Faculty Bio

Bridgette E. Hagerty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology


  • B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland (2000)
  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno (2008)


  • Biostatistics
  • General Biology
  • Senior Thesis

Research Interests

  • dispersal and the resulting population genetic patterns in long-lived reptiles
  • movement ecology and population ecology of reptiles and amphibians
  • decision-making during the process of navigation among different habitat types (including landscapes transformed by humans)
  • evaluating biotic and abiotic factors influencing landscape connectivity, and the individual and population-level effects of habitat connections and fragmentation


  • Faculty Institutions for Reforming Science Education (FIRST IV)NSF Postdoctoral Scholar, 2009-2011

Recent Publications

  • Hagerty, B.E. and C.R. Tracy. 2011. A history of Mojave desert tortoise movement: a view through the window of population genetics. Mojave National Preserve Science Newsletter.
  • Hagerty, B.E., K.E. Nussear, T.C. Esque, and C.R. Tracy. 2011. Making molehills out of mountains: a landscape genetic approach to connectivity for desert tortoises. Landscape Ecology 26: 267-280. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-010-9550-6
  • Hagerty, B.E. and C.R. Tracy. 2010. Defining populations for the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Conservation Genetics 11: 1795-1807. DOI 10.1007/s10592-010-0073-0
  • Hagerty, B.E., M.M. Peacock, V.S. Kirchoff, and C.R. Tracy. 2008. Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Mojave desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1149-1151.