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Dr. Wade C. Sherbrooke

Wade C. Sherbrooke, Ph.D., has been engaged with reptiles since volunteering in high school at the Staten Island Zoo, with Carl Kauffeld. Further training and adventures incurred during undergraduate training at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a graduate MS program in Charles H. Lowe’s lab in Tucson, University of Arizona. Wade’s thesis focused on elevational distributions of herps on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Subsequent adventures in the Peace Corps took him to the Amazon Basin in Peru, where he spent two years teaching at the Universidad Agraria de la Selva, in Tingo María. Vacations involved traveling jungle rivers to collect herps (deposited at the Smithsonian) and studying the reproductive cycle of a tropical microteid. Back in Arizona, Wade’s herpetological interests finally coalesced around investigations into the lives of horned lizards. This led him to return to a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. His investigations have been diverse: microscopic structure of skin mechanoreceptors, blood and digestive tract adaptations for ingesting stinging/biting ants, capture and transport of water in scale hinge channels for “rain-harvest” drinking, hibernation, nesting behaviors, and behavioral responses to varied predator threats from canids and felids (including blood-squirting), venomous and non-venomous snakes, roadrunners, grasshopper mice, and leopard lizards. His pursuit of answers to questions concerning these lizards has taken him throughout much of the western U.S. and Mexico. Wade was Director of the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS), a regional research facility of the American Museum of Natural History for 18 years. His book “Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America” was published by the University of California Press (2003). Dr. Sherbrooke has published over 60 papers and notes on horned lizard biology. Currently he lives near Tucson.