Indiana Herp Atlas cast of characters:
I grew up exploring the streams and forests of eastern Indiana and have been fortunate enough to see many unique natural regions throughout the state. I have a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College and an M.S. in biology from Missouri State University. While in Indiana, I studied movement and habitat use in various species including crawfish frogs, copperheads, and timber rattlesnakes. I am currently in a graduate program at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, studying forest management effects on timber rattlesnakes. The diverse array of amphibians and reptiles found in Indiana are hidden treasures that I hope many others will come to cherish as I have.
I am Professor of Biology at Indiana - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where I have combined my expertise in reptile ecology with an interest in the environment to develop a research program that focuses on the conservation of endangered reptiles. You can learn more about me at my personal web site. I am one of the leaders in this field in the Midwest, and my research group is involved in numerous empirical and applied studies throughout the region on snakes, turtles, and wetlands. I also direct the Environmental Resources Center (ERC), where, in addition to our research, we develop and provide a variety of conservation materials in hard copy and for the Internet, and also assist with various computer and GIS-related projects. Another hat I wear is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at IPFW.
I began to love amphibians and reptiles as I followed cricket frog choruses and stalked basking watersnakes while growing up in Indianapolis. I graduated with a B.S. Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2013, and I am currently a PhD Student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where my research focuses on using genetic and genomic tools to study amphibian ecology and evolution. You can read about my research on my personal website.