College of Natural Resources
Degree Program: Wildlife Resources
Javan plans to continue to pursue his interest in wildlife research by earning a doctorate and seeking a career as a research scientist with a government agency or research university. He hopes to study the spatial ecology of reptiles and amphibians to improve conservation and management planning.
While at the University of Idaho Javan conducted one of Idaho’s first studies of rattlesnake movement and habitation, including one of the first studies of prairie rattlesnakes.
Javan’s senior research project, "Movement and habitat selection of Prairie Rattlesnakes in the Big Creek drainage of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho," was conducted at Taylor Wilderness Research Station. He used radio telemetry and mark-recapture to study the movement and habitat selection of these snakes and also how their behaviors are influenced by landscape characteristics, such as rivers, mountains and ridges.