Stephen Richter's lab is "the best of both worlds at EKU"
Dr. Stephen Richter, professor in the Biological Sciences department at EKU since 2005 and director of EKU's Natural areas since 2019, says his career is the best of both worlds. He "set out to do preservation at an agency or research in the academic world, and now he does both and gets to teach the next generation."
Dr. Richter started his lab in 2005, which focuses primarily on distribution and natural history of amphibians and reptiles. He's had more than 55 current and former students work in his lab. His role as the director of Natural Areas started in 2019. Says Richter, "Being able to do conservation research and also implement it has been really rewarding." Becoming director of Natural Areas as well as Maywoods was something Richter aspired to. Richter also attributes the drive of his work at EKU to the bonds that he shares with his students, which mirror what he experienced during his time early on in his career.
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Published on September 25, 2020