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SDHS Monthly Meeting - February 2024 - Hybridization in Herpetofauna

  • 20 Feb 2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado in Room 104 (near the koi pond)
  • 50


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Join us for the San Diego Herpetological Society Monthly Meeting!

This month's topic: Hybridization in Herpetofauna and a look into the Mojave/Prairie Rattlesnake Hybrid Zone in southwestern New Mexico

Speaker: Dr. Dylan Wallace Maag, M.S., Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology)

Talk details: Dr. Maag will be discussing hybridization in nature and our current understanding of it and he will be sharing some examples of selected hybrid zones between species of herpetofauna and what we have learned from them. He will also cover why hybridization in rattlesnakes is so common and, using his research on the Prairie/Mojave Rattlesnake hybrid zone, discuss the ecology and behavior of animals involved in a hybrid zone, how it effects their evolution and the hybrid zone dynamics.

Dr. Maag received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife with a focus on Conservation Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his M.S. in Biology at Missouri State University, and his Ph.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology at San Diego State University and UC Riverside.  

His M.S. research was focused on the spatial ecology and habitat selection of the Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius and his doctoral research focused on the behavioral and ecological mechanisms underlying differential fitness and their relationship to an individual’s ancestry, using a rattlesnake hybrid system between Crotalus viridis and C. scutulatus.

He is currently conducting postdoctoral research on the evolution of the infrared sensory system in pythons and boas, and serving as an instructor for Human Anatomy, Organismal Biology, and Univariate Statistical Methods. My other research interests include, conservation and population ecology.

Mark your calendars! 

Our regular monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. Join us at the Casa Del Prado Building in Balboa Park (1650 El Prado, San Diego 92101 – Room 104).

Don't miss out on this opportunity to network, learn, and connect with the herp community!


San Diego Herpetological Society is a Nonprofit Corporation serving the community since 1978.  The SDHS reaches out to everyone with a  passion or curiosity for reptiles, amphibians kept as pets or studied and observed in nature.  Our primary objective is to create a supportive environment for enthusiasts whether a beginner or life-long hobbyist or breeder. We are a membership based organization open to individuals and families with an interest, curiosity or passion for these fascinating creatures


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