Faculty Spotlight Series – Wednesday, Nov. 1

The third presentation in the 2017-18 Faculty Spotlight series will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1.  Terence Farrell, Professor of Biology, will speak on Pygmy Rattlesnakes and the People Who Study Them

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
Location: Lynn Business Center Boardroom – 213

All are welcome!

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Pygmy Rattlesnakes and the People who Study Them

Dr. Farrell will discuss recent research projects on rattlesnake foraging behavior, maternal behavior, venom composition, fungal disease, and endocrinology.  He will discuss the collaborations with other Stetson faculty, students, and researchers from other institutions who have been vital in successfully completing these projects.  He will also show images and videos of Pygmy rattlesnakes to illustrate key points.

Terence Farrell, Professor of Biology and Brown Faculty Fellow, has been a faculty member of Stetson since 1989. He has spent much of the last two decades studying Pygmy rattlesnakes and box turtles at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge with Peter May and a dedicated group of Stetson University students. Approximately 20 of these students have published their work.  He recently conducted research in collaboration with Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Ecology, Craig Lind, and approximately ten Stetson students, involving a diversity of investigations on snake ecology. These topics include the impacts of snake fungal disease, the hormonal control of reproductive behaviors, the causes of venom variation, and the foraging behaviors of Pygmy rattlesnakes.

 Stetson Spotlight Series

The Faculty Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of Faculty Spotlight Series.