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Harold Cleveland, Ph.D., is a full-time instructor in human anatomy and has been at UCO since 1997. He was born in Council Grove, Kansas, and was the youngest of five children. His hobby has been herpetology since he was 9 years old. He received a BS degree in Wildlife Management at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He then spent 9 months in Argentina as a field assistant to a professor studying the life history and behavior of Tinamous, a game bird in South America.

He married an Argentinean while there and, in 37 years together, had a son. He received an MS in Zoology at the University of Illinois. He was one of the original professors in the College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and retired from there in 1994. While there, he received a PhD in Epidemiology.

After retirement, he became a widow and eventually remarried a lady from Venezuela. A few years after joining the faculty at UCO, he returned to his roots and currently is conducting a reptile road survey at the Selman Living Lab. Over the last three years, he has sighted 158 snakes. His turtle friend, Buddy (in the photo), is a Carolina Box turtle that he captured as a baby and raised. Buddy died a few years ago at the age of 36.

Education and Certifications

  • Northwestern State University
    B.S. Wildlife Management
  • University of Illinois
    M.S. Zoology
  • Univeristy of Oklahoma
    Ph.D. Epidemiology

Classes Taught

BIO 2504 Human Anatomy

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