Josh Parker - Author of the Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mojave Desert.

Josh Parker demonstrating the benign nature of rattlesnakes when outside of their strike-range.

Joshua M. Parker, Ph. D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Clayton State University in Georgia. Prior to that, he was a tenured Professor of Biology at the College of Southern Nevada for seven years during which time he became intimately familiar with the Mojave and all of its reptile and amphibian species. He received his B.S. in Biology at California State University, Stanislaus. He then went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. He teaches a variety of lower- and upper-division Biology classes for nonmajors and majors, including Herpetology. Although he lives in Georgia, and teaching takes up most of his time during academic semesters, he still receives extramural funding to do research on his favorite species of rattlesnake out West – the midget faded rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus concolor ). He is now spending his free time getting familiar with the herps of the south.

      Simone Brito, M.S. is currently an Instructor of Biology at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Georgia. Prior to that, she was a tenured Professor of Biology at the College of Southern Nevada. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology with an emphasis in vertebrate physiology at UNESP, Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before she started working for the College of Southern Nevada, she became a research technician for the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where she led field surveys for Mohave desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii ), this gave her the opportunity to become intimately familiar with the Mojave and all of its herps.

       While Josh leans more towards field ecology and conservation, Simone is best described as a herpetological physiologist. The authors met in Brazil during graduate school while collaborating in lab studies focused on the digestive physiology of reptiles. The two married soon after Simone finished her M.S. and moved to the United States.

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