Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology
and Conservation

Dr. William HayesMy students and I consider it a privilege to study some of the world’s most unique and endangered species. Helping to ensure the survival of animals threatened by human population growth and environmental change is a huge challenge. Please take a few minutes to examine some of the work we propose to do. Consider partnering with us in our effort to learn more about some of the world's most endangered species, whose survival may depend on the information we seek to obtain and the programs we wish to undertake. Your interest in and support of our work could make a huge difference--not just for these under-appreciated animals, but also in training the next generation of conservation biologists.

William K. Hayes, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Conservation
or, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies

Eric CareyFor more than 15 years, Dr. Hayes and his students have conducted groundbreaking biodiversity and conservation studies and environmental education in my home country, The Bahamas. Their work has provided invaluable information on how to manage and preserve some of our rarest and most endangered animals—living jewels which face dire threats from development and habitat loss. I am greatly excited about the work that Dr. Hayes and his collaborators propose to do, and urge you to consider joining them in this effort.

Eric Carey
Executive Director, Bahamas National Trust

Leonard Brand, Ph. D. Loma Linda University is recognized internationally for its health mission and emphasis on wholeness. We are concerned with wholeness not just of body, mind, and spirit, but also that of our environment. As our planet suffers from overpopulation and habitat destruction, the accelerating biodiversity crisis reminds us of the possibility of our own demise. Our very existence depends on maintaining healthy ecosystems, not just for our sake but for the other inhabitants of our planet as well. Please join the efforts of this lab in promoting environmental wholeness and awareness.

Leonard R. Brand, Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Earth and Biological Sciences

Advisory Council

Sean Bush, M.D.
  Herpetologist, envenomation specialist
Tom Crutchfield
  Herpetologist, Tom Crutchfield Reptiles
Ryan Potts, Ph.D.
  Herpetologist, private reptile breeder
Donald Tuttle
  Conservation biologist, Jadora Intl.
Joseph Wasilewski
  Herpetologist, Jadora Intl.

Graduate Students

Allen Cooper – centipede venom use
Aaron Corbit – rattlesnake ecology
Eric Dugan – rattlesnake ecology
Ricardo Escobar – West Indian boas
Gerad Fox – scorpion venom use
Eric Gren – rattlesnake venom variation
David Nelsen – spider venom use
Carl Person – rattlesnake systematics
Melissa Price – Bahama ornithology
Valerie Robinette – Bahama ornithology
Amy Utt – California Condor conservation