I am Coordinator of Laboratories for the Department of Biology. I oversee the Introductory Biology lab program, which consists of three lab courses: Integrated Principles of Biology I and II, BSC 2010L and BSC 2011L, a two semester sequence of laboratories for majors; and BSC 2009L, a laboratory for non-science majors.
I work primarily with American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), although the large number of captive crocodilians in Florida has allowed me to work with many other species in a comparative manner. Early in my career, I concentrated on aspects of social behavior. My graduate work involved detailed description and analysis of alligator courtship behaviors. I also studied other aspects of social signals, including visual and auditory displays. Some of this early work on alligator biology was featured in the National Geographic Society Television Special Realm of the Alligator, an excellent source for video images of the complex social and reproductive behaviors these animals perform.
As my current job responsibilities are largely administrative, I am unable to spend large amounts of time observing the behavior of crocodilians. In recent years, I have worked in many other areas of crocodilians biology, including aspects of anatomy, endocrinology, parasitology, and developmental energetics.
I have worked for many years with captive animals in zoo settings, especially in association with the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Due to this involvement, I have become co-chair of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association (AZA) Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG).