Matthew Parris, Ph. D.

Matthew Parris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(901) 678-4408
(901) 678-4457
320 Ellington Hall, Memphis, TN 38152
Office Hours
By Appointment

About Dr. Parris

Dr. Parris has broad interests in amphibian population and disease ecology. He joined the University of Memphis after obtaining his PhD at the University of Missouri and a postdoc at Arizona State University. He teaches courses in Evolution, Anatomy and Physiology, Herpetology, and Population Ecology.

Research Interests

  • Amphibian disease ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Ecotoxicology


BA Biology, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota; PhD (Biological Sciences), University of Missouri; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Arizona State University

Recent Publications

  • Brem, F. M. R., M. J. Parris, and G. E. Padgett-Flohr. 2013. Re-isolating Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from an amphibian host increases pathogenicity in a subsequent exposure. PLoS ONE 8(5): e61260. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061260.
  • Hanlon, S. M. and M. J. Parris. 2013. The interactive effects of chytrid fungus, pesticides, and exposure timing on gray treeefrog (Hyla versicolor) larvae. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: doi: 10.1002/etc.2419.
  • Hanlon, S. M., J. Kerby, and M. J. Parris. 2012. Unlikely remedy: Fungicide clears infection from pathogenic fungus in larval southern leopard frogs (Lithobates sphenocephalus). PLoS ONE: 7(8): e43573. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043573.
  • Venesky, M. D., J. Kerby, A. Storfer, and M. J. Parris. 2011. Can differences in host behavior drive patterns of disease prevalence in tadpoles? PLoS ONE 6(9): e24991. doi:10.1371/journal/pone.0024991.
  • Takahashi, M., Y. Takahashi, and M. J. Parris. 2010. On the role of sexual selection in ecological divergence: a test of assortative mating in the eastern newt Notophthalmus viridescens. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101: 884-897.
  • Venesky, M. D., M. J. Parris, and A. Storfer. 2009. Effects of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infections on larval foraging performance. EcoHealth 6: 565-575.
  • Takahashi, M. and M. J. Parris. 2008. Life cycle polyphenisms as factors affecting ecological divergence of Notophthalmus viridescens subspecies. Oecologia 158: 23-34.
  • Parris, M. J., A. Storfer, J. P. Collins, and E. W. Davidson. 2005. Life history responses to pathogens in Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) larvae. Journal of Herpetology 39: 366-372.
  • Parris, M. J. and T. O. Cornelius. 2004. Fungal pathogen causes competitive and developmental stress in larval amphibian communities. Ecology 85: 3385-3395.
  • Parris, M. J. and J. G. Beaudoin. 2004. Chytridiomycosis impacts predator-prey interactions in larval amphibian communities. Oecologia 140: 626-632.