Shane Siers

After 6 yrs active duty in the Marine Corps, 2 yrs training dolphins for the Navy, and 10 yrs in the zoo industry (from keeper to curator), I decided to dive into the science of conservation. I finished off my B.Sc. in Biology (Independent Major: Zoo and Museum Sciences) at UMASS Boston and got my M.Sc. in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Systematics) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where I got a good background in molecular and spatial techniques. Upon finishing my M.Sc., I began work as Research Manager for the USGS Brown Treesnake Project on Guam for 3.5 years. I am currently on a Ph.D. assistantship with the USGS and the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, under Dr. Julie Savidge, studying how geographic variation in invasive Brown Treesnake populations and movement rates affect prospects for successful landscape-level suppression efforts. My primary interests are landscape ecology and invasive vertebrate control. I’m also an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer/videographer, getting therapy for landlock-fever on the snowboard slopes.