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Robert joined the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute in April 2020 as a research associate for the eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) recovery on Eglin Air Force Base. Robert also works to establish a long-term viable population for gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) by monitoring resident tortoises on the base, translocating tortoises from central and south Florida.
He worked in the Florida panhandle and the longleaf pine ecosystem since 2016, assisting recovery projects through Virginia Tech for gopher tortoises, reticulated flatwoods salamanders (Ambystoma bishopi), Florida bog frogs (Rana okaloosae), and red-cockaded woodpeckers (Dryobates borealis). Previously, he assisted the indigo snake repatriation program for Auburn University in Conecuh National Park.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science majoring in Wildlife Science through Virginia Tech. He realized his desire to work with reptiles and amphibians in high school when he volunteered at the Mill Mountain Zoo to work with various snake, turtle and lizard species and an American alligator.
Robert stays active when he is not working, participating in various beach activities and involved in many recreational sports. He enjoys kayaking, going on hikes, and spending time with his Black Lab, Toby.