Lab Members

Bryan L. Stuart (that’s me!) is Research Curator of Herpetology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. I have a B.Sc. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University, a M.Sc. in Zoology from North Carolina State University, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (in a joint program with the Field Museum of Natural History), and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Jimmy A. McGuire at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. I began my current position in the Herpetology Unit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in 2008. Thank you for visiting my website.

Bryan Stuart herping in Invindo National Park, Gabon. ©Rayna Bell

Jeffrey C. Beane is Collection Manager of Herpetology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He has worked at the museum since 1985 and has served in his current position since 1995. He has extensive knowledge of the collection and the natural history of North Carolina, especially amphibians and reptiles. Learn more about Jeff, and follow his (mostly) natural history-oriented posts on Facebook

Jeff Beane and fence lizard in the NC Sandhills. ©Bryan L. Stuart

Heather F. Leslie is Project Manager overseeing the assimilation of two recent, large acquisitions of herpetology research collections from the Charleston Museum and Appalachian State University. She coordinates and trains our volunteers, leads CitSciScribe activities for the Herpetology Unit, and is a databasing whiz. The acquisition project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Heather Leslie georeferencing specimens. ©Jeffrey C. Beane

Stephanie J. Horton is Assistant Project Manager helping Heather with the collection acquisitions, volunteers, and data quality control. The acquisition project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Stephanie Horton with binoculars. ©Jeffrey C. Beane

C. Aubrey Wiggins is Technician in the Herpetology Unit and provides invaluable assistance with databasing and curating the collection.

Aubrey Wiggins on the collection database. ©Jeffrey C. Beane

Samuel J. Eliades is Technician in the Herpetology Unit and an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University. He helps with verifying collection data and routine curatorial needs, and is working with me on systematics of Southeast Asian geckos. Sam is entering a Ph.D. program with Dr. Cameron Siler at the University of Oklahoma in Fall 2017.

Sam Eliades in Australia. ©Sam Eliades

Zachary Privette is an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University working with me on systematics of Southeast Asian megophryid frogs.

Zach Privette in the Herpetology Unit. ©Jeffrey C. Beane

Alvin L. Braswell is Emeritus Curator of Herpetology. He joined the museum staff in 1968 and retired in 2014. He continues to contribute to the collection through regular field work, and serves on numerous committees and working groups focused on natural history and biodiversity conservation in North Carolina.

Alvin Braswell in the office. ©Alvin L. Braswell

William M. Palmer is Emeritus Curator of Herpetology. He joined the museum staff in 1951, and retired in 1995. Bill professionalized the collection by initiating a cataloguing system, and through his fieldwork, he built much of the early collection. His opus on the Reptiles of North Carolina, co-authored with Alvin Braswell, remains the major work on that fauna. Bill continues to help with cataloging the collection and routine curatorial needs.

Bill Palmer at his desk in the Herpetology Unit. ©Jeffrey C. Beane
Alvin and Bill herping in the Croatan National Forest, NC, in 1969. Photographer unknown.

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