Andrew Snyder, Ph.D.

Science Program Officer

    Education

    Ph.D., Biology, University of Mississippi,B.S. Ecology and Evolution, University of Maryland

    Dr. Andrew Snyder is currently leading GWC’s effort to update the Alliance for Zero Extinction sites for amphibians. He is also assisting with developing GWC’s Red List strategy following completion of the global amphibian update. As Program Officer, he also supports aspects of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) partnership, assists with KBA-related communication projects, and provides support on fundraising. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Mississippi examining phylogeographic patterns across the Guiana Shield and exploring species diversity and endemism, with a specialty on amphibians and reptiles. Through his research and participation in several international science-based expeditions with groups including Global Wildlife Conservation, World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International, he has traveled extensively throughout Guyana. Prior to Guyana, Andrew spent several summers conducting surveys for the amphibians and reptiles of Cusuco National Park in Honduras and contributing to several amphibian chytrid fungus related projects. Andrew’s passion for biodiversity began in his early childhood in the forests of Maryland and beaches of North Carolina. As his career has developed, so too has his desire for communicating nature, believing that establishing a personal connection to nature is key to furthering conservation efforts. He has intertwined his research with photography to raise awareness and communicate science to the broader public. In addition to his conservation work and photography, Andrew enjoys trail running, mountain biking, cooking, and spending time outdoors with his wife, daughter, and dog.

    Snyder A, Colston TJ. Amphibians and reptiles of the Upper Berbice Region, Guyana In Alonso, L.E., J. Persaud, and A. Williams (eds). 2018. Biodiversity Assessment Survey of the Upper Berbice Region, Guyana. BAT Survey Report No. 3. WWF-Guianas, Guyana Office. Georgetown, Guyana. 55-71. Nyffeler M, Lapinski W, Snyder A, Birkhofer Y (2017) Spiders feeding on earthworms revisited: consumption of giant earthworms in the tropics. Journal of Arachnology 45(2): 242-247. Snyder A, Colston TJ, Skybar L, Basil M, Ngala R. Amphibians and reptiles of the Kaieteur Plateau and the Upper Potaro River, Guyana In Alonso, L.E., J. Persaud, and A. Williams (eds). 2017. Biodiversity Assessment Survey of Kaieteur Plateau and Upper Potaro, Guyana. BAT Survey  Report No. 2. WWF-Guianas, Guyana Office. Georgetown, Guyana. 73-91. Snyder A., Bernard, C., Foster, L., Holland A., Lim B., O’Shea B., Persaud J., Taphorn, D. (2017) Kanuku Mountains Biodiversity Monitoring Training Program. Conservation International- Georgetown, Guyana. Snyder, Andrew M (2016) Atractus trilineatus (Three-lined Ground Snake) Predation. Herpetological Review 47 (2): 308. Snyder A., Pierre M., Gomes E., Noonan B. Amphibians and Reptiles of Kusad Mountain and the Parabara Region in the South Rupununi, Guyana In Alonso, L.E., J. Persaud, and A. Williams (eds). 2016. Biodiversity Assessment Survey of the South Rupununi Savannah, Guyana. BAT Survey Report No. 1. WWF-Guianas, Guyana Office. Georgetown, Guyana. 66-86. Bicknell J, Snyder A, Lim B.K., Horsley T, Hubbell C.B., Worthington R 2013. Monitoring Biodiversity by Operation Wallacea in the Iwokrama and Surama Forests. Guyana Research Report 2011-2013.