Sarah Smiley-Walters started as the Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Biology in January 2017. She recently completed her Ph.D. thesis, which was titled “Interactions between Pigmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) and a Suite of Prey Species: A Study of Prey Behavior and Variable Venom Toxicity.”
At Stetson, she is currently teaching comparative vertebrate anatomy and introductory biology. As a teacher-scholar, Dr. Smiley-Walters conducts collaborative research on snake ecology with Stetson undergraduates and with Terence Farrell, Brown Fellow and professor of biology. Dr. Smiley-Walters also has expertise in small mammal ecology and has served as an American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) – American Institute of Biological Science Public Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C.
She currently is the Chair of ASM’s Student Science Policy Award committee. Dr. Smiley-Walters has maintained an interest in pedagogy and, as a graduate student, served on a departmental curriculum committee and helped revise biology lab manuals. Sarah earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, an M.S. from the University of South Florida, and dual B.S. degrees from Florida State University.