Dr. Malle Carrasco-Harris will discuss the ecology and behavior of copperhead snakes in Overton Park. This venomous pit viper is a common feature of eastern forests and woodlands. Due to its subtle behavior and camouflaging pattern, this frequently under-detected snake has generated significant fear and persecution. The antidote to fear is knowledge, so come ready to see this native animal in a new light.
Malle moved to Memphis to pursue her first job as a high school biology teacher, and she and her dog frequently sought solace on the trails in the Old Forest of Overton Park. She started wondering about the challenges animals face living in urban environments and pursued those questions by studying the spatial ecology and genetics of copperheads in Overton. She received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Memphis in 2020. She joined the Overton Park Conservancy as a Programs Manager to develop experiences that promote curiosity, whole health, and self-expression in the heart of Memphis.