Wes is originally from Pennsylvania, in particular Lancaster County (i.e. Pennsylvania Dutch Country). He received his B.S. in Biology from a small school in North Carolina called Davidson College. He then moved to Lubbock, Texas where he received his M.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Wildlands Science and Management from Texas Tech University. His thesis research focused on conservation and ecology of the Texas horned lizard, particularly movement and habitat use, in an under-studied part of its range. He is broadly interested in wildlife conservation with an emphasis on herpetofauna. His past research questions have mainly focused on population biology and habitat use; however, he is very interested in incorporating aspects of physiological ecology and/or disease ecology into future research.
In his free time he enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking, cooking, and seeing/hearing live music. He spent over half of 2013 living down in Uruguay where he taught English to business folks. It was a wonderful experience, and he would love to return someday - albeit more in the role of a conservation biologist/ecologist rather than an English teacher. Considering almost the entire country is rangeland, research conducted as part of this lab might help me do just that.