Hi! My name is Michael M. Webber, and I received my Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the advising of Dr. Javier Rodríguez. My dissertation research interests focused on life history tradeoffs and reproductive costs for Arizona Bark Scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus). In addition to scorpion research, I am also interesting in the feeding and reproductive ecology of rattlesnakes (Sidewinder Rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes).
In my research, I seek to examine factors that influence the evolution of animal behaviors and reproductive strategies through the use of experimental trials and physiological assays, and then ultimately place my findings in the context of the natural history of organisms.
I enjoy fieldwork! “Herping” and “Scorping” are my main hobbies, and southern Nevada is the perfect location to explore the desert for my favorite organisms with my 4-legged buddy Klauber. I also enjoy collaborating with other herpers and scorpers, so if you feel like there is an overlap in our research interests feel free to contact me!