Contributors are individuals that I have invited to regularly publish their work here because of their unique insights, commitment to science outreach, and engaging writing style.

Brian Folt (view Brian's essays)

    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 (Macrochelys temminckii), Map Turtles (Graptemys), and the federally-endangered Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis). This work has lead 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 Graham (view Sean's essays)

    Sean P. Graham is assistant professor of biology at Sul Ross State University, where he teaches a variety of courses in vertebrate biology and ecology. He is author of several scientific publications and recently published his first book, American Snakes, with Johns Hopkins University Press.