Cole is in his senior year of the BSc program (Biological Sciences) at TRU. Cole has worked previously on our snake projects, and this year he is conducting his own research on the physiological response of Western Rattlesnakes to different levels of habitat disturbance. Using techniques piloted by Jared, Cole is collecting blood serum from rattlesnakes living in different landscapes and comparing corticosterone levels.
Cole’s work is supported through the TRU Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program. Dr. Mark Rakobowchuk from Biological Sciences is closely involved in the lab work, along with Dr. Christine Bishop from Environment & Climate Change Canada.