Coleman is originally from Richmond, VA, where he also started his academic career. He is interested in the biodiversity, systematics, evolution and ecology of amphibians and reptiles, including integrative studies that incorporate ecology, physiology, morphology and behavior within a phylogenetic context. He is particularly interested in almost all aspects of snake biology and has long-standing interests in wildlife conservation. After completing an Associate's degree in Science at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in VA, Coleman received his B.S. degree from the University of Florida majoring in Zoology with a minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He continued at UF for his masters in Zoology under the advisement of Dr. Harvey Lillywhite. He is currently working on his Ph.D. here at UT Arlington in the Smith lab, where he is studying various aspects of the systematics, evolution and functional morphology within many Old and New World snail-eating snake species.