Dr. Kristin A. Bakkegard
- B.S., United States Naval Academy
- M.A., Boston University
- M.S., Auburn University
- Ph.D., Utah State University
Dr. Bakkegard grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, but she has seen the world as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. In 2004 she was mobilized to Kuwait, and she currently holds the rank of Navy Captain. She remains in the Navy as a Selected Reservist.
Upon leaving active duty, Dr. Bakkegard returned to her childhood passion for reptiles and amphibians by pursuing a master's degree at Auburn University. Her research centered on the endangered Red Hills salamander, Alabama's state amphibian. She headed west to Utah State University for her Ph.D., where she studied the population genetics, genetic diversity and gene flow in two salamander species affected by the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
Dr. Bakkegard began teaching at Samford in 2008. Her general classes include Invertebrate Field Zoology, Vertebrate Field Zoology, Senior Seminar, Environmental Science, and Animal Biology courses. She also teaches human anatomy and general biology courses in varying semesters.
Since joining the Samford faculty, Dr. Bakkegard has taught the field biology classes, animal biology, and senior seminar. She is continuing her research on the Red Hills salamander, teaming with biologists at Auburn University. She is also monitoring a breeding population of spotted salamanders at the Homewood Forest Preserve near Samford's campus, and examining body size in dusky salamanders. Future projects include studying learning and memory in salamanders as in relation to their eating habits.
Dr. Bakkegard serves as Samford's faculty representative to Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society.
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Biological and Environmental Sciences Department
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Office: PROPST 123
Phone: (205) 726-2305
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