Dr. Aaron Place

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Dr. Aaron J. Place

Professor of Biology

Dr. Aaron J. PlacePhone: (580) 327 - 8673
 Fax: (580) 327 - 8556
 Email: ajplace@nwosu.edu
 Office: Science 201A
Office hours:

  • M W F 8-9,11-12, 2-3

Dr. Place earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his M.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. The title of his thesis was The Rattlesnake Rattle as a Caudal Lure. He continued his research on rattlesnake behavior at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater where he finished his Ph.D in Zoology. The title of his dissertation was, The role of Learning in the Expression of Rattling Behavior in the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.

Courses taught:

  • General Zoology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Limnology
  • Natural History of the Vertebrates
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Management Techniques
  • Herpetology
  • General Ecology (w/ Dr. Steve Thompson)
  • Animal Behavior
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • Biology Seminar (Sceince and Humanities)
  • Readings in Biology
  • Independent Study


Research interests:

  • Ecology and evolution of pit vipers, especially rattlesnakes
  • Comparative animal behavior
  • Biogeography of snakes
  • The role of learning in defensive behavior
  • Feeding behavior of snakes


  • Outdoor recreation (biking, hiking, camping)
  • Reading books by Stephen Jay Gould
  • Spending time with family in Oklahoma and Wisconsin
  • Homebrewing
  • Trail running