Following an enlistment in the Marine Corps after the events of September 11th, Joseph Colbert attended University of South Carolina in search of a profession that was critically needed, and service driven. He was introduced to wildlife research and management, which got into his blood, and he couldn’t picture himself doing anything else after that. After graduation, Joseph enrolled in two national service contracts as an AmeriCorps service member with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which involved establishing predator research in a sustainably developed community. Following AmeriCorps, he got his M.S. from Odum School of Ecology as UGA’s first Tillman Scholar. In 2016, Joseph joined the Jekyll Island Conservation Department as their first community Wildlife Biologist and in 2018 he joined the Rattlesnake Conservancy as a volunteer Research Associate. His background involves working with wildlife in developed landscapes, population ecology, and habitat ecology, all important skills that he will continue to use to make positive advancements in wildlife conservation.