Max graduated with high honors from Davidson College with a BS in Biology. During his undergraduate studies at Davidson College, he was an active member of the Herpetology Lab and assisted with various projects including long-term studies of diamondback terrapins, salamanders, and pond turtles. Max also participated in many outreach programs that were both attended and organized by the Davidson College Herpetology Lab. For his undergraduate honors thesis, Max undertook the lead on a project investigating optimal egg size and potential constraints to egg size in the diamondback terrapin. As part of this project, he also mentored high school students, taking them out in the field to assist with mark-recapture and data collection, and providing hands on experience with the process of scientific research.
Max is attending UC Davis to pursue a PhD in Conservation Ecology. He is interested in the conservation of herpetofauna and is currently focused on how the behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians, especially behavioral syndromes (or animal personalities) and space use, might inform conservation efforts. For his PhD work, Max is focusing on these topics as they relate to the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).
Examples of recent publications
Kern MM, Guzy JC, Lovich JE, Gibbons JW, Dorcas ME. In Press. Relationships of maternal body size and morphology with egg and clutch size in the diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin (Testudines: Emydidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, forthcoming.