Kent A. Vliet

Coordinator of Laboratories

Ph.D. University of Florida, 1987

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(352) 392-8130

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Research Interests

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

Representative Publications

Erickson G.M., Gignac, P.M., Steppan, S.J., Lappin, A.K., Vliet, K.A., Brueggen, J., Inouye, B.D., Kledzik, D., and Webb, G.J.W.  2012. Insights into the ecology and evolutionary success of crocodilians revealed through bite-force and tooth-pressure experimentation. PLoS ONE 7(3): e31781.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031781.  12 pp.

Ross, P., Vliet, K., Shirley, M., Brochu, C., King, F.W.  New taxonomic and nomenclature proposals called into doubt.  Croc. Spec. Gr. Newl. 31(3):5.

Shirley, M.H., Vliet, K.A., Carr, A.N., and Austin, J.D. 2014. Rigorous approaches to species delimitation have significant implications for African crocodilian systematics and conservation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B, 281 (1776): 20132483.

Suh, A., Churakov, G., Ramakodi, M. P., Platt, R. N., II, Jurka, J., Kojima, K. K., Caballero, J., Smit, A., Vliet, K. A., Hoffmann, F. G., Brosius, J., Green, R. E., Braun, E. L., Ray, D. A., Schmitz, J. 2015.  Multiple lineages of ancient CR1 retroposons shaped the early genome evolution of amniotes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(1): 205-217.

Bishop, B., Juba, M. L., Devine, M. C., Barksdale, S. M., Rodriguez, C. A., Chung, M. C., Russo, P. S., Vliet, K. A., Schnur, J. N., van Hoek, M. L. 2015.  Bioprospecting the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Host Defense Peptidome, Plos One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117394.

Schmidt, F., Franke, F.A., Shirley, M.H., Vliet, K.A., Villanova, V.L. 2015. The importance of genetic research in zoo breeding programs for threatened species: the African dwarf crocodiles (Genus Osteolaemus) as a case study. International Zoo Yearbook, 49: 125-136. DOI: 10.1111/izy.12082.

Shirley, M.H., Villanova, V.L., Vliet, K.A., Austin, J.D.  2015. Genetic barcoding facilitates captive and wild management of three cryptic African crocodile species complexes. Animal Conservation, 18(4): 322-330.

Juba, M.L., Russo, P.S., Devine, M., Barksdale, S., Rodriguez, C., Vliet, K.A., Schnur, J.M., van Hoek, M.L., and Bishop, B.M. 2015. Large scale discovery and de novo-assisted sequencing of cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) by microparticle capture and electron-transfer dissociation (ETD) mass spectrometry. Journal of Proteome Research 14:4282-4295 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b00447).

Whiting, E.T., Steadman, D.W., Vliet, K.A. 2016. Cranial polymorphism and systematics of Miocene and living Alligator in North America. Journal of Herpetology, 50(2): 306-315. DOI: 10.1670/15-023.

Nell, L.A., Frederick, P.C., Mazzotti, F.J., Vliet, K.A., Brandt, L.A. Presence of breeding birds improves body condition for a crocodilian nest protector. PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149572.