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Research Trips

Students, faculty and staff associated with the herpetology lab often have the opportunity to take their research interests off campus. Below are a few destinations we visit regularly.


At least twice a year students and faculty go to Kiawah Island in South Carolina for a week to work on the longest ongoing study of diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) in the world in collaboration with the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Initiated by Whit Gibbons, in 1983, this mark-recapture study monitors the M. terrapin population of the tidal creek tributaries of the Kiawah River.


Several times a year we travel to southern Florida to conduct research on invasive pythons. This often involves cruising the roads in Everglades National Park late at night to look for pythons crossing the roads or tracking pythons using radiotelemetry.

Savannah River

Periodically, we visit one of the premier ecological research centers in the world, the Savannah River Ecology Lab. When we visit, we typically spend a considerable amount of time in the field looking for amphibians and reptiles at many of the varied habitats on the Savannah River Site.


At least once a year, we travel to various conference locations to present the results of our research and network with other biologists.