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Javan Bauder

Graduate Student (PhD)


Javan earned his MS in Biology from Idaho State University in 2010 where he studied prairie rattlesnake movement patterns and his BS in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in 2007.

Javan’s PhD research is centered on understanding how eastern indigo snakes in central Florida respond to anthropogenic landscape features. The eastern indigo snake is federally threatened species that occurs in southern Georgia and peninsular Florida. Eastern indigo snakes have the largest reported home range sizes among snakes and are therefore particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic changes to the landscape and habitat fragmentation. However, eastern indigo snakes in Florida are often found in human-modified habitats, such as ranchlands, agriculture, or rural developments. These habitats may have important conservation value to eastern indigo snakes but it is important to understand how these habitats influence population viability and connectivity. Javan’s PhD research will address these questions using a combination of individual-based population viability modeling and landscape genetics. His work is in collaboration with Dr. Chris Jenkins and The Orianne Society and will build upon the Orianne Society’s previous research on eastern indigo snakes in central Florida.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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