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Todd Lab Herpetolgy and Wildlife Conservation

About Brian

Dr. Todd with a desert tortoise in the Mojave National Preserve

I am interested in understanding the factors that affect the distribution, abundance, and persistence of wildlife populations. My work primarily focuses on the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians but my motivation is to shed light on the broader conservation questions that ultimately affect all forms of wildlife and the environments in which they live. Consequently, much of my research focuses on several fundamental factors that lead to the imperilment of species and populations.

I generally conduct research with the goal of answering questions about the ways in which wildlife respond to a world that is rapidly changing due to anthropogenic factors like habitat loss or degradation, climate change, and the introduction of invasive species or novel pathogens.