Brian is a Biologist for the Steinhart Aquarium.
Q & A
Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. I take care of a lot of different animals including amphibians, reptiles, fish and terrestrial invertebrates. I have worked with these animals in a variety of zoos and aquariums and I am the primary trainer for staff who will work with our venomous and dangerous reptiles.
What got you interested in becoming a Biologist? I have always been interested in amphibians and reptiles. My first memory is of a box turtle that my Dad brought home for me. I have been hooked on “herps” ever since.
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Selected Articles and Publications
Saumure, R A., Freiermuth, B., Jundt, J.,Rowlett, L., Jewell, J. 2002. A New Technique for the Safe Capture and Transport of Crocodilians in Captivity. Herpetological Husbandry 33(4), 294-296.
Brian’s Suggested Reading:
“The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification,Behavior, and Calls” By Lang Elliott, Carl Gerhardt and Carlos Davidson, 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Company).
"Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide”By Lawrence L. C. Jones and Robert E. Lovich, editors, 2009 (Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, Arizona)
“The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas” By Jay M. Savage, 2002 (University of Chicago Press)
“Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition, expanded” by Roger Conant and Joseph T. Collins, 1998 (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY)
“Hylid Frogs of Middle America”by William E. Duellman, 2001 (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, St. Louis, MO)
“Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California Including its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortés”, 2002 by L. Lee Grismer (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA)
“Ranas de hoja de Costa Rica (Leaf-frogs of Costa Rica)”
by Brian Kubicki, 2004 (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica)
"Salamanders of the United States and Canada” by James W. Petranka , 1998 (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.)