Contributors are individuals that I have invited to regularly publish their work here.
Brian Folt: I originally hail from the Midwest (Hudson, Ohio), and I received my
bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Ohio University (2011). I grew tired of the long, cold winters, however, so I moved South and am now pursuing a Ph.D. in biology at Auburn University. Phenomenal climate and people down here. Most of my research focuses on understanding what influences the distribution and abundance of amphibians and reptiles in the southeastern United States and in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. I also dabble in evolutionary biology and systematics.
I was drawn onto the career path of an academic biologist because I am fascinated by all plants and animals, I believe they are intrinsically valuable, and I would like to conserve them. For these reasons, I am also actively involved in conservation projects studying imperiled species, such as the Alligator Snapping Turtle, Map Turtles, and the federally-endangered Alabama Red-bellied Turtle. This work has led to my participation with the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC), where I serve as Secretary. Another facet of my job that I particularly enjoy involves educating others: from college students, to elementary schoolers and the elderly. Because humans are the greatest threat to the maintenance of biodiversity, I believe that outreach and education are among the most effective tools to conserve wildlife, and I hope to educate a greater audience through my contributions at this blog. If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sean P. Graham: I am an assistant professor of biology at Sul Ross State University, where I teaches a variety of courses in vertebrate biology and ecology. I am the author of several scientific publications and recently published my first book, American Snakes, with Johns Hopkins University Press.