Kate Jackson, Prof.

Canadian, based in USA
Whitman College
BII expert in: Reptiles

I am a herpetologist whose research explores the morphology, biodiversity, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles, with a regional specialization in central Africa and a taxonomic focus on snakes and snakebite. My team carries out field-based and collections-based research, contributing to a strong herpetological foundation on which both biodiversity conservation and snakebite management initiatives can build.

Expansion of human populations into biodiverse ecosystems brings humans into contact with wildlife, including snakes. Snakebite is a neglected public health problem in central Africa, and one which can only be expected to worsen with anthropisation of habitats. At the same time, conservation of snakes and the ecosystems they are part of, is impacted by some of the same global forces.