Robert E. Weaver, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Washington State University, Zoology, 2010
M.Sc. Central Washington University, Biology 2006
B.Sc. Central Washington University, Biology 2003
Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology I, Mechanisms of Evolution, Herpetology, Human Physiology, Fundamentals of Biology
My research is focused on the biology of squamate reptiles, particularly on the organism-ecosystem interface and the behavioral ecology of snakes. For nearly 10 years, I have conducted extensive field research on the natural history of several rare, poorly-known, and endangered snake species. In the field and laboratory, I have spent much time testing hypotheses related to snake behavior, such as foraging time and prey preference. This field research has greatly refined my development of experimental protocols in a hypothesis-driven framework. My research has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications that have shown novel insights into snake behavior, including the consumption of new prey items, unexpected abiotic factors effecting movement patterns, and timing of activity. In recent years, I have broadened my research skills and capacity by collaborating with other researchers on many hypothesis-driven projects that integrate natural history with physiology, cellular tissue function, and phylogeography to develop a more comprehensive view of the evolution of squamate reptiles.
(asterisks indicate undergraduate co-authors)
Meyers, E. A*.,Weaver, R. E.,and H. Alamillo. 2013. Population Stability of the Northern Desert Nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea deserticola) during the Pleistocene. Journal of Herpetology 47:432-437
Weaver, R.E.,Clark, W. H., and D. McEwen. 2012. Prey chemical discrimination by the desert nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea): A comparison of invertebrate and vertebrate prey. Journal of Herpetology 46: 523-526
O'Connor, A., Wallace, J., King, J., and J. A. Walker. 2011. Discovery of the Triploid Checkered Whiptail Lizard (Aspidoscelis neotesselata) in Washington State. Northwestern Naturalist 92:233-236
Weaver.,R.E. 2011. Effects of moonlight on the activity patterns of the desert nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea). Northwest Science 80:497-501
Weaver, R.E., Weaver, K.S., Clark, W. H., McEwen, D.,and B. Bauer*. 2010. Diet and foraging behavior of the western terrestrial gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans) in a stream within the shrub-steppe of central Washington State. Northwestern Naturalist 91:309-317.
Weaver, R. E. 2010. Diet and reproduction of the desert nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea) in central Washington state. Journal of Herpetology 44:148-152.
Weaver, R. E. 2010. Activity patterns of the desert nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea). Southwestern Naturalist 55: 172-178
Weaver, R. E., and K. V. Kardong. 2010. Discrimination of potential prey through chemoreception by the sharp-tailed snake (Contia tenuis). Northwestern Naturalist 91:58-62.
Weaver, R. E. and K. V. Kardong. 2009. Microhabitat and prey odor selection in Hypsiglena chlorophaea. Copeia 2009: 475-482.
Dornburg, A. * and R. E. Weaver. 2009. First report of scavenging by the northern pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus). Northwestern Naturalist 90: 55-57.
Weaver, R.E. 2008. Distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of the night snake (Hypsiglena torquata) in Washington State. Northwestern Naturalist 89:164-170.
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