Darren Fraser

Ph.D. Ecology
Major Advisor: Jeb Byers

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Darren Fraser was born and raised in Fresno, California. From a young age, he developed a love of nature while exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains found just outside his backyard. He channeled this love into wildlife research with the Animal Behavior Lab while attending school at San Diego State University.  It was with this lab that he first gained field experience radio-tracking Northern Pacific rattlesnakes and trapping California ground squirrels as part of a project looking at the interactions between a predator and its prey. After completing his B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2013, he stayed on with the Animal Behavior Lab at San Diego State as a volunteer for the summer. In 2014, Darren moved to Jekyll Island, Georgia to join the Applied Wildlife Conservation Lab as a research technician with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. As a technician, he gained more research experience assisting with various radio-telemetry, mark-recapture, and wildlife surveying projects focused on the reptiles and amphibians on the island. Darren started graduate school in the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia under the advisement of Dr. Kimberly Andrews in August 2015 after receiving a Wormsloe Fellowship for the Wormsloe Institute of Environmental History. He is interested in terrestrial wildlife and their use of the interfaces between terrestrial and aquatic habitats. His project focuses on how terrestrial wildlife use the salt marsh-maritime forest ecotone for movement and foraging. Specifically, Darren is using game cameras to study wildlife use of this edge habitat and stable isotope analysis to study the foraging behaviors of the most commonly observed terrestrial wildlife in this edge.