An MS student in Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Bill Peterman, advisor
Thesis title: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: Ohio Population Survey and Survey Technique Development
Thesis description: Evan's thesis, supported by The Ohio Department of Transportation, is to modify and test the Adapted-Hunt Drift Fence Technique as a non-invasive and cost-effective alternative survey method for the endangered eastern Massasauga rattlesnake in northeastern Ohio. With our adaptation of this method, developed by Martin et al. in 2017, snakes will be guided along a Y-shaped drift fence to inverted buckets containing a camera trap.
Bio: Evan obtained his BS Biology from SUNY Binghamton in December 2014. After a year in the molecular phylogenetics world at UNC-Chapel Hill, he entered the field of conservation biology. In 2016, he spent a summer as a field technician working with Ohio eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, followed by six months as part of a king cobra spatial ecology project in Thailand. Since returning to the States in 2017, Evan contributed to several papers from his time in SE Asia, published an article on noise pollution, and assisted in grant writing for Namibian rhino conservation through WildTrack. After graduate school, Evan aims to start a career in conservation program management, administration and policy for government agencies or NGOs.