Adrien Domske
Former Laboratory Manager/Research Assistant, Herpetology Laboratory
Department of Biology, Davidson College

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Adrien was the Herpetology Laboratory Manager at Davidson College from October 2008 until August 2009. Currently she is volunteering on research projects and assisting the students involved with the lab.

Adrien's background is in the zoological field. She began by caring for and training marine mammals at The Dolphin Connection, in Duck Key, FL and then at the Brookfield Zoo, in Chicago, IL. When she moved from Chicago, she switched gears and began working as an aquarist/animal keeper at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA. There she worked with a variety of amphibians and reptiles, most of which were native to the Mississippi River and its bordering states. She was primary keeper for most of the native venomous and non-venomous snakes, and was a relief keeper for the diverse collection of salamanders and anurans, both native and non-native.

As a keeper there, she became experienced in all aspects of care and husbandry of amphibians and reptiles, including captive breeding of endangered anurans. This position was not her first encounter with herps, although she first focused her career on marine mammals, herps were always a side passion of hers and she keeps snakes at home. This made the switch professionally much easier and a welcome one.

The position as lab manager enabled her to oversee the general operations of the herpetology lab, as well as supervise the animal care provided for the outreach animals in the lab.

This opportunity with Davidson College provided new experiences in fieldwork and research, of which Adrien has always been interested, but never had the chance to be involved in with previous positions. She is looking forward to assisting in new projects and to developing her own research projects in the future, as well as providing her expertise in animal husbandry in caring for the animals housed in the lab.

Adrien assisted with four research projects, two of which are completed and in the final stages of review. One of the projects is the ongoing Diamondback terrapin research. Be sure to check back often for updates on new projects or the completion of projects.

Adrien Domske

Lab Manager , Davidson College Herpetology Lab 2008-2009
Dept. of Biology
Davidson College
Davidson NC 28035-7118

Phone: (704) 894-2727
Fax: (704) 894-2512


addomske@davidson.edu