Sam Penland C’20 catches his first alligator

In late June, Samuel Penland C’20 and Associate Professor of Biology Brandon Moore traveled to Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown, South Carolina to participate in a collaborative alligator research project with Dr. Ben Parrott (University of Georgia) and Dr. Thomas Rainwater (Clemson University). While primarily collecting eggs from alligator nests for ongoing studies investigating the effect of incubation temperature fluctuations on embryonic sex determination, the group also opportunistically captured alligators to take DNA samples. While the collection of these samples will result in a better understanding of the parent-offspring relationships of the Yawkey preserve alligators, it also provided a memorable field biology experience for a beginning Sewanee biology student.