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The Mysteries of Painted Turtle Spots and Colors

Friday, October 1st at 3:15 pm
Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education Auditorium

Biography

John Steffen is an assistant professor at Shepherd University. He is an organismal biologist and herpetologist (i.e. reptile and amphibian biologist) who studies how skin and feather colors are used by animals to communicate information to other animals in the environment. I received my Ph.D. at Auburn University where I studied Ethology and Behavioral Ecology under the advisement of ornithologist Geoffrey Hill and tropical herpetologist Craig Guyer. My previous research investigated the use of carotenoid-colored dewlaps in species-rich, tropical, and subtropical Anolis lizards. My current research investigates the use of carotenoid-based colors in even more ancient reptiles, turtles.