About Brian Butterfield
I began teaching at FHU in 1996 where I teach a variety of major and non-major courses. I conduct research in the area of vertebrate biology and specialize in amphibian and reptilian ecology, biogeography, and conservation. I have authored or coauthored over 80 scientific publications including two book chapters and one book on herpetological topics. I actively involve my students in research and currently have students studying turtle community dynamics, zoogeography of west Tennessee, and invasive gecko behavior.
When I am not working, I enjoy outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping, and growing orchids. I am an avid fisherman and have set 19 world records for fish that I have caught. Since 2008, I have had the privilege of serving as the faculty sponsor of the FHU Bass Anglers, our university's intercollegiate fishing team. I am also a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo and a chief instructor and faculty sponsor of the FHU Taekwondo Club.