December Social

Our lab’s December Holiday Social was well attended in 2022:  A couple recent alumni dropped in, and even the Honours Students managed to find time amongst their end-of-semester exams!  A superb potluck dinner was created.

Lily presents in Montréal

In mid-August, Lily presented a poster on her thesis work at  the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  She entitled it  “How does translocation affect the movement and survival of a population of gophersnakes at their northern range limit?”.

Lab members attend Biology of the PitVipers 4

In July, members of our lab attended the 4th international Biology of the Pitvipers meeting in Rodeo, New Mexico.  Presenting on their work were Chloe, Jade, Veronica, and Matt (Matt has since departed the lab for a position with the Penticton Indian Band).   Karl also gave a presentation summarizing the past two-decades of work by the lab on rattlesnakes.  Afterwards the group was superbly hosted by Mike and Denise Cardwell at their home in the Sonoran Desert on the outskirts of Tuscon, Arizona.    

Lab completes new BC Reptiles & Amphibians website!

Finally!  The new BC Reptiles & Amphibians has launched!  The website was a long labour of love by members of our lab, plus Devon Martin, a senior student in Computer Sciences.  The new site replaces the retired BC Reptiles website and combines it with parallel information on amphibians!  This project was a collaborative effort by our TRU group and the BC Ministry of the Environment.  Support for the project came from the BC Government’s Conservation Economic Stimulus Initiative.    Profiles on all the team members can be found by going to the About Us page on the website –

To celebrate, the team went out for a well-earned dinner.  Missing from the photo is Edyta Marcisz (our GIS expert and map builder) and Leigh Anne Isaac, the Provincial Small Mammal & Herpetofauna Specialist who did so much to make this all happen.  Thanks to everyone involved.