Dr. Matt Close


Assistant Professor
Office: 174 Center for the Sciences
Lab: 166 Center for the Sciences
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142
Tel: (540) 831-6290
E-mail: mclose2@radford.edu




Courses Taught

BIOL 105: Biology for Health Sciences
BIOL 160: Introductory Seminar in Biology
BIOL 322: Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 405: Histology
BIOL 410/411: Human Anatomy and Physiology for Science Majors
BIOL 460: Advanced Seminar in Biology
BIOL 481: Appalachian Herpetology



I am broadly interested in the functional, evolutionary and ecological anatomy of vertebrate animals. I use a variety of techniques ranging from behavioral and kinematic analyses, gross and micro-dissection and histology to approach  multiple levels of organization (from cells to whole organisms).

My research has specifically focused on the form and function of extensible soft tissues in snakes and the prey that they ingest. Snakes must swallow prey whole, and many of the major existing groups of snakes are capable of ingesting relatively large prey (macrostomy). I am interested in the aspects of snake anatomy that make this phenomenon possible, the ecological significance of it, and how it has evolved over time.

Students interested in conducting research in my lab, whether it is working on snake behavior and anatomy or simply learning anatomical techniques to answer similar interesting questions of their own, are encouraged to contact me.


Reticulated python, Broghammerus reticulatus