Conservation Husbandry Specialist
Steve grew up in Northwest Indiana and was exposed to herpetology at a young age and cites several factors and people that were influential to this passion. His parents embraced childhood curiosity of the natural world, and through his local 4-H program. He cites the late Charles B Keating Jr, his former herpetology project superintendant, as being very influential to his interests. Steve would continue his life journey attending Purdue University and took several key courses to his interests and several others to diversify his knowledge base. He cherishes the friendships and connections that he has made over the years both domestic and international.
Steve’s herpetological interests include: current medicine and surgical techniques, emergent disease in wild and captive populations, advancements in the production of human antivenin, aspects of in-situ conservation of Midwest and International species, captive management and herpetoculture of imperiled species, and education of the public and future generations regarding the plight of wildlife worldwide. He also praises his wifeâ€™s tolerance for his unique interests and hopes to extend his knowledge of the natural world to his children.