Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Laboratory (PERL)

Heather Neldner

Heather Neldner

Graduate Student
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


B.S. Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University

Research Interests

In fall 2017, I joined PERL as an NSF fellow. I spent my undergraduate career at Cal Poly studying the behavioral ecology of freshwater fish. Now, my master’s work will focus on the stress ecology of Southern and Northern Pacific rattlesnakes using exogenous corticosterone manipulation. Quantifying the effects of energetic hormones like corticosterone will help us understand how changes (like environmental stressors) affect animals’ physiology, behavior, and more. Outside of my research, I enjoy hobbyist herpetoculture and field helping as well.


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