Research

 

    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.



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"Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."

                            -Isaac Watts

 

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