Welcome to The Copperhead Institute

The Copperhead Institute is a 501(c)(3) scientific research institution that was founded in 2011 to conduct and support original research on the ecology and evolutionary biology of snakes, primarily North American pitvipers. We are governed by Directors and a Scientific Advisory Panel, and collaborate with a diverse group of academic partners who have expertise in endocrinology, genetics, behavioral ecology, and field ecology. These partnerships have spawned creative projects that broaden our understanding of the biology of snakes. The mission of The Copperhead Institute is to:

 

  • ​Develop and conduct original field- and laboratory based scientific research on the ecology and evolutionary biology of snakes

 

  • Disseminate our findings to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications (e.g., journals, book chapters) and presentations at scientific meetings.​

 

  • Promote the public conservation of snakes through publication of popular articles and educational materials; also through informal and formal educational presentations.​

 

  • Support the intellectual growth and research goals of graduate and undergraduate students in pursuing a research career.

 

 

       Dr. Charles F. Smith

       Dr. Gordon W. Schuett

       Dr. Warren Booth

       Dr. Mark Davis

       Dr. Randall Reiserer

       Brenna Levine 

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