About Me

I am originally from upstate New York, but I have spent many years living in Syracuse, NY for my bachelor's degree (Environmental Biology), San Luis Obispo, CA for my master's degree (Biology), and New Brunswick, NJ for my Ph.D. (Ecology & Evolution). My research is in the field of physiological ecology, where I recently focused on the inter-relationships between testosterone and other factors influencing ectoparasitism and growth in fence lizards (Sceloporus undulatus and Sceloporus occidentalis). In addition to physiological ecology, my other area of expertise is herpetology, and my studies over the years have involved reptiles, such as anoles, Hog Island boa constrictors, and fence lizards. Another passion of mine is teaching, education, and curriculum development, something I take a lot of pride in. Outside of academia, my interests include hiking, herping, traveling, cooking, craft beer, hockey, baseball, softball, and bowling. I particularly consider myself a big traveler as it is very important to me to continue traveling so I can continue grow as an individual, learn, and see the world that I am a part of. Joining me in my journey through these years are my wife (Chris), dog (Caju), Russian tortoise (Norman), bearded dragon (Fredrick), and Brazilian rainbow boa (Eliana).        

Lecturer & Laboratory Coordinator
Anatomy & Physiology
University of Texas - Arlington
Department of Biology