Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Apalachicola Reserve Offers Lecture on Rattlesnakes


APALACHICOLA - Apalachicola National Research Reserve is offering an hour-long lecture about the local rattlesnake population on Thursday, April 2, at the Apalachicola Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint. Mark Margres from Florida State University will discuss the ecology, evolution, and conservation of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake including the genetic basis of adaptation in snake venoms, particularly among island populations including Little St. George Island.

Mark Margres is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University.  Mark's dissertation research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of adaptation in snake venoms, particularly among island populations of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake.  Mark has recently begun focusing on the interactions between rattlesnakes and their rodent prey on Little St. George Island.  His talk about the population venomics of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) identifies selection-driven incipient speciation and will discuss the ecology, evolution, and conservation of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, a species currently up for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

This lecture is free and registration is not required. For more information contact Gibby Conrad, via telephone at 850-670-7702 or  via email at Gibby.Conrad@dep.state.fl.us.

WHAT:  Lecture

WHEN:  Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Apalachicola National Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Dr., Eastpoint, FL 32328