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Daniel Beck: Gila Monsters Do Good!

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Daniel D. Beck, professor of biology at Central Washington University, presents gila monsters and beaded lizards as two of the most intriguing lizard species in existence. Both are venomous, but their danger to humans is often misunderstood. In fact, their venom contains a substance that is helping to treat type-2 diabetes. Yet both species are vulnerable, and only recent studies by scientists such as Beck may be able to ensure the protection and survival of these enigmatic animals.

In the southwest and Latin America, Daniel D. Beck continues to work with Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards, primarily on projects related to conservation and public outreach. In St. George, Utah, he is working with resource management agencies and public schools in efforts to prevent Gila Monster populations from disappearing in the wake of rapid recreational and residential development. His teaching interests include general biology, physiology, ecology, and field biology. He teaches courses in introductory biology, ecology, herpetology, and physiology, as well graduate courses in research design and analysis.

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