Timothy R. Brophy, Ph.D.

Timothy Brophy

Professor of Biology

Office: Science Hall 154
Phone: (434) 582-2733
Email: tbrophy@liberty.edu


  • B.S. Liberty University
  • M.S. Marshall University
  • Ph.D. George Mason University

Courses taught

  • BIOL 207 General Botany
  • BIOL 224 Foundations of Biology
  • BIOL 400 Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 410 Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 495 Special Problems in Biology-Peaks of Otter Salamanders
  • BIOL 497 Biosystematics
  • CRST 290 History of Life
  • ENVR 350 Environmental Science & Policy
  • NASC 315 Environmental Science


Dr. Brophy was born in Edison, New Jersey in July 1971 and joined the faculty at Liberty in 2004. He is a Liberty alumnus (B.S. Biology - class of  ’93) and spent three years teaching high school students at New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg. After Liberty, Dr. Brophy earned a Master's degree from Marshall University (M.S. Biological Sciences) and a Ph.D. from George Mason (Environmental Science and Public Policy). His dissertation research focused on variation and systematics in a Southeast Asian turtle genus. Dr. Brophy has broad interests in vertebrate ecology and systematics. He is currently working on several research projects including an ecological study of the Peaks of Otter Salamander and baraminological studies of landfowl, mole salamanders, and cucurbits. Married in 1993, he and his wife, Michele, now have six children: Timmy, Emily, James, John, Peter, and Chloe.  He is the oldest of 8 children himself and has a brother who recently graduated from Montclair State University. In addition to his academic and family pursuits, Dr. Brophy is the senior pastor at Church of the Good Shepherd. 

Professional Societies

  • Creation Biology Society
  • Chelonian Research Foundation
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Virginia Herpetological Society
  • Virginia Natural History Society


  • Fantasia, C., T. R. Brophy , and N Reichenbach.  2012.  The Peaks of Otter Salamander: Range Restriction due to Interspecific Competition with the Eastern Red-backed Salamander.  Poster Presentation at Virginia Academy of Science Meeting.
  • Goff, C., T. R. Brophy, and N Reichenbach.  2011.  The Peaks of Otter Salamander: Factors Restricting it to Montane Forests of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Oral Presentation given at Virginia Herpetological Society Meeting.
  • McConnachie, M., and T. R. Brophy.  2008.  Abaraminological analysis of the landfowl (Aves: Galliformes). Occasional Papers of the BSG 11:9-10. 
  • Brophy, T. R.  2007. Book Review: A creationist review and preliminary analysis of the history, geology, climate, and biology of the Galapagos Islands, by Todd C. Wood. Origins (BCS) 45:22-23.
  • Brophy, T. R., and P. A. Kramer.  2007.  Preliminary results from a baraminological analysis of the mole salamanders (Caudata: Amystomatidae).  Occasional Papers of the BSG 10:10-11.
  • McConnachie, M., and T. R. Brophy.  2007.  A biblical word analysis for the landfowl (Aves: Galliformes). Occasional Papers of the BSG 10:20-21.
  • Brophy, T. R., W. Frair, and D. Clark.  2006.  A review of interspecific hybridization in the Order estudines. Occasional Papers of the BSG 8:16.
  • Brophy, T. R. and T. K. Pauley.  2006.  Eurycea cirrigera (Southern Two-lined Salamander). Gill Morphology.  Herpetological Review 37(2):197.
  • Brophy, T. R.  2006.  Allometry and sexual dimorphism in the snail-eating turtle Malayemys macrocephala (Gray, 1859) from the Chao Phraya River Basin of central Thailand .  Chelonian Conservation and Biology 5(1):159-165.
  • Brophy, T. R.  2005.  Geographic distribution of the Southeast Asian turtles in the genus Malayemys (Testudines: Bataguridae).  Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 40(2):21-33.
  • Brophy, T. R.  2004.  Geographic variation and systematics in the south-east Asian turtles of the genus Malayemys (Testudines: Bataguridae).  Hamadryad 29(1):63-79.
  • Brophy, T.R., and C. H. Ernst. 2004. Sexual dimorphism, allometry and vertebral scute morphology in Notochelys platynota (Gray, 1834). Hamadryad 29(1):80-88.