Brandon received his B.S. degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Juniata College in 1998 and his master’s degree in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia in 2000.  From 2000-2003, he helped conduct research at the Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL) as a member of the Hopkin’s Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology program.  Brandon wrangled and cared for lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, fish and any manner of creatures and helped contribute to 10 peer-reviewed manuscripts focusing on trace element contamination’s effects on organismal ecophysiology.

Brandon left SREL and moved to Pullman, WA in 2004.  He began the Associate of Applied Science Program in Respiratory Care in Spokane, Washington in 2005 and graduated in 2007.  He then moved to Temple, TX, where he worked as an adult intensive care unit respiratory therapist at Texas A & M’s Scott and White Memorial Hospital until 2011.  During that time he was involved in implementing a multi-centered clinical research project at Scott and White.

In 2011, Brandon moved to Omaha, NE to pursue a medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.  He currently lives in Omaha with his wife, Virginia.  Outside of medicine, Brandon has numerous hobbies including canoeing, fishing, and woodworking.   In 2003 he completed a transcontinental bicycle ride and continues to cycle.  He still maintains an interest in anthropogenic activity on wildlife including ecotoxicology and conservation issues.

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Hopkins, W.A., DuRant, S.E., Staub, B.P., Rowe, C.L., and Jackson, B.P. 2006. Reproduction, embryonic development, and maternal transfer of contaminants in an amphibian Gastrophryne carolinensis. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(5):661-666.

Hopkins, W.A., Staub, B.P., Baionno, J.A., Jackson, B.P., and Talent, L.G. 2005. Transfer of selenium from prey to predators in a simulated terrestrial food chain. Environmental Pollution 134:447-456.

Hopkins, W.A., Snodgrass, J.W., Baionno, J.A. Roe, J.H., Staub, B.P., and Jackson, B.P. 2005. Functional relationships among selenium concentrations in the diet, target tissues, and nondestructive tissue samples of two species of snakes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24(2):344-351.

Roe, J.H., Hopkins, W.A., Baionno, J.A., Staub, B.P., Rowe, C.L., and Jackson, B.P. 2004. Maternal transfer of selenium in Alligator mississippiensis nesting downstream from a coal burning power plant. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23: 1969-1972.

Hopkins W.A., Staub, B.P., Baionno, J.A., Jackson, B.P., Roe, J.H., and Ford, N.B. 2004. Trophic and maternal transfer of selenium in brown house snakes (Lamprophis fuliginosus). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 58:285-293.

Hopkins, W.A., Staub, B.P., Snodgrass, J.W., Taylor, B.E., DeBiase, A.E., Roe, J.H., Jackson, B.P., and Congdon, J.D. 2004. Responses of benthic fish exposed to contaminants in outdoor microcosm�examining the ecological relevance of previous laboratory toxicity test. Aquatic Toxicology 68:1-12.

Staub, B.P., Hopkins, W.A., Novak, J., and Congdon, J.D. 2004. Respiratory and reproductive characteristics of Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) inhabiting a coal ash settling basin. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 46:96-101.