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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by jonathan.piazza91, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. jonathan.piazza91

    jonathan.piazza91 Active Member

    Hello everyone. My name is JP. I am 26 (turning 27 in the next couple weeks) and am married with a son. I have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and research experience in Costa Rica, Botswana, and southern California. I have always been a reptile enthusiast and have kept a handful of beginner/intermediate species over the years. I currently have a BCI (Hog Island locality) and am building a large enclosure to keep an iguana in the future. I enjoy reading through the forum board and figured it would be good to join so I can reach out for help and to help others.
     
  2. Lori68

    Lori68 Established Member

    Hi JP :) Hog Island boas are very pretty snakes, I love them. What types of things were you studying in your research trips?
     
  3. jonathan.piazza91

    jonathan.piazza91 Active Member

    Hello Lori. My main undergraduate research was in the montane mloid forest of Costa Rica setting up camera trap arrays to do baseline surveys. We were primarily looking for jaguar, ocelot, and other felid predators but also managed for all of their prey species as well as invasives such as coyote. In Botswana I worked with community escort guides in concessions around the Okavango Delta and taught them how to take ownership of their wildlife management through monitoring efforts along defined transect routes. We also collected data for Birdlife Botswana. In San Diego, I worked for CDFW as a lowly Scientific Aid (haha) and worked on land management efforts .I also worked for a nonprofit as a land manager doing very similar land management activities.

    Now I have a little boy and a wife, moved up to WA and am a supervisor in a production plant, lol. Needed benefits and better pay for my young family than what I was able to scrounge up in Southern California.
     
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  4. Lori68

    Lori68 Established Member

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing your bit of history. You must have some really fascinating stories to tell about the things you've come across and what you've learned in your studies out in the field :) Its a nature lovers dream to do something like that. Good to have a guy like yourself here!

    And we're almost neighbors in a loose sense of the term. I'm just slightly north of your state....just over the border.
     
  5. jonathan.piazza91

    jonathan.piazza91 Active Member

    I've seen many monitors in Botswana :] I really enjoyed international research and hope to visit those areas again in the future with my family. Southern Africa is a truly wild place. Central and South America are beautiful and there's tons of wildlife as well, but not as "in your face" as southern Africa. Thanks again for the welcome!
     
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