Rob Denton

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Southwest Dreamin’

Greetings all! Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) about to say something important. I haven’t posted on this blog for close to a month due to general busyness and time spent traveling. The purpose of my recent traveling has been to make it out to Portal, AZ to help out with the field herpetology class taught at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwest Research Station. This has been my first time west of Yellowstone National Park, and oh boy I have had a fantastic time so far. My labmate Matt Holding demonstrating how to safely handle venomous snakes for research purposes. […]

Catching diamondback terrapins on Kiawah Island

Turtles. I love them. You love them. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the University of Maryland Terps, the members of order Testudines are iconic, remarkable animals. Unfortunately, wild turtles have had a hard time in recent historical time, with almost 50% of turtle species endangered or threatened worldwide. In fact, last year (2011) was designated the year of the turtle in order to raise awareness about turtles’ plight.  This past week I was in Kiawah Island, South Carolina participating in the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) survey ran by Davidson College and The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). This long-term survey […]