Member since: May 14, 2012
My interest in Herpetology started at a very young age. Whey I was a child, my father would take me out looking for snakes and measuring their length against my height. This early interest in reptiles and amphibians led me to the University of North Carolina Asheville, where I pursued a degree in ecology and environmental biology. Here I was exposed the the great diversity of caudate species that inhabit the Appalachian region of the United States.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, I worked briefly as an environmental educator before applying and being accepted as the Panamanian golden frog keeper at the Maryland Zoo. After two years at the Maryland Zoo I decided to move forward with my career and accepted a job in the Herpetology department at the Bronx Zoo in 2008. At this time I also began taking courses in animal behavior at Hunter University.
Currently I work in Washington DC and have recently been accepted into George Mason University's Conservation Science and Policy Graduate program. I am a member of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Conservation Committee, the Turtle Survival Alliance, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and several other herpetological organizations.
My passion for conservation has continued to be a motivation in my life, and as I continue forward with my graduate studies I hope to contribute more to conserving this planet's diversity of plants and animals.