Hello and welcome.
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Eastern Connecticut State University where I study various organisms, but specialize in scorpion biology. The title of this website is a reflection of my passion for scorpions, although I also suffer from herpetophilia (an attraction to reptiles and amphibians), myriapodophilia (centipedes & millipedes), and general arachnophilia (you can figure it out). In addition to my interest in biodiversity – the stranger the better it appears – I am curious about the biogeography of this diversity. In other words, I would like to learn more about the processes that generate and maintain the spatial distribution of biodiversity across the earth’s surface… why organisms are where they are.
Using approaches from molecular genetics, morphology, and climate modeling, I use arachnids, myriapods, and herpetofuana to address biogeographic questions, especially in North America. I am particularly interested in understanding how geologic and climatic events of the past have influenced the geography of biodiversity in the tectonically dynamic American West, and the ancient but topographically complex Appalachian Mountains in the American East. Only by understanding the history of a region’s biodiversity will we ever be equipped to manage and protect its future.
For more information about my scientific interests see my Publications page. If you found this website because you encountered a scorpion, centipede, or millipede, then please send me a photograph of the specimen and I would be happy to identify it.
Matthew R. Graham, Ph.D.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Science Building, Room 366
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226