This is a selected review of my work to date. For a comprehensive cv, please email me. 

2009          Ph.D.   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Biology
2000          B.S.     University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Zoology, minor Anthropology                         

Association Professor,
2018 – present
Environmental Studies
Elon University, Elon, NC

Assistant Professor, 2012 – 2018
Environmental Studies
Elon University, Elon, NC

SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2012
Department of Geography
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Doctoral Dissertation Research and Teaching Assistant, 2004-2009
Department of Biology
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Fisheries Biologist, 2003-2004
Florida Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Port Charlotte, FL

Research Assistant, 2001-2002
Waterways Management Department
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, FL

Biological Technician GS-5, 2000-2001
Freshwater Fish Ecology Group
Florida Integrated Science Center
USGS, Gainesville, FL

Laboratory Technician, 1997-2000
Ichthyology Department
Florida Museum of Natural History
UF, Gainesville, FL


Associate Professor, Department of ENvironmental Studies, Elon University, 2018 – present

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Elon University, 2012 – 2018

Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina – Pembroke, 2011

Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2004-2009

Co-Course Designer/Instructor, Department of Biology, University of NC – Chapel Hill, 2006

American Society of Naturalists
International Biogeography Society
North Carolina Academy of Science
Sigma Xi
Society for Conservation Biology

Reviewer for: Biological Invasions, Conservation Biology, Current Zoology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Plos One 


Archis, J. N., Akcali, C., Stuart, B. L., Kikuchi, D., Chunco, A. J. 2018. Is the future already here? The impact of climate change on the distribution of the eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius). PeerJ. 6:e4647

Didion, J.,  F. Pardo-Manuel de Villena, A. Morgan, L. Yadgary, T. Bell, R. McMullan, L. Ortiz de Solorzano, J. Britton-Davidian,  C. Bult, K. Campbel , R. Castiglia, Y.-H. Ching, A. J. Chunco, J. Crowley, E. Chesler, J. French, S. Gabriel, D. Gatti, T. Garland, Jr., E. Giagia-Athanasopoulou, M. Giménez, S. Grize, İ. Gündüz, A. Holmes, H. Hauffe, J. Herman, J. Holt, K. Hua, W. Jolley, A. K. Lindholm, M. López-Fuster, G. Mitsainas, M. Mathias, L. McMillan, M. Graça Ramalhinho, B. Rehermann, S. Rosshart, J. Searle, M.–S. Shiao, E. Solano, K. Svenson, P. Thomas-Laemont, D. Threadgill, J. Ventura, G. Weinstock, D. Pomp, G. Churchill. 2016. A selfish genetic element drives recurring selective sweeps in the house mouse. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33: 1381-1395.

Chunco, A. J. 2014. Hybridization in a warmer world. Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.1052. 

Chunco, A. J., Phimmachak, S., Sivongxay, N., Stuart, B. L. 2013. Predicting Environmental Suitability for a Rare and Threatened Species (Lao Newt, Laotriton laoensis) Using Validated Species Distribution Models. Plos One e8(3): e59853.

Chunco, A. J., Jobe, T., and Pfenning, K. S. 2012. Why do species co-occur? A test of alternative hypotheses describing abiotic differences in sympatry versus allopatry using spadefoot toads. PlosOne 7:e32748.

Angert, A. L., Crozier, L., Rissler, L., Gilman, S., Tewksbury, J., and Chunco, A. J. 2011. Species’ traits weakly predict recent range shifts. Ecology Letters 14: 677-689.

Chunco, A. J., McKinnon, J., Servedio, M. R. 2007. Microhabitat variation and sexual selection can maintain male color polymorphisms. Evolution 61: 2504-2515.

Pfennig, K. S., Chunco, A. J., and Reynolds, A.C.  2007.  Ecological selection and hybrid fitness: hybrids succeed on parental resources. Evol. Ecol. Res. 9:341-354.

Burkhead, N. M., Jelks, H. L., Chunco, A., Walsh, S.J., Freeman, B.J., Skelton, C.E. and Freeman, M. 2001.  Progress report of benthic fishes in the Upper Coosa River System, North Georgia.  USGS Interim Report. 41 pp.

Burgess, G. H., Chunco, A., Nadik, W. and Johnson, S. 2000. Pelagic Elasmobranch Bibliography. International Pelagic Shark Workshop, Pacific Grove, California. 38 pp.

For a complete cv, feel free to email me at achunco(at)