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Stephen Mackessy

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  • Ph.D.: Washington State University
  • B.A., M.A.: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Postdoctoral Work: Colorado State University

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Research interests

The general focus of much of my research is on venomous snakes and their venoms; however, particular research projects involve very different aspects of the biology of these remarkable animals, ranging from functional biochemistry to population molecular genetics to natural history/ecology. It is my opinion that an interdisciplinary approach to research can offer the best possibility of understanding an organism and mechanisms of its interactions with its environment, and so my research and that of my students utilizes this multifaceted approach. Below are elaborations of specific projects in progress.

Academic awards and professional honors

  • 2006-2007 -- Excellence in Scholarship Award, College of Natural and Health Sciences, UNC
  • 1999 -- UNC Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 1998 -- Mortar Board Superior Teaching Award
  • 1996 -- Alpha Sigma Alpha Certification of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Students
  • 1995 -- Mortar Board Superior Teaching Award