Retired after more than 30 years as a wildlife biologist, Paul is
still pursuing his passion as a volunteer in the Gainesville
A.B. Biology, Emory University
M.S. Zoology, University of Florida
Florida Division of Health, 5½ years
FWC (formerly Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission), 33
What are you working on now?
Survey of alligator snapping turtles in the Big Bend
How is this information beneficial?
Alligator snapping turtles are currently known to occur in the
Suwannee drainage and drainages from Tallahassee to Texas. It is
not known whether alligator snappers occur in the short Big Bend
drainages (Steinhatchee to Wakulla rivers). This survey will
determine whether they occur in these drainages, which lie between
the Suwannee and Ochlockonee rivers. If so, then examination of
these turtles will clarify the relationship of the Suwannee
population to alligator snappers elsewhere and provide additional
information needed for the development of the management plan
currently being prepared for alligator snapping turtles.
Was this your original career interest? Why or why
Yes. Why not? My career interest began developing when I was 5
years old, and at that age, philosophical questions such as why and
why not were not of particular interest.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Getting paid to work with and learn from Florida's diverse
What do you like most about your career?
The opportunity to work with and learn from Florida's diverse
What do you like least about your career?
Bureaucracy and paper work.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Archery, wheelbarrows, and guitars.
What advice would you give to someone interested in
pursuing a career in your field?
Seriously work on improving writing and other communication
skills. Otherwise, be persistent and get lucky.