The Team

Dr. Colin Strine

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I am a conservationist and ecologist working for Suranaree Unversity of Technology in Northeastern Thailand. Together with Dr. Matt Goode, and Dr. Pongthep Suwanwaree I established the Thailand King Cobra Telemetry Project in 2013 and I’ve since expanded the program to include conservation components. I also established Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team (SCSET) to train  emergency technicians surrounding the biosphere reserve and throughout Thailand on mitigating human snake conflict through snake removal and educational resources distributed by the rescue crews. In addition, this team trains international volunteers from around the world in radio telemetry, conservation actions, data collection and spatial ecology techniques. I’m currently a member of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).

Max Jones

IMG_1665[3359]I am a PhD student studying at Suranaree University of Technology. My project focuses on the ecology of king cobras within the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. Specifically, I study spatial and thermal ecology of free-ranging king cobras alongside learning about their natural history and other biological interactions concerning them. Alongside this I have been the active field manager of the king cobra team since 2017, which involves field work, outreach and education about local snakes.

Anji D’souza

Anji.jpgI am a Master’s by research student in Environmental Biology at Suranaree University of Technology. I am interested in studying predator-prey interactions in natural systems, and found the perfect opportunity to pursue this interest at the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve (SBR) in Northeast Thailand. My project aims to explore the foraging ecology of the Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea) within dry evergreen forests. Since starting this project, I have developed a keen interest in snake ecology and hope to continue to work with snakes in the future.

Ben Marshall

Ben MarshallI am a researcher employed by the Suranaree University of Technology. My role within SCSET is chiefly data analysis, but expands in various forms of support for the ongoing SCSET research projects. Currently, I am working with a team investigating the sensitivity of home range estimation methods.
Future progress, research updates and photography can be found at:
https://benmarshall8.wixsite.com/benjaminmarshall

Sam Smith

Sam Smith.jpgI am currently a first year masters student at Suranaree University of Technology under Dr. Colin Strine. I have just started my field-work for my research on the spatial ecology of native Burmese pythons in the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. While my research primarily involves Burmese pythons, I also collect location and morphometric data from Reticulated pythons which also occur in my study area. Additionally, I am interested in exploring human-python conflict as many pythons that are found in the biosphere reserve are found in or near villages and people’s homes. Even though Burmese and Reticulated pythons share a fairly wide distribution throughout Southeast Asia, very little information is available about their native ecology, presenting an exciting opportunity for novel research. I hope that my research can be applicable to conservation efforts of native Burmese and Reticulated pythons and useful for working towards solutions for mitigating conflict between humans and pythons, and snakes in general.

Cameron Hodges

cameron hodgesI am a snake loving “metalhead” from the United States. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by reptiles. I began searching for snakes, lizards, scorpions, and tarantulas in the forests of Oklahoma when I was about 8 years old, and by the age of 15 I had decided that I wanted to become a professional herpetologist. Throughout my years studying Zoology as an undergraduate student, I began dreaming of working on ecological and conservation projects on snakes in the tropics of Southeast Asia. I originally came to Thailand in early 2016 to help with the king cobra tracking project at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, and I have been working with snakes in Thailand ever since. I am currently working towards my Master’s degree in Environmental Biology at Suranaree University of Technology. My research interests include spatial ecology, behavior, and conservation; with a particular interest in how these relate to snake-human conflict. My project, on one of Thailand’s most venomous snake species, the Malayan krait (Bungarus candidus), aims to gain valuable information on the species’ habitat selection and activity patterns in a human dominated landscape in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Following my passion for reptiles has taken me to some awesome places, and I am excited to see where the snakes take me next.

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