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Paul W. Sattler, Ph.D.


Professor of Biology

(434) 582-2258
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 341


  • B.S. in Biology from the University of Toledo
  • M.S. in Zoology from Miami University
  • Ph.D. in Biology from Texas Tech University


Dr. Sattler’s graduate training was primarily using molecular techniques, protein electrophoresis, as a means of investigating hybridization in amphibians. Since moving to Virginia, one of the sites of the greatest salamander diversity in the world, his research has shifted more from frogs to salamanders. With an undergraduate student , they investigated the distribution of the northern and southern two-lined salamanders with several electrophoretic markers, adjusting the distribution to reflect reality, and analyzed the level of hybridization. More recently, Dr. Sattler has used DNA sequences to identify species hard to distinguish using morphology, to better understand their distributions. His most recent project is production of a book on the Amphibians of Virginia.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 224 General Biology I
  • BIOL 400 Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 418 Vertebrate Natural History

Research Interests

Dr. Sattler’s current research involves the determination of the distribution of amphibians in Virginia, particularly those species for which morphology is inadequate to identify the species, necessitating the use of molecular markers. He is also interested in the extent to which amphibian species will hybridize in the wild.

Professional Memberships


  • Sattler, P.W. and S.I. Guttman. 1976. An electrophoretic analysis of Thamnophis sirtalis from Western Ohio. Copeia 1976:352-356.
  • Sattler, P.W. and J.S. Mecham. 1979. Gene duplication at an isocitrate dehydrogenase locus in Scaphiopus. Journal of Herpetology 70:352-353.
  • Sattler, P.W. 1980. Genetic relationships among selected species of North American Scaphiopus. Copeia 1980:605-610.
  • Sattler, P.W. 1985. Introgressive hybridization between the spadefoot toads Scaphiopus bonbifrons and S. multiplicatus. Copeia 1985:324-332.
  • Sattler, P.W. and L.R. Hilburn. 1985. A program for calculating genetic distance, and its use in determining significant differences in genetic similarity between two groups of populations. J. Heredity 76:400.
  • Sattler, P.W., L.R. Hilburn, R.B. Davey, J.E. George, and J.B.R. Avalos. 1986. Genetic similarity and variability between natural populations and laboratory colonies of North American Boophilus (Acari: Ixodidae). J. Parasitology 72:95-100.
  • Hilburn, L.R. and P.W. Sattler. 1986. Electrophoretically detectable protein variation in natural populations of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. Heredity 56:67-74.
  • Ghitea, O. and P. Sattler. 1990. The distribution and identification of two-lined salamanders in Virginia. Catesbeiana 10:11-20.
  • Kramer, P.N., N. Reichenbach, M. Hayslett, and P. Sattler. 1993 Population dynamics and conservation of the Peaks of Otter salamander, Plethodon hubrichti. J. H Herpetology 27:431-435.
  • Sattler, P. and N. Reichenbach. 1998. The effects of timbering on Plethodon hubrichti: Short-term effects. Journal of Herpetology 32:399-404.
  • Sattler, P. and J.D. Gibson. 2010. Blue Ridge Scout Reservation Surveys, Resource Ranble I, II and III 2007-2009. Catesbeiana 58-72.
  • Gibson, J.D. and P. Sattler. An unusual breeding event in an urban park in Danville, Virginia with specific notes on the Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii). Catesbeiana 73-81.
  • Gibson, J.D. and P. Sattler. 2016. Records of Amphibians and Reptiles from Breaks Interstate Park, Dickenson County, Virginia. Catesbeiana 36(1):3-20.
  • Sattler, P. and J.D. Gibson. 2016. A Herpetological Survey of James River State Park. Catesbeiana 36(1): 21-34.
  • Gibson, J.D. and P. Sattler. 2016. El Nino and December Herp Activities. Catesbeiana 36(2):64-71.
  • Sattler, P. and J.D. Gibson. 2016. Rock Castle Gorge Bioblitz. Catesbeiana 36(2):72-79.
  • Sattler, P. and J.D. Gibson. 2017. Eleventh Annual HerpBlitz: Survey of Reptiles and Amphibians at Stewart’s Creek Wildlife Management Area, Carroll County, Virginia. Catesbeiana 37(2):90-98.
  • Sattler, P. and Jason Gibson. 2018. Results of the twelfth Annual HerpBlitz: Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area. Catesbeiana 38(2): 104-111, Kleopfer, J.D., Joseph C. Mitchell, Paul W. Sattler, and Susan H. Watson. 2020. A guide to the Salamanders of Virginia. Special Publication Number X, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Richmond, VA 76 pp.
  • Sattler, P. and T. Brophy. 2020. Distribution, Hybridization, and Taxonomic Status of Two-lined Salamanders (Eurycea bislineata complex) in Virginia and West Virginia. Banisteria. 53:28-36.
  • Jason Gibson and Paul Sattler. 2020. Natural History Notes of the Anurans of White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Catesbeiana 40(1):30-46.
  • Jason Gibson and Paul Sattler. 2020. The Phenotype of the Eastern American Toad in the Southwestern Piedmont of Virginia. Catesbeiana 40(2):109-123.
  • Jason Gibson and Paul Sattler. 2021. Natural History Notes on the Salamanders of White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Catesbeiana 41(1):21-31.
  • Jason Gibson and Paul Sattler. 2021. Fifteenth Annual HerpBlitz: Re-survey of Mattaponi Wildlife Management Area. Catesbeiana 41(2). 57-68
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