Research & Collections

Living Collections Staff

Phil BradleyPhil Bradley

Coordinator of Living Collections, Herpetologist

B.S. (Environmental Studies) University of West Florida, 1996
B.S. (Agricultural Science) University of Florida, 2000


Responsible for planning and maintaining exhibits featuring live reptiles, amphibians and carnivorous plants throughout the Museum. Assists the Veterinarian and Coordinator of Living Collections with the supervision of living collections staff. Also assists with the management of exhibits, animals, collection data, permit reports and operating budget. Primarily responsible for care and maintenance of venomous snakes both on exhibit and in the back-up area and for coordinating the temporary housing and disposition of venomous reptiles involved in official local and state confiscations.


Jeff MetteJeff Mette

Animal Care Technician

B.A. (Biology) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008


Responsible for care and husbandry of Museum animals including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Also responsible for loading and unloading animals for programs as well as inspecting animals on return from programs and monitoring animal health in the collection. Assists the Veterinarian with medications/treatments as needed. Regularly works with the Living Collections herpetologist.

Research Interests

My interests are in the evolutionary biology and conservation of fish and amphibians. More specifically, I am interested in biogeography and reproductive biology, in captive breeding and habitat enhancement, and in the educational and conservational role of public zoos and aquariums.


Micancin, J.P. and J.T. Mette. 2009. Acoustic and morphological identification of the sympatric cricket frogs Acris crepitans and A. gryllus and the disappearance of A. gryllus near the edge of its range. Zootaxa 2076: 1-36.


Peyton HalePeyton Hale

Curator of Living Collections, Program Animals and Veterinary Assistant

B.S. (Zoology) NC State University, 2006
B.S. (Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences) NC State University, 2006


Responsible for co-managing the Museum’s program animal collection and for assisting with the medical care and management of all museum animals. Duties include direct care and husbandry of live animals, management of medical records, monitoring medical treatments, monitoring animal nutrition, and performing general health care procedures for museum animals. Also responsible for maintaining and coordinating communications between the Living Collections staff and the veterinary staff at the NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Responsible for the health of the animals and provides rudimentary medical treatment or obtains veterinary consultation and care as needed.