DANIEL D. BECK
and conservation status of the beaded lizard, Heloderma horridum (Squamata:
Helodermatidae). 2013. Randall S. Reiserer,
Gordon W. Schuett, Daniel D. Beck.
Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation 7(1): 74–96
DANIEL D. BECK is an ecologist and herpetologist who has
conducted research on the ecology, physiology, and behavior of rattlesnakes and helodermatid
lizards. He has pioneered many of the field studies on helodermatid lizards in the past 30 years,
including topics ranging from energy metabolism and habitat use to combat and foraging behaviors in
locations ranging from the deserts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, to the tropical dry forests of
Sonora and Jalisco, Mexico. His book, Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards (2005),
presents a synthesis of much of our knowledge of these charismatic reptiles. Dr. Beck is Professor
of Biology at Central Washington University, in Ellensburg, Washington, where he lives in a straw
bale house with his wife, biologist Kris Ernest, and their two teenage children.