My name is Sebastian Harris. I'm a prospective PhD student at Rutgers University. While my love for wildlife extends beyond the realm of herpetology, reptiles and amphibians were the primary organisms to catch my attention at an early age. Of course, it's no coincidence that I grew up in the 90's and early 2000's, when Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin were captivating us with their adventures. They made me yearn for adventures of my own, and luckily, my life ended up on a path full of exactly that. 

Below is a brief description of my professional experience, education, research and professional affiliations. If you've any questions at all, feel free to contact me through the form at the bottom.  

Happy Herping!

Professionial Experience

Graduate Assistantship (Biology Department): January 2017 – May 2017, East Stroudsburg University

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Specialist, September 2015 - Present, East Stroudsburg University

Teaching Assistant (Ecology): August 2016 – December 2016, East Stroudsburg University

Animal Care: July 2014-March 2015, Lehigh Valley Zoo

Field Technician: June 2013-December 2014, Mid Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation

Naturalist: May 2011-September 2012, Wildlands Conservancy Pool Wildlife Sanctuary


PhD Student in Biology, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey  

M.S. in Biology, May 2018.  East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

B.S. in Biology, May 2014.  Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Graduate Research: Department of Biological Sciences, East Stroudsburg University, Masters Thesis studying under Dr. LaDuke: Microhabitat Selection of Gestating Timber Rattlesnakes in Northeastern Pennsylvania

  •  Comparison of gestation rocks utilized by gravid females, as well as the immediate surrounding habitat, with nearby habitat
  •  Comparison of gestation sites with nearby available sites
  •  Assessment of the behavior of gestating females, including gregariousness and defense of neonates

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) project, Lehigh County Coordinator

TSA’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG)

Orianne Society member

SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles) member


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