I cultivated an interest in herpetology during my childhood in southern California and later as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where I worked in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. I did my PhD research on the evolution of courtship behavior in salamanders at the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I moved back to Berkeley for a postdoc in 1972 and began work on the behavioral ecology and evolution of garter snakes. During my professional career I have held faculty positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, and most recently at Oregon State University. I have also been influenced by sabbatical visits to Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Washington, and the University of Utah. More details (including publications pdfs) can be found at my website, ResearchGate, and Google Scholar

Amusing archival photos of the author by his sister-in law Cynthia Heringer.