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Team DeNardo

Mike Malawy
Education

B.S. Biology, Arizona State University, 2003


Research Interest in the DeNardo Lab

My research interests focused on the interactions between organisms and their environment as mediated through environmental constraints; thermal biology and spatial ecology in rattlesnakes.


Work in the DeNardo Lab

My work focused on identifying how the Western Diamond-backed rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox, has evolved to cope with its environment. Life history patterns have been identified but are not well understood in this species. I attempted to describe the thermal biology of the rattlesnakes at our study site in order to determine seasonal shifts in selected body temperatures in two distinct microhabitat regions. By examining these thermal preferences, I attempted to demonstrate the importance of temperature in observed behavioral patterns and seasonal migrations.


Past Research

As an ASU undergraduate, I worked with Emily Taylor in examining the effects of supplemental feeding on our field rattlesnake population. This research helped me to become familiar with the lab and field techniques and develop the questions that were the focus of my graduate research.


Publication from work while in the DeNardo lab

Taylor, E. N., Malawy, M. A., Browning, D. M., Lemar, S. V., and DeNardo, D. F. (2005) Effects of food supplementation on the physiological ecology of female western diamond-backed rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox). Oecologia 144: 206-213.

 

Taylor, E. N., DeNardo, D. F., and Malawy, M. A. (2004) A comparison between point- and semi-continuous sampling for assessing body temperature in a free-ranging ectotherm. Journal of Thermal Biology, 29: 91-96.


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