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Alan Savitzky

  • Alan Savitzky
  • Professor
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • 302h Mills Godwin Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4203
  • asavitzk@odu.edu
  • Education

    University Of Kansas, 1979
    Major: Biology (Herpetology)
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Kansas, 1974
    Major: Biology (Herpetology)
    Degree: M.A.
    University of Colorado, 1972
    Major: Biology
    Degree: B.A.
  • 2007: Nominee for State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2007: Robert K. Johnson Award for service to the Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • 2002: Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award, College of Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • 2000: Most Inspiring Faculty Member, Old Dominion University
  • 1998: Best Research Presentation, National Military Fish and Wildlife Assocation
  • 1997: University Professor, Old Dominion University
  • 1978: Stoye Award in Herpetology, Amer. Soc. of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • 1972: Elected to Membership, Society of the Sigma Xi
  • 1972: President's Award, University of Colorado
  • 1971: Elected to Membership, Phi Sigma Society
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Support for an International Symposium on Sequestered Defensive Compounds in Tetrapod Vertebrates
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2008 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Collaborative Research: Defensive Sequestration of Toad Toxins in the Asian Snake Rhabdophis tigrinus
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2007 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Meinwald, J.
    REU Supplement: Sequestered Toxins in the Asian Snake Rhabdophis tigrinus: Physiological and Chemical Attributes of a Novel Defensive System
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2007 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Collaborative Research: Defensive Sequestration of Toad Toxins in the Asian Snake Rhabdophis tigrinus
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2005 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Meinwald, J.
    Effects of Forest Loss on Movements of Canebrake Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
    Date: 2004 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Collaborative Research: Defensive Sequestration of Toad Toxins in the Asian Snake Rhabdophis tigrinus
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Meinwald, J.
    SGER: Sequestration of Dietary Toxins in Toad- and Mollusk- Eating Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2004 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Meinwald, J.
    SGER: Sequestration of Dietary Toxins in Toad- and Mollusk- Eating Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2005 - 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Meinwald, J.
    Movements and Life History of the Canebrake Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) on Naval Security Group Activity Northwest
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of the Navy
    Date: 1995 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Support to Upgrade and Computerize a Collection of Reptilian Embryos
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    A Radiotelemetric Studey of the Canebrake Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus atricaudatus on Naval Security Group Activity Northwest
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Petersen, C. E.
    Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Support to Upgrade and Computerize a Collection of Reptilian Embryos
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 1999 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Support to Upgrade and computerize a Collection of Reptilian Embryos
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 1999 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Short Term Visitor Award: Elastin Fibers in the Vocal Sac of Anuran Amphibians
    Sponsoring Organization: Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Grants
    Date: 2000 - 2000
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    A Radiotelemetric Study of the Canebrake Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus atricaudatus on Naval Security Group Activity Northwest
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
    Date: 1999 - 1999
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Petersen, C. E.
    Support for a GIS-based Educational Website on the Canebrake Rattlesnake, a State Endangered Species
    Sponsoring Organization: ESRI [GIS software vendor]
    Date: 1999 - 1999
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Hybridization in the Contact Zone of the Watersnakes Nerodia sipedon and N. fasciata in North Carolina: A Molecular, Ecological, and Morphological Approach
    Sponsoring Organization: Roche Research Foundation
    Date: 1998 - 1999
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Amphibian Monitoring in the Grafton Ponds Sinkhole Complex
    Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Date: 1995 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Movement Patterns, Age, Structure, and Life History in Virginia Populations of the Canebrake Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus atricaudatus
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
    Date: 1992 - 1995
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.; Savtizky, B. A.
    The Vascular Morphology of Infrared Receptors in Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Academy of Science
    Date: 1991 - 1992
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Venom gland tissue culture project
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Research Foundation
    Date: 1989 - 1989
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Ratzlaff, R. E.; Savitzky, A. H.; Wolfinbarger, L.
    Research Experience for Undergraduates: Evolutionary Morphogenesis of the Pit Organ of Crotaline Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 1987 - 1988
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Evolutionary Morphogenesis of the Pit Organ of Crotaline Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 1985 - 1988
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Embryonic Development of the Pit Organs of Boid Snakes
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Academy of Science
    Date: 1985 - 1986
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Vertebral Protrusion in Snakes: Evidence for a Novel Defensive Mechanism
    Sponsoring Organization: Penrose Fund Grant, American Philosophical Society
    Date: 1983 - 1984
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Watkins Fund Grant
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Kansas Museum of Natural History
    Date: 1975 - 1975
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Exploration Fund Grant
    Sponsoring Organization: Explorers' Club
    Date: 1971 - 1971
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Walker Van Riper Fund Grant
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Colorado Museum
    Date: 1971 - 1971
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    College of Arts & Science Special Allocation
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Colorado
    Date: 1970 - 1970
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.
    Student Research Grant
    Sponsoring Organization: Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science
    Date: 1970 - 1970
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Savitzky, A. H.