April 2009 Meeting: Jeff Dawson: Herping Vietnam and Thailand
|Date:||April 1, 2009|
|Location:||Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods directions|
Jeff Dawson grew up in western Ohio and was fascinated by animals as a kid - especially reptiles and amphibians. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a B. S. degree in Zoology. After graduation, Jeff assisted on a research project by radio-tracking sidewinder rattlesnakes in California.
For the past five years, he has worked as a full-time keeper at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Jef also keeps and breed a number of reptiles at home. Recently, he was accepted into a distance learning M. S. program in Biology through the University of Nebraska. Although he am interested in all herps, Jeff is especially fascinated by turtles and tortoises.
During his presentation at the March meeting, Jeff plans to share photos and stories from a trip to Vietnam in 2007. He will concentrate on the turtle species that are found there, discuss some of the problems threatening their survival, and speak about some conservation efforts that are trying to help them. He will also talk a little about a trip to Thailand that he hopes to do next year for his Master?s research.