Invasive Species Science
When USGS research zoologist Gordon G. Rodda was a graduate student at Cornell University studying behavioral biology of alligators —or later, completing a post-doc at the Smithsonian Institute studying the social behavior of green iguanas in Venezuela or following that, as a statistics and sociobiology instructor at the University of Tennessee—he did not foresee that his professional future was in snakes. Lots of snakes, and in places they don’t belong.Guam: Brown Treesnakes
In 1987, when Dr. Rodda was hired by Tom Fritts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work on the brown treesnake project on Guam, researcher Julie Savidge (now at Colorado State University) had just completed work identifying this snake as the perpetrator of massive losses of birds on the island....