2022    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 Revision).

2022   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). 

 

2022   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).

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

                         Biology Department

                         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

                         Biology Department

                         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 wildlife agencies, regional universities, forestry associations, and botanical societies to ensure harvested populations are being properly monitored for the long-term health of each species. Created and implemented measures aimed at controlling populations of introduced feral hogs (Sus scrofa) to limit destruction to forestlands and native plant and animal species. Established or expanded programs and revenue streams related to apiary leases, wetland mitigation, and other value-added services. 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 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. Nail samples were taken from turtles collected to study mercury loads across size classes of snapping turtles and to examine ontogenetic shifts in feeding. This was a four-year project funded through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

 

2009     Dr. Lindsay Sullivan, San Francisco State University

             Research Assistant

Quantified feeding and growth of larval and juvenile planktivorous fish in the San Francisco Estuary.  Research performed at The Romberg-Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, Tiburon, CA using a Costeca Elemental Combustion System (Model ECS410, EAS Clarity Software), Sartorius De-Ionizer, Sartorius Micro-Balance (Model SE2), compound and dissecting microscopes.

 

2008-    Dr. Mietek Kolipinski, Senior Scientist, National Park 

2009     Service, Pacific West Regional Office, San Francisco, CA

             Primary Investigator

 

Developed and executed 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.  Laboratory research included preserving specimens, species identification, working with local professional botanists and biologists, cataloguing data and management of 5 research assistants.

2008    Ecology and Conservation Field Study,

            Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

            Field Researcher

 

Research emphasis was on interaction amongst tortoise species native to the Galapagos Islands including variation in shell morphologies, home ranges, reproduction habits and human impact on life cycles. Duties included overseeing research groups, collecting and analyzing data, and working with residents and agencies. 

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