Lizard in hand


students inspecting lizard
Quantifying mite load on whiptail lizard

General Statement: I welcome inquiries from those interested in pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in vertebrate ecology with an emphasis in herpetology, ornithology, or conservation biology.

There are ongoing projects in the lab that might be of interest or students may develop their own research projects. If students are interesting in volunteering on the Gateway trapping project and getting experience in wildlife studies, please contact me.

New Masters Grad Position starting in May 2024. This will be a 2-year funded position. The San Pedro is a beautiful system for herps and we are looking for someone with live-trapping skills to relate community to changes post biocontrol beetle. We will also hire an Undergraduate Technician position for the summer of 2024 and 2025. See project Impact of Salt Cedar Biocontrol. (The 2024 positions are filled)

I encourage those interested to contact me and to arrange a campus visit so you are able to make a well-informed decision about what life is like in the lab, the ASU’s Applied Biological Sciences program, ASU’s Polytechnic campus, and the Phoenix – Mesa areas.

students in desert logging their findings
ASU News – ASU senior Brett Montgomery works with Assoc. Prof. Heather Bateman doing a daily survey of trapped reptiles on the grounds of the Phoenix Gateway Airport, east of the Polytechnic campus in Mesa, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. He checks the contents of a buried 5-gallon pitfall trap. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News