2019 Grant Recipient

Matthew Metcalf, M. Sc

Matthew Metcalf's is a biology researcher located and Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2019, The Rattlesnake Conservancy provided a $5,000 research grant to the Metcalf Laboratory. His research team has been conducting a long term study on eastern diamondback rattlesnake ecology in southern Florida. Their research project is focused on assessing the population status of eastern diamodback rattlesnakes by studying basic life history, behavioral ecology, invasive species interactions, and genetic diversity of the species. 

Specifically, their work is also assessing invasive parasite loads of a type of lung worm that are thought to have been transferred by the invasive Burmese python (Python bivittatus). The lung worm has been detected in multiple individual eastern diamondbacks and the research conducted by the Metcalf Laboratory will help inform The Rattlesnake Conservancy's population assessment for the species and inform conservation efforts for future years.

 

Population Ecology of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

Venomous Reptile Conservation 

Grants

Understanding venomous reptiles, their ecology, and how humans interact with them, is important for informing our team on ways to plan and conserve rattlesnakes. Rattlesnake research is one of the most underfunded fields in science. To assist researchers in their quest to study rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles in the wild, The Rattlesnake Conservancy formed a grant program that focuses on research that provides real on-the-ground conservation outcomes.

In 2019, we kicked off our first year of funding projects by providing $5,000 to the Metcalf Lab at Florida Gulf Coast University. To learn more their research, click here. Every year we dispurse research grants, they may be provided entirely to one research project or split among several. Research grants are from $1,000 - $5,000. Priority for larger grants are for long term studies that may receive multiple years of funding.

general

information

Prospective grant recipients are encouraged to apply early in the planning stage of research projects. Our research committee will evaluate projects based on the following criteria, with priority given to projects that provide critical information to conservation of rattlesnake species, although other venomous reptile research may also be considered.

 

Covered costs for grants can be used for equipment, software, supplies, veterinary procedures, and travel.

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Criteria

Eligible Projects

  • Clear conservation benefit and connection to The Rattlesnake Conservancy's mission to conserve rattlesnakes, and their habitat, through research and education.

  • Located in North or South America.

  • Involve research of venomous reptiles or anthropogenic factors impacting the species.

  • Grant funds are used for direct costs, such as travel, research supplies, veterinary procedures (transmitter implants) equipment, etc.

  • Projects that are shovel ready in calendar year 2021

Priority Projects

  • Projects involving research of rattlesnakes, though other projects are considered.

  • Projects providing information about natural history, threats, and conservation recommendations for species with little or no scientific data available.

  • Goals and outcomes of the study provide a clear connection to conservation of the species.

  • Long term studies providing information on status of the species, such as population viability assessments. 

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects whose goals are in conflict with The Rattlesnake Conservancy's mission

  • Those projects focused entirely on venom toxinology, or genomics research, unless informing a larger conservation program and a clear connection to conservation of the species.

  • Education programs that do not involve quantitative study of the project.

  • Projects involving euthanasia of rattlesnakes, unless informing a disease monitoring program where euthanasia is the most humane method.

  • Projects whose primary benefit is to an individual.

Conditions

Grant recipients will be required to agree to the following:

  • Sign a research grant contract, which provides standard conditions for use of grant funds, identifies intellectual property, and reporting requirements.

  • Information gained from the project will be made available to the public (less sensitive information on species locations or other items that may contribute to threats of the species).

  • Participate as a Research Associate of The Rattlesnake Conservancy, where the recipient will help inform our conservation programs and assist with reviewing grant applications the following year. Being a Research Associate will not disqualify the recipient from applying for another projects, or continued funding, the next year; they will have to recuse themselves from review of their proposal.

  • Grant recipient will provide regular updates on the project via email with photos and short updates that can be shared with our supporters.

  • The grant recipient will acknowledge The Rattlesnake Conservancy as a financial supporter of the project in all publications, electronic, and written articles.

  • Grant recipient will provide a final summary report of the project by December 31, 2021.

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Deadlines

Due date

October 31

Contact

Info@savethebuzztails.org

Response time

Grant recipients are notified by November 30.

Grant submission form

Jacksonville, FL |  savethebuzztails@hotmail.com  |  1-800-690-5638

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