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”

2020-               University of Florida, Gainesville, FL                        2022                 Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Forest                               Heath and Resilience

                         College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

                         G.P.A – 4.0 

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 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 www.hancockrecreation.com 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

             Primary Investigator


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

            Field Researcher


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