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Dr. Cory Goff

Assistant Professor of Biology

(434) 582-2267

Center for Natural Sciences, Room 118C


  • Ph.D., Texas State University
  • M.S., Marshall University
  • B.S., Liberty University




Cory Goff grew up in central Virginia and completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Liberty University where his interest in herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles, was sparked through research with a local, endemic Virginia salamander, the Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti).

He taught at a homeschool co-op for a year before pursuing his Master’s degree at Marshall University in West Virginia. His Master’s research examined the effects of roads and trials on the movement behavior of the Virginia salamander and a sympatric species. After completing his Master’s, Dr. Goff moved to Texas and started his Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources at Texas State University applying conservation physiology, the use of physiological responses to environmental changes as indicators of health, to fish and amphibian populations.

Dr. Goff’s research interests continue to focus on amphibians, though the application of conservation physiology extends to all vertebrates.

Dr. Goff, his wife who is a family medicine doctor, and their daughter enjoy all outdoor recreational activities and exploring new places when time allows.

Professional Memberships

  • Virginia Herpetological Society
  • Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Herpetologist’s League
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology


Courses Taught

  • BIOL 224
  • BIOL 418 (Co-taught)
  • BIOL 225 (Spring 2020)



  • Goff, C.B. (submitted). Positive and negative effects of higher temperatures on the physiological health of Rio Grande leopard frog (Lithobates berlandieri) tadpoles. Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
  • Goff, C.B., Walls, S.C., Rodriguez, D., and Gabor, C.R. (submitted). Changes in physiology and microbial diversity in larval Ornate Chorus frogs are associated with habitat quality. Science of the Total Environment.
  • Forsburg, Z.R., Goff, C.B., Perkins, H., Robicheaux, J., Almond, G.F., and Gabor, C.R. (2019). Validation of water-borne cortisol and corticosterone in tadpoles: Recovery rate from an acute stressor, repeatability, and evaluating rearing methods. Journal of Comparative Endocrinology 281: 145-152.
  • Aspbury, A., DeColo, S.L., Goff, C.B. and Gabor, C.R. (2019). Turbidity affects association behavior in the endangered Fountain darter, Etheostoma fonticola. Hydrobiologia, 838: 45-54.
  • Novarro, A.J., Gabor, C.R., Goff, C.B., Mezebish, T.D., Thompson, L.M. and Grayson, K.L. (2018). Physiological responses to elevated temperature across the geographic range of a terrestrial salamander. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221: