2020 Jones, Landon M., Colteaux, Benjamin C., Leberg, Paul, and Duke-Sylvester, Scott M. A geometric estimator to calculate triangulations from radio telemetry data (In Review).
2020 Colteaux, Benjamin C., Signer, Johannes, and Johnson, Derek M.
Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) home range size in an open environment: Effects of sex, season, and body size using two estimators (In Prep).
2020 Colteaux, Benjamin C. and Johnson, Derek M. The status of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in Virginia: Modelling the effects of commercial harvest regulations on population growth rates in a turtle fishery (In Prep).
2017 Colteaux, Benjamin C.
The Status of Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in Virginia: Population Viability, Demography, Regulatory Analysis, and Conservation. Doctoral Dissertation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA.
2017 Colteaux, Benjamin C. and Johnson, Derek M. Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in the United States: trends and the efficacy of size limits at reducing harvest. Journal for Nature Conservation, 35: 13-19. 2017
2013 Colteaux, Benjamin C., McDonald, Circe, Kolipinksi, Mietek, Cunningham, James B., and Ghosh, Sibdas. Survey of pollinator and plant interactions in meadow and grassland habitats of Marin County, California. BIOS, 84(1):1-7. 2013
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”
2011 – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2017 Ph.D. Integrative Life Sciences
Derek Johnson Laboratory
G.P.A. – 4.0
2012 – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2015 Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Department of Urban and Regional Studies
G.P.A. – 4.0
2010- University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
2011 Ph.D. Environmental and Evolutionary Ecology
Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow
Derek Johnson Laboratory
G.P.A – 4.0
2010 Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA
B.A. Biology with emphasis on Ecology
G.P.A – 3.83, Magna Cum Laude
2018 - Hancock Forest Management/Hancock Natural Resource Group
2020 Wildlife Biologist
Responsible for the management of natural resources on roughly 600,000 acres of licensable hunting ground in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Managed species included white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris), bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus), multiple species of duck (Anas spp.) and sensitive plant and animal species including Texas trailing phlox (Phlox nivalis ssp. texensis), Texas screwstem (Bartonia texana), and the red-cockaded woodpecker (Leuconotopicus borealis). Established collaborations with state and federal agencies including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), U.S. Department of Fish and Game, regional universities, forestry associations, and botanical societies to ensure harvested populations are being properly monitored for the long-term health of each species. Established or expanded programs and revenue streams related to apiary leases, wetland mitigation, and other value-added services. Established an outreach program which serviced roughly 1,200 hunters in order to improve hunting quality through education.
Responsible for the ongoing design and execution of improvements for in order to drive value and increase brand as new products are integrated into the website framework. Responsible for ensuring that all spatial data was kept up-to-date following land sales and license modifications. Worked collaboratively with multiple divisions within Hancock, and outside developers, to ensure that all improvements are made on time and within budgetary parameters. Developed and refined media outreach through advertising and web content in order to increase brand recognition and improve license holder satisfaction. Exceeded recreational income goal by roughly 2 million dollars in the 2019-2020 fiscal period.
2012 - Dr. Derek Johnson, Virginia Commonwealth University
2017 Ph.D. Candidate/Primary Investigator
Doctoral research was focused on assessing the sustainability of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) under current and increasing commercial harvest pressure within Virginia waterways. Research included mark/recapture of both common snapping turtles and by-catch turtle species in three Virginia waterways representing a range of historic commercial harvest intensity. Telemetry data collected from 23 snapping turtles was used to infer movement patterns, habitat usage, conspecific interactions, and population density. In years two and three nails samples were taken from turtles collected in order to study mercury burden across size classes of snapping turtles and to examine ontogenetic shifts in feeding through stable isotope analysis. This was a four year project funded through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
2008- Dr. Mietek Kolipinski, Senior Scientist, National Park
2009 Service, Pacific West Regional Office, San Francisco, CA
Developed and executed a research project cataloguing the bee and wasp species present in Marin County, California. Research involved collecting and preserving bee, wasp and plant samples at 15 sites within Marin County, including sites at the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Areas. Sampling included both native and non-native bee, wasp and plant samples in an effort to establish a catalogue of species present as well as a cross reference of the plants being pollinated. Field research included collection of specimens by hand, plotting of collection sites, overseeing research assistants and working with local park and wildlife agencies. Laboratory research included preserving and mounting of specimens, species identification using dissecting microscopes, working with local professional botanists and biologists, cataloguing of species data and management of 5 research assistants. Data from research was published in the peer-reviewed journal BIOS.
2008 Ecology and Conservation Field Study,
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Program focus was to gain first-hand knowledge of plant and animal life indigenous to Galápagos, Ecuador. Personal emphasis was on interaction amongst tortoise species native to the Galapagos Islands including in-depth study of the various shell morphologies and home ranges as well as reproduction habits and human impact on life cycles. Duties included field identifying native and invasive species, setting up and overseeing research groups, collecting, organizing and analyzing data from research groups, and working with local residents and wildlife agencies.
- John Muir -
Abridged Curriculum Vitae
Research and Professional Experience