My name is Sebastian Harris. I'm a 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 path to becoming a scientist has provided me with many.

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

Teaching Assistant (Statistics for Biological Research): September 2018 - December 2018, Rutgers University - Camden

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 Computational and Integrative 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 Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University, Dissertation Research studying under Dr. Amy Savage: Interference Competition Between Small to Medium Sized Colubrids and Ant Colonies Along a Latitudinal Gradient

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

Professional Affiliations

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

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

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


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