I'm a biologist with interest in conservation of amphibians and reptiles. I love herps since early childhood. And luckily, I have been always surrounded by inspiring people. My first tutors were my older cousine Sergey Melikyan with his collection of bugs, my aunt botanist Era Yeramyan the dad -Lev, who was supplying me with books about snakes and taking me to the Zoo, as well as hiking, and his friend surgeon and hunter Edik Muradyan his stories, trophyes and guns.
Collecting rocks, plants, bugs and herps was part of my life, since elementary school. I caught my first lizard, when I was just 4 years old. My favorite courses in school were about Nature and Biology. In 1990-1993 along with my High School classes, I volunteered at the aqua-terrarium of the Yerevan Zoo, herped and kept various herps in my house. Later on, I continued my education as a veterinarian. Along with studying veterinary medicine I was working at the Center for Conservation of the Biodiversity of Armenia of the Institute of Botany. Right after graduating the Veterinary School of the Armenian Agriculture Academy in 1998, I got accepted by the aspiranture of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Aspiranture was a haven to me and in 2002 I presented my thesis "Ex Situ Conservation of Rare and Endangered Psammophilic Plants and Plant Comminities of Ararat Valley" and earned my Doctoral degree in biology.
After gradation from aspiranture I have ot hired by the Center for Ecological-oosphere Studies of NAS of Armenia, where I served as a Secretary of UNESCO's Man and Biosphere program, and Senior Staff Scientist. In 2008 I left everithing I had in Armenia, and moved to US. Now I work as a Venomous Snake Costruction Monitor for West Branch Limited.
I contribute my photos and data to the number of open source projects like Arkive, CalPhotos, EMBL Reptile Data-Base, other private projects. Also, I write and edit articles for Wikipedia.