My herpetological colleagues have called me a generalist and I suppose that term accurately describes my research program. I am acutely aware that a generalist may be a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none as Pianka has so aptly pointed out in an ecological sense, and it remains for my colleagues to judge how close I have come to mastering anything. My opportunistic research approach has been heavily flavored by the work and person of my former major professor, Henry Fitch. The questions I ask are those which can be reasonably answered within the constraints imposed by working at a small liberal arts college with no graduate students. My specific interests are in using mark-recapture and radiotelemetry techniques to study the population and physiological ecology of reptiles, particularly snakes and turtles. I especially enjoy working closely with students and actively seek out promising undergraduates to work with me. Because Harding University is primarily a teaching university without a graduate program in biology, I also hold adjunct appointments at various other universities where I have opportunity to interact with graduate faculty and students and serve on graduate student committees.
"Were the whole realm of
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."