Joseph Bruno Slowinski
Research and career
Slowinski was born on November 15, 1962 in New York City, New York. He attained his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kansas in 1984 and went on to receive his Ph.D. at the University of Miami in 1991, studying under herpetologist Jay M. Savage. He performed postdoctoral work at the National Museum of Natural History and Louisiana State University, eventually taking a position as a professor of biology at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Slowinski was a founder of the first online herpetological journal, Contemporary Herpetology, and served as its editor-in-chief. He was also the curator for the Department of Herpetology for the California Academy of Sciences. His primary area of research was venomous snakes, having written some 40 peer-reviewed articles and one book.
Death and legacy
On September 11, 2001, while doing research deep in an isolated region of Myanmar, Slowinski was bitten by a juvenile multi-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus). He died 29 hours later after his team made several failed attempts to obtain medical attention. The weather that night was particularly bad, preventing a helicopter from transporting Slowinski to a hospital, and making it impossible to carry medical supplies to the campsite.
A biography of Slowinski titled The Snake Charmer was written in 2008 by Jamie James.
Three species have been named for Slowinski: a species of North American corn snake (Pantherophis slowinskii ), a species of bent-toed gecko native to Myanmar (Cyrtodactylus slowinskii ), and a species of krait native to Vietnam (Bungarus slowinskii ).
- Introduction to Genetics, 1998 – National Textbook Company, Lincolnwood, Illinois.
- Burbrink, Frank T. (2002). "Phylogeographic analysis of the cornsnake (Elaphe guttata) complex as inferred from maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 25 (3): 465–476. doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(02)00306-8.
- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (26 July 2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5.
- California Academy of Sciences: Joseph Bruno Slowinski
- Contemporary Herpetology: In Memory of Joseph B. Slowinski
- Frogweb – People – Slowinski, J.B.
- Detailed account of J.Slowinski's death via krait bite
- Striking Beauties: Venomous Snakes at California Wild. Accessed 27 July 2007.
- In Memory of Joseph Slowinski 1962–2001 at Dr. Mark W. Moffett's website. Accessed 27 July 2007.
- Bit (mirror of article by Dr. Mark W. Moffett from the April 2002 issue of Outside Magazine) at Jacq.org. Accessed 27 July 2007.