Joel Ledford

Joel Ledford

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences

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.