Charles Watson

Charles Watson

Associate Professor
College Of Arts And Sciences
Department of Life Sciences
Classroom Building 222

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Mentoring students as P.I. of The Watson Laboratory is the single most rewarding aspect of my career. I came to academia down a somewhat unorthodox road. Growing up in small town Southeast Texas, I had direct access to the natural world but no exposure to the culture of higher education. I didn’t know what to expect and, as a first generation college student, dealt with significant challenges as an undergraduate. Because of my own struggles, I understand the struggles of my students and I work hard to help them find success.





Academic Appointments

Year Rank Company/Institute/University
2021-Present Associate Professor Texas A&M University - San Antonio
2016-Present Associate Professor Midwestern State University
2013-2016 Assistant Professor Midwestern State University
2011-2013 Assistant Professor McNeese State University
2008-2011 Lecturer/Lab Coordinator The University of Texas at Arlington



  1. Watson, C.M. & C. Cox. 2021. Elevation, oxygen, and the origins of viviparity. Journal of Experimental Zoology-B. 457-469.

 2. Heninger, R.*,C.M. Watson, &C.L. Cox. 2020. Relative fitness of decoy coloration is mediated by habitat type. Zoology. 125820

  1. Kravchuk, L.* & M. Watson. 2020. Corn snakes can behaviorally enhance crypsis by choosing complex backgrounds and substrate. Animal Behavior and Cognition 7. 39-48.
  2. Watson, C.M., Z. Degon*, W. Krogman, C. Cox. 2019. Evolutionary and ecological forces underlying ontogenetic loss of decoy coloration. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 138–148.
  3. Watson, C.M. & W.W. Burggren. 2016. Interspecific differences in metabolic rate and metabolic temperature sensitivity create distinct thermal ecological niches in lizards (Plestiodon). PLoS One
  4. Watson, C.M. & G. Francis*. 2015. Three-dimensional printing as an effective method of producing anatomically accurate models for studies in thermal ecology. Journal of Thermal Biology 42-46.
  5. Watson, C.M., R. Makowsky, & J. C. Bagley. Reproductive mode evolution in lizards revisited: updated analyses examining geographic, climatic and phylogenetic effects support the cold-climate hypothesis.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27 (12), 2767-2780
  6. Watson, C.M. & L. Gough. 2012. The role of temperature in determining distributions and coexistence of three species of Plestiodon. Journal of Thermal Biology 37(5) 374-379.
  7. Watson, C.M. & D. R. Formanowicz. 2012. A comparison of maximum sprint speed among the five-lined skinks (Plestiodon) of the Southeastern United States at ecologically relevant temperatures. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(1) 75-82.
  8. Watson, C.M., Roelke, P. Pasichnyk*, & C. Cox. 2012. The fitness consequences of the autotomous blue tail in lizards: An empirical test of predator response using clay models. Zoology 115(5) 339-344
  9. Watson, C.M. and M. L. Nicholson. 2011 (Published 2014). The recovery of the macroarthropod community within the leaf-litter of an East Texas mixed hardwood-pine habitat following a prescribed burn. The Texas Journal of Science 64(1)
  10. Watson, C.M. Selection of available post-fire substrate by Scincella lateralis Say (Ground Skink). The Texas Journal of Science 61(3) 219-224.