 2004. Pharmacokinetic disposition of a long-acting oxytetracycline formulation following single-dose intravenous and intramuscular administrations in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). J. Zoo Wildl. Med. 35(3): 367-384.

Merchant, M., Mills, K., Leger, N., Jerkins, E., Vliet, K,A., and McDaniel, N. 2006. Comparison of innate immune activity of all 23 known living crocodylian species. Comp. Bioch. Physiol. B. 143(2), 133-137.

Shaner, D.M., and Vliet, K.A. 2007. Crocodile Tears: And thei eten hem wepynge. BioScience 57(7): 615-617.

Vliet, K.A. 2007. Crocodilian capture and restraint. Pp. 211-221 in West, G., Heard, D.J., and Caulkett, N. (eds.), Zoo Animal & Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia. Blackwell Publishing, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.

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