David Zailo is a graduate student in the Andrews lab at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology. He is pursuing a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development with a research focus on the movement and habitat use of diamondback terrapins around the Jekyll Island Causeway. These data are needed in order to inform potential management and mitigation tools for terrapins getting hit on the Causeway while attempting to nest on the road shoulders.
David grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended Albion College. He graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Biology and came to Jekyll to serve for one year as an AmeriCorps Husbandry Member through the Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center. During that time, he learned a wealth of information about sea turtles, terrapins, and many other species of reptiles and amphibians. Upon completion of his AmeriCorps service, David returned to Michigan and worked for an environmental consulting firm performing husbandry, inventory, and monitoring work of reptiles and amphibians. David returned to Jekyll in 2012 to join the Research Team as a Conservation Research AmeriCorps Member. During that time, he gained experience performing field-based research with a variety of herpetofauna including sea turtles, diamondback terrapins, and rattlesnakes. Ultimately, David plans to find employment in academia, a conservation organization, or the government sector where he can combine research goals with public education and outreach.
Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center
214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Office: (912) 635-4137