Dr. Carol A. Britson

Instructional Associate Professor
Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi


Office: 206 Shoemaker Hall
E-mail: cbritson@olemiss.edu
Telephone: (662) 915-7988

Research Interests:

Human Anatomy and Physiology educational research.

Effects of agricultural pesticides on development and survival on reptiles and amphibians.

Development of methemoglobin assays as a biomarker for nitrate exposure in freshwater turtles.

Behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians.


The University of Memphis (Ph.D. Biology with Concentration in Vertebrate Zoology, 1996). Dissertation Title: “Behavioral Defenses Associated with Plastral Coloration in Hatchling, Freshwater Turtles.”

Memphis State University (M.S. Biology with Concentration in Vertebrate Zoology, 1991). Thesis Title: “Anti predator mechanisms of hatchling, freshwater turtles.”

Iowa State University (B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology with minors in Botany and Journalism & Mass Communications, 1989).

University of Mississippi Teaching:

BISC 164 Honors Recitation I syllabus
BISC 165 Honors Recitation II syllabus
BISC 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology I syllabus
BISC 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology II syllabus
BISC 330 Introductory Physiology syllabus syllabus
BISC 415 Vertebrate Histology syllabus
BISC 479 Computational Physiology syllabus

Undergraduate Theses
(Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College):

Haneen Matalgah (Class of 2018).

Kelsey Hillhouse (Class of 2017). “Bring your own device initiative to improve engagement and performance Human Anatomy and Physiology laboratories.”

Taylor Patterson (Class of 2017). “Examination of electroglottography (EGG) and surface electromyography (sEMG) as techniques to assess oral motor activity/”

Anna O’Connor (Class of 2016). “Analysis of Joint Dysfunction During an Aging- Simulation, Laboratory Exercise for Allied Health Students.”

Mary Kate Robbins (Class of 2016). “Muscle fatigue resistance via energy drink consumption:
Assessment of post-experiment participant feedback.”

Lauren Foropoulos (Class of 2015). “Assessment of gastric motility via cutaneous

Michael Pergola (Class of 2015). “Measurement of oxygen saturation during a simulated dive
response: an experimental protocol for undergraduate physiology students.”

John Ratliff (Class of 2015). “Electromyography of mastication muscles in college athletes.”

Hollie Ables (Class of 2014). “Simulated Diabetes Testing Experiment Using Artificially
Manipulated Blood.”

Charles Pritchard (Class of 2014). “Meta-analysis of Melanoma Incidence in the United States:
Demographic Variation and Relationship to UV Index and Latitude.”

Mary Katherine Kerce (Class of 2013). “Effectiveness of Virtual Cadaver Study on Student
Performance in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses at the University of

Joshua Steward (Class of 2013). “Artificial Sweeteners and Gustatory Sensation Experiment
Protocol for the Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course at the University of Mississippi.”

Jonathon Hughes (Class of 2011). “Reduced Density of Calbindin Immunoreactive Gabaergic
Neurons in Major Depressive Disorder: Relevance to Neuroimaging Studies and Future

Erin Floyd (Class of 2007). “Blood Assays in the Freshwater Turtle, Trachemys scripta, with
Emphasis on Methemoglobin Levels.”


Publications, Reports, and Books:

Threlkeld, S.T., Britson, C. A., S. D’Surney, G. Easson, C. Ochs, M. Slattery, A. Crain and D. Schlenk. 2003. “Effects of interacting stressors in agricultural ecosystems: mesocosm and field evaluation of multi-level indicators of wetland responses.” Environmental Protection Agency Award Number R826595 01 0 ($897,634), final report. Funding Period 1 October 1998 – 30 September 2002.

Britson, C. A. 2001. Final project report: status survey of the alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) in the Little Tallahatchie River Basin. Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Foundation Funding Period 1 January 2000 – 30 June 2001.

Britson, C. A. and S. T. Threlkeld. 2000. Interactive effects of anthropogenic, environmental, and biotic stressors on multiple endpoints in Hyla chrysoscelis. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Sciences 107(3):(61-66).

Britson, C. A. and S. T. Threlkeld. 1998. Abundance, metamorphosis, developmental, and behavioral abnormalities in Hyla chrysoscelis tadpoles following exposure to three agrichemicals and methyl mercury in outdoor mesocosms. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 61(2):154-161.

Britson, C. A. 1998. Predatory responses of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) to conspicuous and cryptic hatchling, freshwater turtles: a comparative experiment. Copeia 1998(2):383-390.

Britson, C. A. and R. E. Kissell, Jr. 1996. Effects of food type on developmental characteristics of an ephemeral pond breeding anuran, Pseudacris triseriata feriarum. Herpetologica 52:374-382.

Britson, C. A. and W. H. N. Gutzke. 1993. Anti predator mechanisms of hatchling freshwater turtles. Copeia 1993(2):435 440.