EDUCATION

  • 2010. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), USA. Advisor: Dr. Javier A. Rodríguez-Robles. Dissertation title: “Space use and mating activities in the speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii).”
  • 2003. Master of Science in Ecology. University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Advisor: Dr. J. Whitfield Gibbons. Thesis title: “Patterns of defensive behavior in pitvipers of the southeastern United States.”
  • 2000. Maîtrise de Géographie (Bachelor’s Degree in Geography). Université Jean Moulin Lyon-III, France (First Class Honor)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • September 2012–present. Postdoctoral researcher. Supervisor: Dr. Graham Alexander. School of Animal, Plant, and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • August 2004–August 2012. Biology instructor and teaching assistant, UNLV and Nevada State College (see “Teaching Experience” section below)
  • May–June 2011. Creating Mojave Desert fauna brochures (birds and invertebrates) for the general public. Supervisor: Dr. Jean Cline. Public Lands Institute, UNLV
  • July–August 2010. Creating Mojave Desert fauna brochures (reptiles and mammals) for the general public. Supervisor: Dr. Jean Cline. Public Lands Institute, UNLV
  • March–August 2004. Building online identification guides (www.discoverlife.org) for vertebrates of North America. Supervisor: Dr. John Pickering. University of Georgia, Athens
  • August 2001–December 2003. Graduate Research Assistant. Supervisor: Dr. J. Whitfield Gibbons. University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina. Duties included radio–tracking Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus), population assessments of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) in coastal South Carolina, long term herpetological community analysis, herpetological inventories in the Southeast Coastal Network of the U.S. National Park Service, and environmental outreach and education

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Behavioral and evolutionary ecology, foraging ecology and predator-prey relationships, mating systems and reproduction, vertebrate ecology, herpetology

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Glaudas, X. 2004. Do cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) habituate to human confrontations? Southeastern Naturalist 3:129–138. [PDF]
  2. Glaudas, X., and D.L. Wagner. 2004. Natural History Notes: Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus (Eastern Cottonmouth). Diet. Herpetological Review 35:272. [PDF]
  3. Glaudas, X., T.M. Farrell, and P.G. May. 2005. The defensive behavior of free–ranging pygmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius). Copeia 2005:196–200. [PDF]
  4. Glaudas, X., and J.W. Gibbons. 2005. Do thermal cues influence the defensive strike of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus)? Amphibia–Reptilia 26:264–267. [PDF]
  5. Glaudas, X., C.T. Winne, and L.A. Fedewa. 2006. Ontogeny of anti-predator behavioral habituation in cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Ethology 112:608–615. [PDF]
  6. Gibbons, J.W., C.T. Winne, D.E. Scott, J.D. Willson, X. Glaudas, et al. (19 additional authors). 2006. Remarkable amphibian biomass and abundance in an isolated wetland, with implications for wetland conservation. Conservation Biology 20:1457–1465. [PDF]
  7. Glaudas, X., K.M. Andrews, J.D. Willson, and J.W. Gibbons. 2007. Migration patterns in a population of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) inhabiting an isolated wetland (cover article). Journal of Zoology 271:119–124. [PDF]
  8. Glaudas, X., and C.T. Winne. 2007. Do warning displays predict striking behavior in a viperid snake, the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)? Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:574–578. [PDF]
  9. Glaudas, X., and A.L. Heindl. 2007. Natural History Notes: Crotaphytus bicinctores (Great Basin collared lizard). Diet. Herpetological Review 38:453. [PDF]
  10. Glaudas, X., and J.W. Gibbons. 2008. Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius. Species account. In: The Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia (J. Jensen, C. D. Camp, J. W. Gibbons, and M. Elliott, editors), pp. 437–439. University of Georgia Press, Athens GA.
  11. Glaudas, X., T. Jezkova, and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2008. Feeding ecology of the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus, Viperidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 86:723–734. [PDF]
  12. Glaudas, X. 2009. Rain-harvesting in the southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii). Southwestern Naturalist 54:522–525. [PDF]
  13. Glaudas, X., S.R. Goldberg, and B.T. Hamilton. 2009. Timing of reproduction in a cold desert viperid snake from North America, the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus). Journal of Arid Environments 73:719–725. [PDF]
  14. Glaudas, X., and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2011. Vagabond males and sedentary females: spatial ecology and mating system of the speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103:681–695. [PDF]
  15. Glaudas, X., and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2011. A two-level problem: habitat selection in relation to prey abundance in an ambush predator, the speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii) (cover article). Behaviour 148:1491–1524. [PDF]
  16. Webber, M.M., X. Glaudas, and J.A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2012. Do sidewinder rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastes) cease feeding during the breeding season? Copeia 2012:100–105. [PDF]
  17. Goldberg, S.R., C.R. Bursey, and X. Glaudas. 2013. Helminths of the speckled rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii (Squamata: Viperidae). Western North American Naturalist 73:533535. [PDF]
  18. Glaudas, X., and G.J. Alexander. 2014. Natural History Notes: Bitis arietans (Puff Adder). Foraging behavior. Herpetological Review 45:139–140. [PDF]
  19. Miller, A.K., Maritz, B., McKay, S., Glaudas, X., and G.J. Alexander. 2015. An ambusher’s arsenal: chemical crypsis in the puff adder (Bitis arietans). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20152182. [PDF]
  20. Glaudas, X., and G.J. Alexander. 2017. A lure at both ends: aggressive visual mimicry signals and prey-specific luring behaviour in an ambush-foraging snake. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:2. doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2244-6. [PDF]
  21. Glaudas, X., and G.J. Alexander. 2017. Food supplementation affects the foraging ecology of a low-energy, ambush-foraging snake. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:5. doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2239-3. [PDF]
  22. Glaudas, X., T.C. Kearney, and G.J. Alexander. 2017. To hold or not to hold? The effects of prey type and size on the predatory strategy of a venomous snake. Journal of Zoology: doi:10.1111/jzo.12450.
  23. Glaudas, X., T.C. Kearney, and G.J. Alexander. 2017. Museum specimens bias measures of snake diet: a case study using the ambush-foraging puff adder (Bitis arietans). Herpetologica 73:121–128.
  24. Rice, S.R., E. Moustakas, R. Nava, X. Glaudas, G.J. Alexander, and R.W. Clark. Characterization of 11 cross-amplifying microsatellites in Bitis arietans (Merrem, 1820). Accepted for publication in Herpetology Notes.

AWARDS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

  • January 2015. University Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa – $15,000.
  • September 2014. Committee for Research and Exploration grant, National Geographic Society, USA – $19,000
  • January 2013. Claude Leon Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Claude Leon Foundation, South Africa – $20,000
  • May 2010. Outstanding Graduate Award (for Ph.D. graduation), UNLV
  • January 2010. Hermsen Fellowship, UNLV – $15,000
  • May 2009. Summer Session Scholarship, UNLV – $2,000. (Also in May 2007.)
  • May 2009. Graduate and Professional Student Association grant, UNLV – $600. (Also in January 2005: $500, January 2006: $750, May 2006: $750, January 2007: $625, May 2007: $650, January 2008: $750, May 2006: $750, January 2009: $750.)
  • October 2008. Charles Stearns Memorial Grants-in-Aid for Herpetological Research, California Academy of Sciences – $633. (Also in October 2005: $765.)
  • August 2008–May 2009. President’s Graduate Fellowship, UNLV – $20,000
  • June 2008. Travel Award, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles – $200
  • March 2008. Honorable Mention, Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Forum, Science and Engineering Section, UNLV
  • June 2006. Travel Award, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) – $250
  • May 2006. Graduate Research Training Assistantship, UNLV – $3,999. (Also in May 2005.)
  • November 2000. Honorable Mention, Geography Undergraduate Conference, University of Georgia, Athens

INVITED SPEAKER

  • February 2017. The puff adder: A new model organism for foraging ecology. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • September 2013. Portrait of an African killer: Food and mating activities in the Puff Adder (Bitis arietans). 10th anniversary of the National Association of Conservancies/Stewardship of South Africa (NACSSA), Cullinan, South Africa
  • March 2013. Food, sex, and the behavioral ecology of vipers. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • February 2013. Does food affect male sexual activity? An experimental field study of puff adders (Bitis arietans). X-topic night, Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal, South Africa
  • February 2011. A multi-scale analysis of habitat selection in relation to prey abundance in an ambush predator, the speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii). The Desert Tortoise Council Annual Meeting and Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • April 2010. Sex and space use in the outskirts of sin city: A rattlesnake’s perspective. Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA
  • July 2008. Antipredator behavior of the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus): Synthesis and perspectives. Glaudas, X., T. M. Walters, E. D. Roth, and M. E. Dorcas. Symposium on cottonmouth biology, Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montréal, Canada

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS

  • May 2017. To hold or not to hold? The effects of prey type and size on the predatory strategy of puff adders. 5th Biology of the Vipers Conference, Chefchaouen, Morocco
  • January 2017. A lure at both ends: aggressive visual mimicry signals and prey-specific luring behaviour in an ambush-foraging snake. Herpetological Association of Africa Conference, Hluhluwe, South Africa (also in May 2017 at the 5th Biology of the Vipers Conference, Chefchaouen, Morocco)
  • January 2017. Food supplementation affects the foraging ecology of a low-energy, ambush-foraging snake. Herpetological Association of Africa Conference, Hluhluwe, South Africa
  • August 2014. The effect of food intake on male mate-searching activities in puff adders (Bitis arietans). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • July 2009. Timing of reproduction in a cold desert viperid snake from North America, the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, Oregon
  • March 2009. The antipredator behavior of the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). GPSA Research Forum, UNLV
  • November 2008. Male reproductive cycle of the sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes), with emphasis on the sexual segment of the kidney. BIOS Symposium, UNLV
  • March 2008. Do warning displays predict striking behavior in a viperid snake, the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)? GPSA Research Forum, UNLV
  • November 2007. Feeding ecology of the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus). BIOS Symposium, UNLV
  • July 2007. Do warning displays predict striking behavior in a viperid snake, the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)? Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • March 2007. Migration patterns in a population of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) inhabiting an isolated wetland. Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Forum, UNLV
  • November 2006. The secret lives of the speckled rattlesnakes (Crotalus mitchellii) in Sin City. BIOS Symposium, UNLV
  • July 2006. Migration patterns in a population of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) inhabiting an isolated wetland. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 2006. Feeding and reproductive ecology of the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus). Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Forum, UNLV
  • November 2005. Movement patterns in a population of cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) inhabiting an isolated wetland. BIOS Symposium, UNLV
  • July 2005. Ontogeny of antipredator behavioral habituation in cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Tampa, Florida
  • October 2004. Ontogeny of antipredator behavioral habituation in cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus). BIOS Symposium, UNLV
  • April 2003. Do cottonmouths habituate to human confrontations? Association of Southeastern Biologists, Arlington, Virginia
  • January 2003. Habituation vs. consistency of defensive behavior of cottonmouths, Agkistrodon piscivorus, to human disturbances. Graduate Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • July–August 2012. Biology instructor, Principles of Modern Biology II (lecture). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in January–May 2012.)
  • January–May 2012. Biology instructor, Fundamentals of Life Sciences (laboratory). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in January–May 2010.)
  • January–May 2012. Biology instructor, General Biology for Non-Majors (laboratory). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in July–August 2010, August–December 2010, August–December 2011.)
  • August–December 2011. Biology instructor, Fundamentals of Life Sciences (lecture). School of Life Sciences, UNLV
  • August–December 2011. Biology instructor, Principles of Modern Biology II (laboratory). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in August–December 2010, January–May 2011.)
  • January–May 2011. Biology instructor, Fundamentals of Life Sciences (lecture and laboratory). Department of Physical Sciences, Nevada State College
  • July–August 2009. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fundamentals of Life Sciences (laboratory). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in August–December 2004, August–December 2005, August–December 2006, August–December 2007, July–August 2008.)
  • January–May 2008. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Herpetology (laboratory). School of Life Sciences, UNLV. (Also in January–May 2005, January–May 2006, January–May 2007.)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • August 2008–May 2009. President of the School of Life Sciences’ graduate student organization (BIOS), UNLV
  • August–December 2005. Member of the Grant Review Committee, Graduate and Professional Student Association, UNLV
  • August–December 2005. Representative of UNLV Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate and Professional Student Association, UNLV
  • Reviewer for Animal Behaviour, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Copeia, Ethology, “Ethology, Ecology & Evolution”, Herpetologica, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Herpetological Review, Journal of Arid Environments, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of North American Herpetology, Journal of Zoology, Loma Linda University Press, Phyllomedusa, Southwestern Naturalist, Smithsonian Books, The Herpetological Journal, Zoological Science, Zoology
  • Session Chair, 13th Herpetological Association of Africa conference
  • Guest Editor, Southeastern Naturalist
  • IUCN Viper Specialist Group, Member