Bachelor of Science, College William & Mary, 1972. Master of Arts, Indiana State University, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, 1978.
Visiting assistant professor, Emory (Virginia) and Henry College, 1978-1979; assistant professor, University of Southern California at Spartanburg, 1979-1984; associate professor, University of Southern California at Spartanburg, 1984-1989; professor, University of Southern California at Spartanburg, since 1989; division chairperson, University of Southern California at Spartanburg, since 1990. Consultant Wm. C. Brown Public, Dubuque, Iowa, 1986. Chair science review committee Piedmont Regional Science Fair, Spartanburg, since 1988.
Stewardship committee North Carolina Nature Conservancy, Bat Cave, since 1987. Trustee Day Care/Kindergarten, Bethel United Methodist Church, Spartanburg, 1985-1987. Counselor Bethel United Methodist Church Junior High Youth Fellowship, Spartanburg, 1985-1987, Sun. school teacher, since 1987.
Member Sigma Xi, Herpetologists League, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, American Society Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society for the Study of Evolution, American Association for the Advancement of Science, South Carolina Academy of Sciences.
Married Deborah Ann Dilks, July 28, 1979. Children: Thomas, John.