I am currently a Senior biology major at Davidson College and I joined the Herpetology Lab my sophomore Spring through an independent study. I am pre-vet and am interested in learning more about reptiles and amphibians through the research opportunities provided at Davidson in the years to come. In 2011 I conducted a salamander research project with Maddie Kern studying oviposition site selection of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) based on factors such as predator density, water depth, water temperature, dissolved oxygen content, and vegetation. Our paper based off of this study has been accepted by The Journal of Herpetology and we are currently awaiting publication. As a part of the Herp lab, I have helped with outreach events, such as Reptile and Amphibian Day, and have had the opportunity to travel to Kiawah Island as part of a terrapin research project for the past two years. As part of a research project from a previous class, I was also able to create a review website about the physiology of stingray venom which you can check out below:


If you have any questions, you can email me at adnassar@davidson.edu