Charles Watson



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. I was a first-generation college student from a small town in Southeast Texas. 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




Richards, H. & C.M. Watson. (In Press) Evidence of alternative prey selection by the ant specialist, Phrynosoma cornutum. The Southwestern Naturalist

Esquivel, C.* & C.M. Watson. (In Press) Variation in Energy and moisture content of milkweed (Asclepias) foliage across species. The Southwestern Naturalist

 Alujević, K., L. Bakewell, I. Clifton, C. Cox, L. Frishkoff, E. Gangloff, G. Garcia-Costoya, M. Gifford, Glenwinkel, S. Gulati, A. Head, M. Miles, C. Pettit, C. Watson, K. Wuthrich, & M. Logan, (2024) 3D printed models are an accurate, cost-effective, and reproducible tool for quantifying terrestrial thermal environments. Journal of Thermal Biology. 119.

Gripshover, N. D., Hennessey, P., McBrayer, L. D., Meik, J. M., Watson, C. M., & Cox, C. L. (2023). When food fights back: skull morphology and feeding behavior of centipede-eating snakes. Integrative And Comparative Biology.

Watson, C.M. & C. Cox. 2021. Elevation, oxygen, and the origins of viviparity. Journal of Experimental Zoology-B. 336. 457-469.

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

Kravchuk, L.* & C.M. Watson. 2020. Corn snakes can behaviorally enhance crypsis by choosing complex backgrounds and substrate. Animal Behavior and Cognition 7. 39-48.

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 128. 138–148.

Watson, C.M. & W.W. Burggren. 2016. Interspecific differences in metabolic rate and metabolic temperature sensitivity create distinct thermal ecological niches in lizards. PLoS One

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 51. 42-46.

Watson, C.M., R. Makowsky, & J. C. Bagley.  2014. 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

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.

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.

Watson, C.M., C. 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

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)

Watson, C.M. 2009. Selection of available post-fire substrate by Scincella lateralis Say (Ground Skink). The Texas Journal of Science 61(3) 219-224.


Charles Watson

College Of Arts And Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Associate Professor

Science and Technology Building 311A
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Course Teachings

BIOL 4304 505 Undergrad Research in Biology Spring 2024 No Syllabus Attached
BIOL 5306 203 Thesis Spring 2024 No Syllabus Attached
BIOL 4427 01L Herpetology Lab Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 4427 001 Herpetology Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 3104 507 Research Experience in Biology Spring 2024 No Syllabus Attached