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PhD student, Utah State University

I am a PhD student at Utah State University, where I study the behavior, physiology, and ecology of lizards and snakes. The many fascinating aspects of snake natural history have led me to research this topic, which is quite narrow compared to my interest in snake ecology as a whole. Additionally, my work brings me into frequent contact with the serious need for snake conservation, which really requires holistic conservation of ecosystem structure and function, on which human society depends.


  • 2011–present
    PhD Student, Utah State University
  • 2009–2011
    MS Student, Eastern Illinois University


  • 2014
    Intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence the expression of defensive behaviors in Plains Hog-nosed Snakes (Colubridae: Heterodon), Ethology
  • 2013
    Habitat influences diet overlap in aquatic snake assemblages, Journal of Zoology
  • 2011
    Needles in haystacks: estimating detection probability and occupancy of rare and cryptic snakes, Biological Conservation