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Matt Goode, University of Arizona

Could you state your name and the organisation you work for/ founded;

Matt Goode, University of Arizona
(In the picture Matt is the guy in the middle)

When was the organisation founded?

1885

What is your position or role in the organisation?

Research Scientist

What are the main goals of your organisation?

As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.

Could you tell us something about recent projects?

Recent projects include:  ecology and conservation of King Cobras in India and Thailand; effects of military activity on Flat-tailed Horned Lizards; ecology and conservation of urban herpetofauna; activity and movement patterns of Gila Monsters; ecology and conservation genetics of Tiger Rattlesnakes; range-wide habitat use of New Mexico Ridge-nosed Rattlesnakes; effects of fire on lizards in oak savannah; ecology and conservation of Narrow-headed Gartersnakes; spatial ecology of three rattlesnake species in an urban preserve.

What is in your opinion the biggest success of your organisation since it started?

Providing an education and experience to students at all levels.

Do you have any specific goals in the near future?

Continue to conduct research that will lead to a better understanding of herpetofauna and more effective management and conservation of their habitats.

Why is your work so important ?

Because it fills a gap in our knowledge of poorly understood species and contributes to effective management and conservation.

Afbeelding verwijderd.Could you give an idea, what organisations like the Herpetofauna foundation, can contribute to your work?

The most important thing is funds that go towards paying people to conduct fieldwork, followed by the need for equipment, such as radiotransmitters.  We also need funds to pay for travel expenses, especially in-country in India and Nepal.

How can people get involved in your work?

They can volunteer.  For example, we have several volunteers at any one time in Thailand working on King Cobras.  We are always in need of dedicated, hard-working people that enjoy the spectacular animals and environments in which we work.