AE Nash began her PhD at UNC in 2013. She is currently working on numerous aspects of social behavior of Spiny-tailed Iguanas, Ctenosaura similis, at the Palo Verde Research Facility in Liberia, Costa Rica.
Tanner Harvey is originally from the east coast and earned his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College in Maine. He has always been fascinated by venomous snakes and the toxinology of venoms. He is pursuing a Ph. D. in Biological Sciences and is isolating specific proteins from crude snake venom to evaluate their toxicity and mechanisms of action. In the future he plans to pursue a career studying the pharmacological applications of biotoxins and he hopes that the potential for biomedical development of venom toxins will help motivate the protection of venomous species worldwide. When not studying or in the lab he enjoys rock climbing, hiking mountains, and exploring new places.
Graham Dawson is a Masters student in Biological Sciences at UNC. He is originally from Denver, Colorado and received his undergraduate degree in Biology, with a focus on ecology, evolution, and behavior, from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is primarily interested in the social behavior of rattlesnakes and is interested in investigating possible social networks and whether they show kin recognition. After completing his Masters, he is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. Outside of the lab he enjoys brewing his own beer, running, biking and hiking.
Emily Grabowsky is pursuing her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences at UNC. She was born in New Jersey, but has spent most of her life in Colorado. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, she moved to Arizona to study herpetofauna and adventure around the desert before starting graduate school. Although she has been able to work with many species, from horses to hyenas to tortoises, her time in Arizona helped her narrow down interests. She is currently studying the venom composition and ecology of the tiny, mountain dwelling snake, the Twin-spotted Rattlesnake (Crotalus pricei). With this experience, she hopes to one day attain a career as a wildlife biologist and continue research that will aid managers in developing conservation plans for wildlife (especially reptiles!). Her other interests are very broad, but her favorite extracurricular activities always include some sort of outdoor adventure (hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking) with her dog.
Cara F. Smith
Cara started her PhD at UNC this fall and is working on an NSF-sponsored grant to evaluate admixture and venom phenotypes in the Western Rattlesnake clade.