Joel Borden

Joel Borden

Biology Department


  • B.S., 1996 - Biology: Concentration in Marine Science
    Jacksonville State University
  • M.S., 2006 - Biology
    University of South Alabama

Research Topics

  • Vertebrate Ecology
  • Effects of Disturbance On Community Structure and Ecosystem Resiliency
  • Trophic Dynamics

Research Interests

I consider myself first and foremost a naturalist in the broadest sense. My work has included projects ranging from upland sandhills and slope wetlands to large, dynamic river delta systems and estuarine/barrier island floral/faunal community assessments in coastal Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. These projects involve a myriad of different objectives from endangered/threatened species population status (Alabama Red-bellied Turtle, Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin, Gopher Tortoise) to species inventories of selected management properties (Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Lillian Swamp, Grand Bay and Weeks Bay NERR) to environmental impacts of anthropogenic disturbances (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill). Current research projects include: Eastern Box Turtle population demographics and pathogen prevalence, a continuous herpetofaunal & avian assessment of the USA Campus Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail, a long-term assessment of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on floral/faunal community structure within the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and tick-borne pathogen prevalence within wild rodent populations in Alabama.

For more, check out the Joel's Research Page

Recent Publications

  • J.A. Borden & C.S. Major. 2016. The Avifauna of the Lower Alabama River Area. In G.A. Waselkov, C.F.T. Andrus, and G. Plumb (Eds.), Overview of the State of Knowledge of the Natural, Cultural, and Economic Conservation Resources of the Lower Alabama River Area. University of Alabama Press.

  • G.J. Langford, J.A. Borden, D.H. Nelson. 2011. Ecology of the Eastern Ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus) in Southern Alabama With Evidence of Seasonal Multiple Broods. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 6(3): 400-409.

  • D.H. Nelson, G.J. Langford, J.A. Borden, W.M. Turner. 2009. Reproductive and Hatching Ecology of the Alabama Red-Bellied Cooter (Pseudemys alabamensis): Implications for Conservation and Management.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 8(1):66-73.

  • J.A. Borden & G.J. Langford. 2008. A Simple Pitfall Trap for Sampling Nesting Diamondback Terrapins. Herpetological Review. 39(2):188-190.

  • G.J. Langford, J.A. Borden, C. S. Major, D. H. Nelson. 2007. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In Grand Bay NERR Site Profile eds. M. Woodrey, M. Peterson, and G. Waggy. Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources.

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  • BLY 122 - General Biology II
  • BLY 352 - Biol Terrestrial Verts - W 
  • BLY 455 - Ornithology 
  • BLY 470 - Herpetology