Jason Strickland is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Biology in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Science in Biology from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2009 and 2011 respectively. His research focused on the evolution and ecology of cottonmouths. Jason has experience in most fields of biology, specifically those that involve multicellular organisms (plants and animals). He has two semesters of experience as a teaching assistant in Introductory Biology. This will be his sixth year working for EXCEL/COMPASS and he is the STEM Seminar instructor and will be helping with URE this year. His current research in Dr. Christopher Parkinson’s lab focuses on understanding venom evolution in rattlesnakes of the American Southwest.