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I am a recently graduated PhD student from University of California, Berkeley. I studied how different reptiles species independently involved to be dark in coloration on lava flows in the deserts of New Mexico. I’m interested in convergent evolution, how animals and their predators see coloration, how reptiles make different colors, and the genetics of adaptation. I also love going out into the field to find reptiles and amphibians in my spare time. So far I’ve been to more than 25 countries looking for different herps!
I am a PhD student at the University of Texas at El Paso, and my dissertation is focused on behavior and predator-prey dynamics. Specifically, I am studying kleptoparasitism in rattlesnakes, and rodent detection of rattlesnake ambush sites. I have an arena installed with a camera system that allows me to monitor and record these animals’ behaviors. My primary research interest is the behavior of North American pit vipers. In my free time, I like hiking with my big Akita, Dolly.
I am a biologist interested in all things limbless. Right now, I am researching snake sidewinding movement as part of my PhD at the University of California, Riverside. I love all herps, but have a particular fondness for snakes, salamanders, and caecilians. Although I have less husbandry experience than some of the other herp hotline responders, I do have two beloved pet snakes who help me with educational outreach, and I love getting outdoors to see animals in their natural habitat.
I am a PhD student at University of California, Riverside, studying the evolution of gecko foot anatomy and physics of gecko locomotion. I use things like high speed videography, X-Rays and microCT scans on all kinds of geckos to learn how foot anatomy has changed in association with the evolution of the adhesive system. I have quite a few pets at the moment, including a Giant Day Gecko (Waluigia), desert tortoise (Peregrino), Waxy Monkey frogs (Luffy, Nami, Zoro and Sanji) and a dog (Dottie).
I am a master’s student at Villanova University studying gecko coloration and evolution. I use computer modelling to determine how color patterns are perceived by visual systems different than our own; for example, reptiles can see ultraviolet (UV) light that is invisible to us. As part of my research I keep and breed several species of dwarf gecko, including the critically endangered (and bright blue!) Lygodactylus williamsi. Outside of the lab, I am an avid wildlife photographer and fossil hunter.