Benjamin Michael Marshall
I am a researcher working at the Suranaree University of Technology, as part of the Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team (SCSET) based in the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand. SCSET are involved in a range of conservation and research efforts on various snake species. We try and emphasise outreach work in the local areas with the aims of reducing snake-human conflict.
Currently, the flagship project involves the tracking of king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah). We aim to find out how these charismatic creatures use their environment, where they nest and ultimately make sure their future in the area is secure.
My masters work aimed to unearth whether the newly introduced toxic toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus, was liable to poison the native fauna of Madagascar. The toxics of this toad bind to one specific area, and by sequencing that area we are able to discern a species' vulnerability to the toxics. The findings are have been published in Current Biology.