Matt Goode

Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and Environment
(520) 465-2717

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As an undergraduate, Matt studied Prairie Rattlesnake defensive behavior for his honors degree in Biology. After graduating, he spent two years in Aruba studying the Aruba Island Rattlesnake. Matt taught high school biology in The Netherlands for several years before returning to the US, where he completed his MS and PhD at the University of Arizona. Matt has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters dealing with ecology and conservation of herpetofauna, primarily snakes. Currently, he is a Research Scientist in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, where he maintains an active research program in the US and internationally. Matt is a member of the IUCN Viper Specialist Group, and he serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management. He is a founding board member and Chief Scientific Advisor to the King Cobra Conservancy, an NGO dedicated to conservation of king cobras and the rainforest habitats on which they depend. Matt enjoys working with undergraduates and has established two student-led projects dealing with the effects of urbanization on snakes and lizards.

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Cochran, C. and Goode, M. 2012. Sexual variation in timing of egress and ingress in Tiger Rattlesnakes (Crotalus tigris). Toxicon, 60:240-241.

Weir, S.M., Dobrovolny, M., Torres, C., Torres, C., Goode, M., Rainwater, T.R., Salice, C.J.,

and Anderson, T.A. 2013. Organochlorine pesticides in squamate reptiles from Southern Arizona. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 90:654-659.

Rao, C., Talukdar, G., Dhoudhury, B.C., Shankar, P.G., Whitaker, R., and Goode, M. 2013. Habitat use of King Cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) in a heterogenous landscape matrix in the tropical forests of the Western Ghats, India. Hamadryad, 36:69-79.

Barve, S., Bhaisare, D., Giri, A., Shankar, P.G., Whitaker, R., and Goode, M. 2013. A preliminary study on translocation of “rescued” King Cobras (Ophiophagus hannah). Hamadryad, 36:80-86.

Prival, D.B., and Goode, M. 2014. Herpetological inventory of Chihuahuan Desert national

parks. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on the Natural Resources of the

Chihuahuan Desert Region, Eds., C.A. Hoyt and J. Karges. Desert Research Institute and Sul Ross State University.

Strine, T.C., Silva, I., Crane, M., Nadolski, B., Artchawakom, T., Goode, M., and Suwanwaree, P. 2014. Mortality of a wild King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, Cantor, 1836 (Serpentes: Elapidae) from northeast Thailand after ingesting a plastic bag. Asian Herpetological Research, 5:284-286.

Teskey, A., Walsh, L., Parker, M.R., and Goode, M. 2015. Crotalus molossus (Black-tailed Rattlesnake). Spring mating. Herpetological Review, 46:103.

Park, B., Reimche, J.S., Parker, M., and Goode, M. 2016. Phyrnosoma mcallii (Flat-tailed Horned Lizard) Necrophilia. Herpetological Review, 47:139.

Pandey, D., Pandey G.S., Devkota, K., and Goode, M. 2016. Public perceptions of snakes and snakebite management: implications for conservation and human health in southern Nepal. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 12:22.

Goode, M., and Parker, M.R. 2016. Golf Courses. In: Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States, Eds., L.L.C. Jones, R.L. Lovich, and K.J. Halama. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Technical Publication HMG-5.

Goode, M., Parker, M.R., Feldner, M., and Repp, R. 2016. Crotalus tigris (Tiger Rattlesnake) species account. In: Rattlesnakes of Arizona, Eds., G.W. Schuett, M.J. Feldner, C.F. Smith, and R.S. Reiserer, Eco Publishing, Rodeo, NM.