Elijah is an avid naturalist with a particular interest the ecology, biogeography, and systematics of reptiles and amphibians. Elijah received a B.A. from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007. Since graduating, he has worked on bats for the state of Colorado and has spent the past several years on the Pacific island of Guam working on the brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis). Projects in progress include co-authoring a field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the Mariana Islands and an analysis of frogs in the genus Fejervarya established on Guam. He is a new member of the Smith Research Group pursuing a Ph.D.