Drew was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised in Missouri and Minnesota, where he developed a keen interest in amphibians and reptiles at a young age. His interest has been stimulated by his academic career thus far and has developed into a variety of research interests related to the biogeography, diversity, ecology, and evolution of vipers, particularly the Old and New World pit vipers. Drew received his B.A. from University of Minnesota Morris in 2012 where he majored in biology. At UMM, he studied aspects of the behavior and natural history of the tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum alongside Dr. Heather Waye as well as managed the biological collections. He is pursuing his Ph.D. at UTA, where he will focus his study on the systematics and natural history of Southeast Asian snake species. Drew is happiest working in the field, collecting and identifying specimens, but also enjoys reading and writing.