Hank graduated from Drake University in 2007, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and minor in Biology. As an undergraduate, he participated in the DUSCI program where he documented populations of locally threatened ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata ornate) through the use of telemetry. For his senior capstone, he trapped and helped protect timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) through the use of Landowner Incentive Programs.
Since graduation, Hank has worked for a number of different organizations. At the Missouri Department of Conservation, he studied the effects of long-term forest management on reptiles and amphibians. While working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, he documented range expansions and habitat associations for reptiles and amphibians. Hank also worked for AmeriCorps, restoring native ecosystems.
Hank joined the Hopkins lab in early 2012. He was a research technician on the Kingston Coal Ash Project. Hank is also conducted an independent study project, looking at associations between turtle capture rates and the use of different bait types. Hank left the Lab in December 2013. Graduate school is in his plans.