El the Reptile Overlord
El the reptile overlord [they/them] is a Davidson Young Scholar who has loved animals, especially reptiles and amphibians, for as long as they can remember. They formerly ran a blog and social media campaign intended to make children more aware of snakes, but are now focusing their energies on teaching at Athena’s and spreading the word at professional conferences. They have presented at several reptile and amphibian-related conferences about their research and outreach, including the Tennessee Herpetological Society’s annual conference, Repticon, and the Texas Rattlesnake Festival. They are currently a college student in the Atlanta area. During their spare time, they play Neopets and Pokemon Go and explore HTML, digital art, and 2000s technology and aesthetics.
In 2018, El presented at the 24th annual Tennessee Herpetological Symposium. They discussed “Online Herpetology Instruction for Gifted Students-An Overview” about their experiences as a Junior Instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy. In 2020, they presented the same talk at the 9th World Congress of Herpetology in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Photos from El’s presentation at the 24th annual Tennessee Herpetological Symposium:
El’s presentation at the 9th World Congress of Herpetology in Dunedin, New Zealand:
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