Jonathan DeBoer

Ph.D. student
Chelsea Canon


Jon’s research focuses on the genetic differences amongst lizards (cordylids) at different spatial scales in Namibia. He has authored several publications including an article on novel dietary records for croaking lizards (DeBoer et al. 2018), an Atlas of the reptiles of Libya (Bauer et al. 2017), and is currently revising “Sexual Dimorphism in the Namibian endemic Herero Nama Lizards (Namazonurus pustulatus).” Jon is the President of both the Geography Graduate Club and the UNR Herpetology Club.


  • BS, 2015, Biology, Calvin College
  • MS, 2017, Biology, Villanova University
  • PhD, Present, Geography, University of Nevada, Reno


  • DeBoer, J.C., Iyengar, V., Bauer, A.M., and Griffing, A.H. 2018. New dietary records for croaking lizards of the genus Aristelliger (Reptilia: Sphaerodactylidae). Caribbean Herpetology, 61, 1–8.
  • Heaton, J.S., Nakanwa, J., and DeBoer, J.C. 2018. Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard). Diet. Herpetological Review, 49(2): 330–331. 
  • Heaton, J.S. and DeBoer, J.C. (b). 2018. Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard). Scale Counts. Herpetological Review, 49(2): 329–330. 
  • Heaton, J.S. and DeBoer, J.C. (a). 2018 Karusasaurus jordani (Northern Karusa Lizard). Reproduction. Herpetological Review, 49 (2): 329.
  • Griffing, A.H., Daza, J.D., DeBoer, J.C., and Bauer, A.M. 2017. Developmental osteology of parafrontal bones in the Sphaerodactylidae, The Anatomical Record Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, DOI – 10.1002/ar.23749.
  • Bauer, A.M., DeBoer, J.C., and Taylor, D. 2017. Georeferenced Atlas and Catalog of Libyan Reptiles. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 64 (4): 155–318.
  • Griffing, A.H., DeBoer, J.C., Campbell, P., Wilson, B.S., and Bauer, A.M. 2017. Aristelliger praesignis (Jamaican Croaking Lizard). Maximum Size. Herpetological Review, 48(1):184–185.