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Samuel Sweet

Professor
Phone: 
(805) 893-3730
Email: 
sweet@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Office: 
1124 Noble Hall

Research

Distributional ecology and systematics of western North American and Australian amphibians and reptiles; ecology and systematics of monitor lizards; mechanics of intergrade zones and of speciational processes; crypsis; functional and evolutionary morphology; ethnozoology; conservation biology.

Selected Publications

  • 2017. A low-impact samplng net for amphibians in sensitive wetland habitats (S. Sweet) Herpetological Review 48(4):756-758.
  • 2016b. Chasing flamingos: Toxicofera and the misrepresentation of venom in varanid lizards. (S.S. Sweet). Pp. 123-149 in M. Cota (ed.), Proceedings of the Interdisciplinary World Conference on the Biology of Monitor Lizards. National Science Museum, Bangkok.
  • 2016a. Field observations by two American varanophiles. (E.R. Pianka and S.S. Sweet). Pp. 1-66 in M. Cota (ed.), Proceedings of the Interdisciplinary World Conference on the Biology of Monitor Lizards. National Science Museum, Bangkok.
  • 2015c. Varanus pilbarensis (Pilbara Rock Monitor) and Varanus glauerti (Kimberley Rock Monitor) tail display behavior. (J. S. Doody, B. Schembri and S. Sweet). Herpetological Review 46 (3): 439-440.
  • 2015b. Ecology of the invasive New Zealand mud snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae), in a mediterranean-climate stream system. (D. M. Bennett, T. L. Dudley, S. D. Cooper and S. S. Sweet). Hydrobiologica 746 (1): 375-399
  • 2015a. A single species of mangrove monitor (Varanus) occupies Ambon, Seram Buru and Saparua, Moluccas, Indonesia. (V. Weijola and S. S. Sweet). Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 9 (1): 14-24
  • 2013b. Life history of the California newt, Taricha torosa (Caudata, Salamandridae). (S. S. Sweet). Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research Bulletin 3 (3) 31-34.
  • 2013a. The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. (M. Böme, S. S. Sweet, co-authored with 211 others, listed alphabetically). Biological Conservation 157: 372–385.
  • 2012. Conservation status of amphibians and reptiles on USDA National Forests, Pacific Southwest Region, 2012. (C. J. Evelyn and S. S. Sweet). 532 pp.
  • 2010. A new melanistic species of monitor lizard (Reptilia: Sauria: Varanidae) from Sanana Island, Indonesia (V. Weijola and S.S. Sweet). Zootaxa 2434:17-32
  • 2007c. On the distribution of the Papuan monitor ( Varanus salvadorii Peters & Doria 1878) in New Guinea (H.-G. Horn, S.S. Sweet and K.M. Philipp), in Boehme, W. and H.-G. Horn (eds.), Advances in Monitor Research III. Mertensiella.
  • 2007b. Monitors, mammals, and Wallace's Line (S.S. Sweet and E.R. Pianka), in Boehme, W. and H.-G. Horn (eds.), Advances in Monitor Research III. Mertensiella
  • 2007a. Comparative spatial ecology of two small arboreal monitors in northern Australia, in Boehme, W. and H.-G. Horn (eds.), Advances in Monitor Research III. Mertensiella.
  • 2005b. Integrative biology of sticky feet in geckos. (E.R. Pianka and S. S. Sweet). BioEssays 27: 647-652.
  • 2005a. Bufo californicus. (S.S. Sweet and B.K. Sullivan). Pp. 396-400 in M. Lanoo (ed.) Declining Amphibian Task Force Handbook. Univ. California Press, Berkeley.
  • 2004e. (distribution map, Varanus salvadorii) p. 235 in E.R. Pianka and D.R. King (eds.), Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana Univ. Press.
  • 2004d. Varanus scalaris (L.A. Smith, S.S. Sweet and D.R. King). Pp. 451-461 in E.R. Pianka and D.R. King (eds.), Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana Univ. Press.
  • 2004c. Varanus glebopalma. Pp.373-379 in E.R. Pianka and D.R.King.(eds.), Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana Univ. Press.