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Dr. Timothy Brophy

Professor of Biology

(434) 582-2733
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 154


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy, George Mason University
  • M.S. in Biological Sciences, Marshall University
  • B.S. in Biology, Liberty University


Dr. Brophy’s 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.

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

Professional Societies

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


  • Reichenbach, N., and T. R. Brophy. 2017. Natural history of the Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) along an elevational gradient. Herpetological Bulletin, Vol. 141: In Press.
  • Brophy, T. R., and M. McConnachie. 2017. A baraminological analysis of the landfowl (Aves: Galliformes). Journal of Creation Theology and Science Series B: Life Sciences, Vol. 7: In Press.
  • Sumontha, M., T. R. Brophy, K. Kunya, S. Wiboonatthapol, and O. S. G. Pauwels. 2016. A new snail-eating turtle of the genus Malayemys Lindholm, 1931 (Geoemydidae) from Thailand and Laos. Taprobanica (The Journal of Asian Biodiversity) 8(1):1-9 (plates 1-10).
  • 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. A baraminological analysis of the landfowl (Aves: Galliformes). Occasional Papers of the BSG 11:9-10.
  • Frederickson, A., T. R. Brophy, and N. Reichenbach. 2007. Ecophysiological boundaries for the distribution of the Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti). Oral Presentation Given at Virginia Herpetological Society Meeting.
  • 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 Testudines. 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.
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