Learn more about our ongoing COVID-19 response

Faculty and Staff Biography

Profile Photo

Benjamin Jellen

Associate Professor, Bio Sciences
Basic Sciences


Ph.D. -- 2010 -- Biology -- St. Louis University

M.S. -- 2005 -- Natural Resources & Environmental Science -- Universtiy of Illinois

B.S. -- 1999 -- Biology -- University of Illinois


Natural history and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

Current Research

I am focusing on several inter-related projects focusing on the reproductive ecology, endocrinology, spatial ecology, and conservation of snakes. I have current collaborations with the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Department of Conservation, and the University of Missouri (St. Louis).

Research topics include:

  • Examining snake sex pheromones with the ultimate ojective to isolate, identify, and synthesize a pheromone to contol invasive species
  • Examining the rerproductive, spatial, and thermal ecology of copperheads to improve human-snake interactions and human perception of snakes via public education and awareness
  • Monitoring offspring movements with respect to their mom and locating their first hibernation site
  • Combating the lethal effects of Snake Fungal Disease in various species and examining the spread of Salmonella

If any of these projects interest you, I would be happy to disucss the possibility of undergraduate research in my lab.

Current Courses, Activities, and Scholarly Interest

LIve music is good for the soul :)

Vita Highlights



When I am not training my daughter in the ways of the Jedi, you can find me hiking, exercising, enjoying music, or homebrewing.

Ready to Get Started

We're here to help you take the next step. We can't wait to welcome you to UHSP.