Dr. John S. Placyk, Jr.

Phone: 903-262-2310

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in Marine Science from Stockton University M.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Certified in Applied Statistical Strategies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Certified to teach Science 7-12 (Biology, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science)

Dr. John S. Placyk, Jr.

Dr. Placyk grew up in South Jersey near Philadelphia where he completed his B.S. in Marine Science from Stockton University in 1998.  He then moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he obtained his M.S. in Biology in 2000 studying salamander behavior before spending a summer as a research assistant at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Manomet, Massachusetts working with shorebirds and wetland birds. In 2000, he traveled to Knoxvillle, TN to become a Vol and finished his Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in 2006 studying gartersnake behavior, morphology, ecology, and genetics.  After a short stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tennessee, he joined the Biology faculty at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2007, where he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate and then full Professor, was awarded over a million dollars in research grants to support his research program in conservation biology, finished a dozen graduate students and hundreds of undergrads, and was both acting and assistant chair of Biology before deciding he wanted to focus primarly on teaching.  As a result, he "retired" from UT-Tyler in May of 2019 and joined Tyler Lee in August of the same year.  Despite leaving his research lab behind, Dr. Placyk continues to publish peer-reviewed journal articles and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Herpetology.  He also is adjunct faculty at the University of Arkansas and UC Berkeley Extension.  To learn more about Dr. Placyk's research, check out the below Google Scholar site.

Dr. Placyk's Google Scholar profile

Dr. Placyk and his wife and three children run a rescue/hobby ranch in Murchison, where he also serves as a city councilman.  Dr. Placyk and his family currently care for 7 horses, 2 donkeys, 2 cows, 3 tortoises, 3 aquatic turtles, an ornate box turtle, a bearded dragon, 80+ chickens, 3 ducks, ~10 dogs, and ~20 cats. 

Class Schedule - Room E-111

1st period - Earth and Space Science

2nd period - Conference

3rd period - Earth and Space Science

4th period - On Level Biology - A lunch

5th period - PLC

6th period - On Level Biology

7th period - On Level Biology

8th period - On Level Biology

Office Hours

M, W, F - 7:45-8:15 AM

T, R - 4:00 - 4:30 PM