Dr. Charles F. Smith
Dr. Charles F. Smith is an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist. His research interests center on the evolution of mating systems, especially in the links between spatial ecology, behavior, morphology and physiology, and the fitness benefits and costs arising from each of these attributes at the population level. Chuck’s research combines field (e.g., radio-telemetry, GIS analysis) and laboratory (e.g., endocrinological, histological, molecular) approaches to address hypotheses about the spatial ecology and reproductive physiology of pitvipers. Chuck is a Professor of Biology at Wofford College, Director of The Copperhead Institute, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chiricahua Desert Museum, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed book (2 volumes), Rattlesnakes of Arizona (ECO Publishing, 2016).