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Hoover attends Invasive Species Summit

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs
Published Aug. 18, 2017
Hoover attends Invasive Species Summit

Dr. Jan Hoover of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center attended the Everglades Invasive Species Summit in Davie, Florida July 26-27. Hoover, a research fisheries biologist in ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory, received training from professional python hunters on the capture of large invasive snakes.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Dr. Jan Hoover of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center attended the Everglades Invasive Species Summit in Davie, Florida July. 26-27. Hoover, a research fisheries biologist in ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory, received training from professional python hunters on the capture of large invasive snakes.

“I should say that I did not actually “capture” the snake. The pythons were “pre-captured” for the class by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission python patrols and then held so they could be used for the hands-on training,” said Hoover. “My wife, Dena Dickerson, is a herpetologist, and we have maintained live reptiles for more than 25 years, so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” Dickerson is also a member of the EL research staff. 


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