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Joseph Colbert

M.S. Student, University of Georgia

Joseph Colbert grew up in Columbia SC. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after 9/11 as an infantry assault-man and completed two combat deployments in Iraq. After his four-year enlistment he became a student at the University of South Carolina (USC) and majored in Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences, where he graduated with honors in 2011. During his undergraduate work, he completed two-and-a-half years of amphibian and reptile research with the University of Georgia and USC. Wildlife research got in his blood and he couldn’t picture himself doing anything else. He was fortunate enough to land the great opportunity to work on Jekyll Island as a Conservation Research Member through an AmeriCorps program at the Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center. He employs radio tracking on eastern diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus), eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina), and American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). In addition, he conducts numerous surveys, trapping, and mark-recapture techniques as part of an island-wide species inventory.  He hopes his efforts will make a positive contribution to conservation of wildlife in human-dominated landscapes.  He is currently attending graduate school at the University of Georgia with the generous support of the Pat Tillman Foundation through a Tillman Military Scholarship, an afflilition he is extremely proud of. In addition to research he is contributing to publications and presentations that represent our research team’s hard work on Jekyll Island.​

Contact Information
Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center
214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Office: (912) 635-4137



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