November 22, 2016

I will owe much of my dissertation to the humbling generosity of the John S. Hilson Family Fund. Below. is the foundation's president, Professor Billy Hilson, whipping by on a motorcycle (generous AND cool). 

March 19, 2016

"​Dear TMNH# 64380,

It's an honor and a privilege to be dissecting you in the lab this week. I visit your webpage all the time. I'm one of your biggest fans. I hope you're taking it easy in your big jar now, after our long day together. See you in the morning...



March 3, 2016

Collection staff... please don't hate! I needed hard to get data for my Master's thesis and did my best to keep it kosher. Here, I describe how to reach a middle ground between, "no no NO desctuctive sampling!" and "do whatever you want kid, I'm going on break". I hope...

December 17, 2015

I drew this figure to address the question -> What is a species? Is it a human construct? Nope! Species are real. But discovering them is not an exact science. This sometimes causes scientists to freak out and creationists to laugh at us for trying. This relates to the...

April 2, 2015


Over the past few years, a few coral snakes have turned up where they'd never been seen before. It got some folks wondering! They wanted to know more. Click image to be re-directed to presentation.


November 20, 2014

Chamaeleo jacksonii from the pet trade. Frozen lizards courtesy of paleontologist, Sterling Nesbitt. Skeletonized in Chicago, July 2013. Archived in my personal collection. Four specimens in series. 


After I skinned and eviscerated this chameleon quartet, I left them t...

July 28, 2014

Hello San Fransisco! Collecting more monitor lizard hyoid thesis data via a Charles Stearns Grant in Aid for Herpetology. What a productive month July was.

Anyone case to guess what this pink thing is?

Hint: This specimen is native to planet earth....


Oh happy, productiv...

July 25, 2014

Examining as many monitor lizard species and individuals as I can for my thesis. 

Anatomical target-> The hyoid apparatus. This, in case you couldn't guess, is Varanus komodoensis. That's spanish, I mean SCIENCE, for Komodo Dragon.


June 29, 2014

Just for fun, no business here....


Three pals decided to disappear into one of the massive tracts of pristine rainforest systems that comprises the Guiana Shield of northeastern South America. Ecotourism guru David Banchich was the brain behind this venture. He persona...

June 11, 2014

I was lucky enough to add an outgroup to my monitor-lizard-hyoid-project sample while on a snake hunting trip in Trinidad. Why was I in Trinidad? Because herpetologist John Murphy is an extremely nice guy. John publishes extensively on the herpetofauna of Tri...

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