In addition to my interests in evolutionary and conservation genetics, I also have a strong interest in natural history and biodiversity. Terrestrial snails are one of the most successful and diverse of all animal groups (~35,000 species) and are important to humans as a source of food, and medicine, as crop pests, and as vectors of parasites that affect humans, wildlife and livestock. Information on the current distribution of Iowa terrestrial snails is severely lacking and is hindering the assessment of the conservation status of these organisms. Establishing baseline occurrence data is critical first step towards understanding the factors that affect the distribution of these organisms.
Associate Professor, Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Iowa State University
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B.S., University of Georgia, 1988
M.S., University of Georgia, 1994
Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2000