Dr. Aaron Schrey


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Assistant Professor
Office: SC1010

Research Website


Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 3700 - Genetics
  • BIOL 4500 - Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
  • BIOL 4910 - Research
  • BIOL 4970 - Special Topics:  Epigenetics

Academic Profile

  • Postdoctoral Fellow - University of South Florida, 2007-2012
  • Adjunct Biotechnology Instructor - Hillsborough Community College, 2011-2012
  • Ph.D. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007
  • M.S. - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2001
  • B.S. - University of Evansville, 1999

Research Interests

  • Population Genetics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Ecological Epigenetics

Selected Publications

  • Schrey A., Evans, RK, Netherland, M., Ashton K., Mushinsky, H., and E. McCoy (Online Early) Phylogeography of the Peninsula Crowned Snake (Tantilla relicta relicta) on the Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida. Journal of Herpetology.
  • Fisher K. L., Recupero, D.L., Schrey, A. W., and M. J. Draud (2015) Molecular Evidence of Long Wavelength Spectral Sensitivity in the Reverse Sexually Dichromatic Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata). Copeia 103: 546-551.
  • Liebl, AL., Schrey, A., Andrews, SC., Sheldon, E., and SC Griffith. (2015) Invasion genetics: lessons from a ubiquitous bird, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Current Zoology. 61(3): 465–476.
  • Alvarez, M., Schrey, A. W., and C. L. Richards (2015) Ten years of transcriptomics in wild populations: what have we learned about their ecology and evolution? 24(4): 710-725 DOI: 10.1111/mec.13055.
  • Nicotra AB, Segal D, Hoyle GL, Schrey AW, Verhoeven KJF, Richards CL. Adaptive plasticity and epigenetic variation in response to warming in an Alpine plant (2015) Ecology and Evolution. 5(3): 634-647.
  • Foust, C. M., Schrey, A. W., and C. L. Richards (2015) Population epigenomics. In "Nuclear Functions in Plant Transcription, Signaling and Development" Edited by Jin, H. and O Pontes. Wiley-Blackwell John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4939-2385-4
  • Schrey, A., Banta J., Kilvitis, H., and C. L. Richards. (2014) The role of ecologocial epigenetics in integrative biology. Chapter 7.  In  Martin, L. B., Ghalambor C. K., and H. A. Woods. Integrative Organismal Biology ISBN: 978-1-118-39878-4
  • Kilvitis, H., Alvarez, M., Foust, C., Richards, C.L., Robertson, M., and A. Schrey. (2014) Ecological epigenetics. In “Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics”. Edited by Landry, C. and  N. Aubin-Horth.
  • Robbins T., Walker L., Gorospe K., Karl S., Schrey A., McCoy E., and H. Mushinsky (2014) Rise and fall of a hybrid zone: implications for the roles of aggression, mate choice, and secondary succession. Journal of Heredity.  105: 226-236.
  • Schrey, A., Liebl, A., Richards, C., and L. Martin (2014) Range expansion of Kenyan house sparrows (Passer domesticus): evidence of genetic admixture and human-mediated dispersal. Journal of Heredity. 105: 60-69
  • Martin L., Coon C., Liebl A., and A. Schrey (2014) Surveillance for microbes and range expansion in house sparrows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281: 2013.2690.
  • Robbins, T. R., Schrey, A., McGinley, S., and A. Jacobs. (2013) On the incidences of cannibalism in the lizard genus Sceloporus: updates, hypotheses, and the first case of siblicide. Herpetology Notes. 6: 523-528.
  • Schrey, A., Alvarez, M., Foust, C. M., Kilvitis, H. J., Lee, J. D., Liebl, A. L., Martin, L. B., Richards, C. L., and Marta Robertson. (2013) Ecological Epigenetics: beyond MS-AFLP. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53: 340-350.
  • Liebl, A., Schrey, A., Richards, C., and L. Martin (2013) Patterns of DNA methylation throughout a range expansion of an introduced songbird. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53: 351-358.
  • Lima, M., Macedo R., Martins, T., Schrey, A., Martin L., and S. Bensch. (2012) Genetic and morphometric divergence of an invasive bird: the introduced house sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Brazil. PLoS ONE 7(12): e53332. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053332.
  • Heath S., Schrey A., Ashton K. G., McCoy E. D., and H. R. Mushinsky (2012) Contrasting genetic differentiation of a poorly dispersing lizard in connected and fragmented scrub habitats. Journal of Herpetology, 46: 602-607.
  • Schrey, A. and C. L. Richards (2012) PERSPECTIVE: Within-genotype epigenetic variation underlies the phenotypic plasticity that allows for a broad niche width. Molecular Ecology. 21: 2559–2561.
  • Schrey A., Heath S., Ashton K., Mushinsky H., and E. McCoy (2012) Range-wide genetic analysis of the threatened Bluetail Mole Skink identifies similar genetic structure with sympatric lizards. Journal of Herpetology. 46: 241-247.
  • Richards C., Schrey A., and M. Pigliucci (2012) Invasion of diverse habitats by few Japanese knotweed genotypes is correlated with epigenetic differentiation. Ecology Letters, 15:1016-25.
  • Ennen J. R., Kreiser B. P., Qualls C. P., Gaillard D., Aresco M., Birkhead R., Tuberville T., McCoy E., Mushinsky H., Hentges B., and A. Schrey (2012) A mitochondrial DNA reassessment of the phylogeography of the Gopher Tortoise. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 3: 110-122
  • Smiley S., McCoy E., Schrey A., and H. Mushinsky (2012) Utilizing a multifaceted approach to assess the current distribution and conservation status of an uncommon species: the golden mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli) in Florida. Diversity and Distributions. 18: 1120–1129.
  • Schrey A., Coon C., Grispo M., Awad M., McCoy E., Mushinsky H., Richards C., and L. Martin (2012) Epigenetic variation may compensate for decreased genetic variation with introductions: a case study using house sparrows (Passer domesticus) on two continents. Genetics Research International. Volume 2012, Article ID 979751, 7 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/979751.
  • Schrey A., Fox A., McCoy E., and H. Mushinsky (2011) Fire increases variance in genetic characteristics of Florida Sand Skink (Plestiodon reynoldsi) local populations. Molecular Ecology. 20: 56-66.
  • Schrey A., Heath S., Ashton K., McCoy E., and H. Mushinsky (2011) Fire alters patterns of genetic diversity among three lizard species in Florida scrub habitat. Journal of Heredity. 102: 399-408.
  • Schrey N., Schrey A., Heist E., and J. Reeve (2011) Genetic heterogeneity in a cyclical forest pest, the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), is differentiated into east and west groups in the southeastern United States. Journal of Insect Science. 11:110 available online:
  • Schrey A., et al. (2011) Broad-scale latitudinal patterns of genetic diversity among native European and introduced house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations. Molecular Ecology. 20: 1133-1143.
  • Schrey A., Boley R., and E. Heist (2011) Hybridization between pallid and shovelnose sturgeon. Journal of Fish Biology. 79: 1828–1850.