Charles F. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Brenna Levine Navarre has a Master's in Biology (2013) and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas she employed molecular ecology techniques to study population structure, parentage and relatedness, mating systems, and sexual selection in snakes, with a particular emphasis on the molecular ecology of North American pitvipers. Brenna's interests include using next-generation sequencing to identify and develop molecular markers such as microsatellites and single nucleotide polymorphisms which can be used to estimate important mating and reproduction parameters in cryptic species where such estimates are difficult to obtain through traditional field methods.