Kirsten Hecht is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Ecology program at the University of Florida. She has studied Hellbenders for over a decade. Her current research project focuses on Common Mudpuppies and Sirens. You can learn more here or follow her on Twitter

Dr.Max Nickerson is a Curator of Herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and professor at the University of Florida. He has studied Hellbenders since 1968. You can read more about his research here.