About Me

Hello, and welcome to the Herping Michigan Blog! I'm Nick Scobel, a current student at Central Michigan University where I'm finishing up my degree in Environmental Sciences & Wildlife Biology. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in nature and the environment. When I was young, my dad used to take me out hiking, fishing, and camping and it was through these experiences that I gained a love for the natural world. Many of my summer days as a kid were spent at a local creek where I would come with jars filled with frogs and garter snakes in hand.

 Hanging out with a Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in the mountains of West Virginia

My research interests involve the ecology & evolution of reptiles & amphibians and ongoing conservation work involving these taxa, particularly pitvipers, salamanders, and turtles. In 2010 I spent my summer interning for Dave Mifsud, a herpetologist & wetland ecologist who runs his own ecological consulting firm, where I was involved in a variety of projects which included herpetofaunal surveys, habitat restoration, and work with several threatened and endangered species. The internship helped get my feet wet in ecological work and gave me invaluable field experience. In 2011, I spent my summer interning for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where I worked on several conservation projects involving Wood Turtles & Bog Turtles. I will be returning to the northeast in the summer of 2012 to continue working on these projects.

Photographing a Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxii) in SW Michigan

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling around Michigan and other parts of the country to find and photograph reptiles & amphibians. So if you're out in a state park, state forest, or preserve in Michigan and happen to bump into me, don't hesitate to say hello. Happy herping everyone!