Expertise DescriptionI have over 30 years experience in both law enforcement and herpetology with expertise in narcotics, firearms, man-tracking, law enforcement procedures and use-of-force. I have additional expertise in rattlesnake behavior; I perform my own transmitter surgeries, implanting small radio transmitters in the abdomens of rattlesnakes, venomous bites and stings, medically-significant injuries, avoiding envenomation, recognizing symptoms, and providing proper first aid. I have over 30 years expert witness experience with consultations and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
I have been lecturing/training on venomous bites and stings for more than 30 years, including identifying the few native venomous animals capable of producing medically-significant injuries, avoiding envenomation, recognizing symptoms, and providing proper first aid. Of course, a major portion of this training addresses rattlesnakes. I have provided training on how to safely deal with nuisance rattlesnakes for California State Park Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Water Resources, as well as various county and local agencies, zoo and wildlife rescue workers, utility company employees, and others organizations.
Having documented nearly 10,000 close encounters with wild rattlesnakes while collecting data during my radiotelemetry studies over the past 16 years (resulting in multiple scientific publications and oral presentations at scientific meetings), you will have a difficult time finding a credible witness with more personal experience with rattlesnake behavior. I am trained in and perform my own transmitter surgeries, implanting small radio transmitters in the abdomens of rattlesnakes for my field studies. I earned an MS degree with a thesis on how Mohave rattlesnakes adapt to drought in the desert.
The vast majority of my rattlesnake experience is in southern California’s Mohave Desert and, although the Tucson area is home to more species of rattlesnakes, the common ones that produce most of the bites (western diamondbacks, Crotalus atrox, and Mohave rattlesnakes, Crotalus scutulatus) occur in both places.