Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Meet the Faculty

J. Daren Riedle
Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Wildlife Management
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Lincoln University
115 Foster Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5563


  • B.S. from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

  • M.S. from Oklahoma State University

  • Ph.D. from Texas A&M University


Research Focus:

  • Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management

  • Community Ecology

  • Population Demography

  • Herpetology


Daren Riedle is an assistant professor of natural resources and wildlife management, and holds adjunct faculty status in the Department of Biology at Missouri State University. Prior to returning to academia, Daren worked as a research coordinator and conservation planner for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Daren has worked throughout the south-central and southwestern United States, as well as northern Mexico, and South Africa. Daren has been heavily involved in recovery planning for Sonoyta mud turtle, Sonoran desert tortoise, and alligator snapping turtle. He is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/ Species Survival Commission – Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group His current research focuses on community ecology in riverine environments, and conservation of river turtles.



Murphy, R.W., K.H. Berry, T. Edwards, A. E. Leviton, A. Lathrop, and J. Daren Riedle. 2011. The dazed and confused identity of Agassiz’s land tortoise, Gopherus agassizii (Testudines, Testudinidae) with the description of a new species, and its consequences for conservation. ZooKeys 113:39-71.
Rosen, P. C., C. Melendez, J. D. Riedle, A. C. Pate, and E. Fernandez. 2010. Ecology and Conservation In the Sonoyta Valley, Arizona and Sonora. Pp. 143-160 In: W. Halvorson, C. Schwalbe, and C. Van Riper III (Eds.). Southwestern Desert Resources. University of Arizona Press, Tuscon.
Riedle, J. D., R. C. Averill-Murray, and D. G. Grandmaison. 2010. Seasonal variation in survivorship and mortality of desert tortoises in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona. Journal of Herpetology 44:164-167.
Riedle, J. D., C. L. Lutz, R. C. Averill-Murray, and D. K. Bolen. 2008. Habitat use by desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) on alluvial fans in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona. Copeia 2008:414-420
Riedle, J. D. P. A. Shipman, S. F. Fox, J. C. Hackler, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2008. Population structure of the alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, on the western edge of its distribution. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 7:100-104.