One of our primary research interests is conserving reptile populations and communities. We study population biology and habitat preferences of threatened populations of reptiles with the overall goal of unraveling the influences of anthropogenic disturbance and climate change.  However, our interests also extend towards conducting laboratory-based studies on the physiological ecology of captive reptiles.  By conducting interdisciplinary conservation-oriented studies, we are able to better understand the impacts of habitat modification and population decline in the field. Maintaining several reptile populations in the laboratory also affords the ability to keep large groups of students actively engaged in research, especially during the semester when travel to field sites is often limited.