Tim Brust                   





M.S. in Biological Sciences Candidate

Department of Biological Sciences

Marshall University Herpetology Laboratory



E-mail:  brust@marshall.edu


            For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for herps.  I caught my first snake, and got bit by my first snake by age 6 and from then on I was hooked. I received my B.S. in biology with a concentration in ecology at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia.  During my last two summers of undergrad I did mammalian field research on the roosting habits of male Eastern Small Footed Bats (Myotis leibii).  If your curious about our findings don’t hesitate to e-mail me. I’m now in my first year of graduate school at Marshall, hoping to get my Master’s Degree focused on herpetology.  If all goes well, I’ll graduate May of 2013.


Wrestling any kind of animal that you can get close to, from opossums and fawns to any kind of herp. I’m also an avid hunter and fisherman, and pretty much everything else outside.  I love sports as well, and played baseball for 2 years at VMI.

Thesis Research

            I’m looking at Queen Snake feeding habits at North Fork Short Creek at West Liberty University.  Queen Snakes are considered crayfish specialists, and they only eat molting crayfish.  In this particular stream there are two species of crayfish, and the species that makes up 90% of the crayfish biomass only molts twice a summer, and they all molt in a two week period.  I’m interested in seeing if these snakes only really eat during these two molts, or are they eating something else in between molts to hold them over.

Curriculum Vitae