Lance Jessee

הצטרף ב:מאי 03, 2016 פעילות אחרונה: נוב' 26, 2021 iNaturalist

I am a park naturalist at Steele Creek Park in northeast Tennessee with a degree in geology and geographic information systems (GIS) from East Tennessee State University. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in vertebrate paleontology at ETSU studying osteology of snakes and paleobiogeography of Late Cenozoic herpetofaunas. Understanding how species reacted to past climatic changes begins with the proper identification of fossils. With that understanding, we can begin to understand how species today might react to changes in climate in the future. My research mainly involves comparative morphological studies of snake vertebrae using morphometrics and statistics, with viperids as my current taxon of interest. I am interested in all aspects of natural sciences, but I tend to focus mainly on Quaternary paleontology (the last 2.5 million years), herps, insects, some birds, biogeography, morphology, and general observational natural history. I have an inordinate fondness for reptiles, especially snakes, but over the past few years I have spent a lot of time observing insects and birds as well.

For anyone visiting Steele Creek Park, check it out in the "places" tab and search for it under the same name. There you will find all observations recorded at the park. Click on checklist to see a searchable list of all organisms that have been recorded from Steele Creek Park on iNaturalist plus all other organisms not posted on iNaturalist. Currently, everything is up to date except for the fungi, wildflowers, moths, and non-insect invertebrates. I am currently working on adding all of those to the list.

Current projects:
Herpetofaunal Biogeography of Steele Creek Park and Species-Area Relationships in Northeast Tennessee

Butterfly biodiversity of Steele Creek Park

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