Mike is a Chicago area native. He received an A.S. in Biology from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, a B.A. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is presently an M.S. candidate here at the University of Texas at Arlington, with Jonathan Campbell as his advisor. Mike is broadly interested in evolutionary ecology. He is particularly interested in the evolution and ecology of island faunas, as well as how proximate ecological and ultimate evolutionary mechanisms have determined thermoregulatory behavior in squamate reptiles. As an undergraduate, Mike worked in the physiological ecology laboratory of Dr. Michael Sears, where he studied the effects of reproductive status on thermoregulatory behavior in Sceloporus lizards. As a master's student, Mike's research concentrates on body size evolution, thermal adaptation, and abundance patterns in island and mainland populations of the lizard Norops lemurinus, in Honduras. Mike is also collaborating with Dr. Eric Smith on a project dealing with geographical variants of a species of Indian coral snake (Calliophus nigrescens). After obtaining his M.Sc. degree at UTA Mike joined the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at Dartmouth College under the guidance of Dr. Ryan Calsbeek.
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