Dr. Harold Cleveland

Dr. Cleveland holding a turtle

I am a full-time instructor in Human Anatomy and have been at UCO since 1997.
I was born in Council Grove, Kansas and was the youngest of 5 children. My hobby
has been herpetology since I was 9 years old. I received my BS degree in Wildlife Management at
Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. I 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. I married an Argentinean while there and in our 37 years together we had one son.
I received my MS in Zoology at the University of Illinois. I was then 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 I
received my PhD in Epidemiology. After my retirement I became a widow and eventually remarried a lady from
Venezuela. A few years after joining the faculty at UCO I returned to my roots and am presently engaged in a
research project in herpetology at the Selman Living Lab. My friend, Buddy, in my photo is a Carolina Box turtle
that I captured as a baby and raised. He died a few years ago at the age of 36. 


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