PhD, Biology (Herpetology), University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1979
MA, Biology (Herpetology), University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1974
BA, Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1972
Evolution, morphology, development, chemical ecology, and conservation of snakes
Dr. Savitzky is a herpetologist, with broad interests in the morphology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, especially snakes. As an organismal biologist, his interests focus on understanding patterns of evolution among snakes from the perspectives of their anatomy, development, and interactions with prey and predators within natural communities. Currently, he is particularly interested in the topic of sequestered chemical defenses in snakes.