Joel Ledford

Joel Ledford

Position Title
Lecturer PSOE

Department of Plant Biology

2220 Life Sciences

Research Interests

Science Education and Pedagogy
Conservation Biology
Teaching strategies in high enrollment science courses



  • BIS 2C , Fall, Summer Session


Garrison, N., Rodriguez, J., Agnarsson, I., Coddington, J., Griswold, C., Hamilton, C., Hedin, M., Kocot, K., Ledford, J., Bond, J. (2016) Spider phylogenomics: untangling the spider tree of life. Peer J, 4:e1719,

Ashley, S., Brown, S., Ledford, J., Martin, J., Nash, A.E., Terry, A., Tristan, T., Warwick, C. (2014) Morbidity and mortality of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals at a major exotic companion animal wholesaler. J. Applied Animal Welfare Sciences, 17(4):308-321.

Griswold, C., Audisio, T., and Ledford, J. (2012) An extraordinary new family of spiders from caves in the Pacific Northwest (Araneae, Trogloraptoridae, new family). Zookeys, 215:77-102.

Ledford, J. M., Paquin, P., Cokendolpher, J. and Griswold, C. (2012) Systematics, Conservation and Morphology of the Spider Genus Tayshaneta (Araneae, Leptonetidae) in Central Texas Caves. Zookeys, 167: 1- 102.

Ledford, J. M., Paquin, P., Cokendolpher, J., Campbell, J. and Griswold, C. E. (2011). Systematics of the spider genus Neoleptoneta Brignoli, 1972 (Araneae: Leptonetidae) with a discussion of the morphology and relationships for the North American Leptonetidae. Invertebrate Systematics, 25, 334- 388.

Derkarabetian, S., Ledford, J., and Hedin, M. (2011). Genetic diversification without obvious genitalic morphological divergence in harvestmen (Opiliones, Laniatores, Sclerobunus robustus) from montane sky islands of western North America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 61: 844- 853.

Kavanaugh, D., Archambeault, S., Roopnarine, P., and Ledford, J. (2011) A reconsideration of the taxonomic status of Nebria lacustris Casey (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Nebriini) based on multiple datasets- a single species or a species complex? Zookeys, 147: 199- 228.

Ledford, J. M. and Griswold, C. E. 2010. A study of the subfamily Archoleptonetinae (Araneae, Leptonetidae) with a review of the morphology and relationships for the Leptonetidae. Zootaxa, 2391: 1- 32.

Ledford, J. M. 2004. A revision of the spider genus Calileptoneta Platnick with notes on morphology, natural history, and biogeography (Araneae: Leptonetidae). Journal of Arachnology, 32 (2): 231- 269.

Griswold, C. E. and Ledford, J. M. 2001. A monograph of the migid spiders of Madagascar with consideration of world genera. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci., 125pp.