Michael M. Webber, Ph.D.
School of Life Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4004
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Major Professor: Dr. Javier A. Rodríguez (2014)
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2008)
A.S., Biology, College of Southern Nevada (2005)
A.A., Arts, College of Southern Nevada (2005)
A.G.S., General Studies, College of Southern Nevada (2005)
Life history evolution, Behavioral ecology, Foraging and feeding ecology, Reproductive ecology, Herpetology, Rattlesnakes, Scorpiology
Webber, M.M., D.B. Thompson and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. Patterns in body allometry in male and female Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus). In prep
Webber, M.M., T. Jezkova and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2016. Feeding ecology of the Sidewinder Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes, Viperidae). Herpetologica, 72(4): 324-330.
Webber, M.M. and R.W. Bryson Jr. 2015. Geographic variation in the thermal biology of a widespread Sonoran Desert arachnid, Centruroides sculpturatus (Arachnida: Scorpiones). Journal of Arid Environments, 121: 40-42.
Webber, M.M., Gibbs, A.G. and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2015. Hot and not-so-hot females: reproductive state and thermal preferences of female Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus). Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(2): 368-375.
Fet, V., M.R. Graham, M.M. Webber and G. Blagoev. 2014. Two new species of Euscorpius (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae) from Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Zootaxa, 3894: 83-105.
Webber, M.M. and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2013. Reproductive tradeoff limits the predatory efficiency of female Arizona Bark Scorpions, Centruroides sculpturatus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13: 197.
Webber, M.M. and M.R. Graham. 2013. An Arizona Bark Scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) found consuming a venomous prey item nearly twice its length. Western North American Naturalist, 73: 530-532.
Ayrey, R.F. and M.M. Webber. 2013. A new Vaejovis C.L. Koch, 1836 and the second known vorhiesi group species from the Santa Catalina Mountains of Arizona (Scorpiones, Vaejovidae). ZooKeys, 270: 21-35.
Graham, M.R., M.M. Webber, G. Blagoev, N. Ivanova, and V. Fet. 2012. Molecular and morphological evidence support the elevation of Euscorpius germanus croaticus Di Caporiacco, 1950 (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae) to E. croaticus stat. nov., a rare species from Croatia. Revista Ibérica de Aracnologia, 21: 41-50.
Webber, M.M. and R.W. Bryson Jr. 2012. A novel thermal gradient design for small-bodied ectotherms. Euscorpius, 140: 1-6.
Webber, M.M., X. Glaudas and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2012. Do Sidewinder Rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastes) cease feeding during the breeding season? Copeia, 2012: 100-105.
Webber, M.M. and M.R. Graham. 2012.Wernerius inyoensis, an elusive new scorpion from the Inyo Mountains of California (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae). ZooKeys, 177: 1-13.
Present, Visiting Assistant Professor, Invertebrate Zoology, Entomology, Principles of Modern Biology II, Human Biology for Non-majors
Biology Lecturer, Principles of Modern Biology II (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Present, Laboratory Instructor, Biology for Non-majors (College of Southern Nevada)
Instructor, Introduction to the University for Science Majors
Graduate Teaching Assistant, General Biology for Non-Majors
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Herpetology
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fundamentals of Life Science for Science Majors
Spring 2008 – Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Herpetology
Spring 2007 – Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Microbiology
2006-2007 – Substitute Teacher for the Clark County School District
2004-2005 – Instructor, Las Vegas Zoological Botanical Park “Explorer Program”
Grants and Awards
2014 – Outstanding Graduate Award (PhD graduation) UNLV
2013 – Wolzinger Family Research Scholarship (UNLV) – $10,000
2012 – National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant – $15,000
2012– Graduate and Professional Student Association Grant (UNLV)- $1,300
2012– “Honorable Mention” Oral Presentation, Graduate and Professional Research Forum, Science and Engineering Section
2011–Graduate and Professional Student Association Grant- $1,000
2011– Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (UNLV)
2011– 1st Place Oral Presentation, Graduate and Professional Research Forum, Science and Engineering Section- $150
2010– Graduate and Professional Student Association Grant (UNLV)- $200
2009–Graduate and Professional Student Association Grant (UNLV)- $750
2008-2009 – McNair Post-Baccalaureate Grant, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – $4,140
2007 –McNair Scholar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2006 –Academic Achievement Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2005 – Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, College of Southern Nevada
2002 –Millennium Scholarship, State of Nevada – $10,000
2015 – Biological Science Technician for the Department of the Interior-United States Geological Survey (USGS), Western Ecological Research Station, Henderson, Nevada
2014 ‒ Served as an expert witness in legal case involving Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus)
Reviewer for: Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Herpetological Review
2013 – Assisted with population surveys of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
2012 – Assisted with the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area: Butterfly Metapopulation, Life History and Autecology Project (Spring Mountains, Nevada)
2011 – Assisted with radio-tracking Desert Tortoises for the San Diego Zoo Global Desert Tortoise Conservation Program
2006 – 2007 – Substitute teacher for the Clark County School District
Community, Leadership and Outreach
2015 – Participated in the Department of the Interior – Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado River- Multi-species Conservation Program Safety Fair, to educate bureau employees on scorpion and snake biology.
2014 – Created television program “UNLV’s – Creatures of the Night with Dr. Michael M. Webber” to educate the general public about the nocturnal wildlife of Southern Nevada.
2014 – Volunteer judge for the Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair (High School division)
2013 – Invited speaker at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. Talk was aimed at introducing high school students to scorpion and rattlesnake biology and about careers in scientific research.
2013 – Invited guest on Arizona Illustrated Science, a program that airs on PBS television stations in Tucson, Arizona. Segment focused on the discovery of a new species of scorpion “Vaejovis brysoni “(Ayrey & Webber, 2013),
2013 – Invited speaker at the Southwest Gas Corporation “Safety Kick-Off” event. Talk was aimed at educating their construction department about the rattlesnakes and scorpions of southern Nevada.
2013 – Invited McNair Alumni panelist. The event involved speaking to McNair Scholar undergraduates about the graduate school experience.
2013 – Volunteer judge for the Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair (High School division)
2013 – Volunteered with ASM (UNLV student chapter) to teach children about cell biology at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
2013 – Guest lecturer (Invertebrate Zoology) Talk given to undergraduate students and focused on life history tradeoffs for female Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus).
2013 – Volunteer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area “Junior Ranger Day”. Activities involved educating the public about local reptile species of Southern Nevada.
2013 – Guest speaker at the Children’s Choice Learning Center, talk was aimed at introducing kindergarten students to scorpion biology.
2012 – Volunteer judge for the Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair (High School division)
2012 – Invited speaker for the West Charleston Technical Academy Biological Field Station seminar series.
2012 – Guest speaker at the Children’s Choice Learning Center, talk was aimed at introducing kindergarten students to scorpion biology.
2012 – Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review Journal, UNLV’s Rebel Yell newspaper, and featured in USA Today, Our Amazing Planet, UNLV News Center, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and MSNBC.com regarding new species description (Webber, M.M., M.R. Graham and J. R. Jaeger, 2012).
2012 – Interviewed by radio station (The Flipside) 89.5 KLAP.FM (airs in Gerlach, Nevada and Cedarville, California) about new scorpion species (Webber, MM., M.R. Graham and J.R. Jaeger, 2012) and about scorpion biology.
2012 – Interviewed by radio station (The Flipside) 89.5 KLAP.FM (airs in Gerlach, Nevada and Cedarville, California) about rattlesnake biology.
2012 – Invited speaker at the Center for Urban Water Conservation (Las Vegas, Nevada). Talk was aimed at educating the public about scorpion biology.
2011 & 2012– Invited host/speaker at “Let’s Explore after Dark”, a program aimed at educating the non-science community on the desert organisms within the Ash Meadow National Wildlife Refuge, Armargosa Valley, NV, and focused on the conservation of wildlife and increasing exposure to science/conservation-related careers.
2011 – Invited speaker at the 32nd Annual Desert Tortoise Symposium (Talk entitled: Do Sidewinder Rattlesnakes cease feeding during the breeding season?)
(2010) Vice President and (2011) President of the UNLV School of Life Sciences BIOS graduate student organization, which is designed to provide undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students with opportunities to present their research each year at a graduate student-run symposium
2010 – Volunteered to organize and judge the 2010 Nevada Science Olympiad which sought to increase interest in environmental science in (K-12) students throughout the state of Nevada.
2008 – 2009 – Involved in Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students in graduate studies
2008 – 2009 – Instructor of the Las Vegas Zoological Botanical Park “Explorer Program” which focused on educating high school students about animal biology.