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Sarah Snyder

Professor Sarah Snyder in the field.

Associate Professor of Biology


Fisher Science & Academic Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Science, Mathematics, and Computing, Biology

Areas of Specialization

  • Herpetology
  • Ecology
  • Thermal Physiology
  • Conservation Biology


Research Interests: Ecology, physiology, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians

Favorite/Regular Course Offered

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Conservation Biology
  • Field Studies of Berkshire Butterflies
  • Natural History of Montserrat


Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
B.A. in Wildlife Biology and Ecology, Unity College

Dr. Snyder was a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences and taught at the University of Nevada, Reno before joining the Simon’s Rock faculty. Her research addresses the conservation of reptiles and amphibians, most recently on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, where she also teaches field courses in the Simon’s Rock Signature Program in Tropical Ecology and Sustainability. Dr. Snyder’s research has been published in journals, including Caribbean Herpetology, Royal Society Open Science, and The Journal of Thermal Biology. Dr. Snyder curates the animals in the Simon’s Rock Natural History Collection and supervises husbandry of living reptiles and amphibians at the college, which are used for study in biology classes and for educational community outreach. She contributes to the Student Network for Amphibian Pathogen Surveillance and the Ecological Research as Education Network,and serves on the board for the Berkshire Bird Observatory. Dr. Snyder has been teaching at Simon’s Rock since 2014.