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The subject of this week's Take 5 on the university's homepage is David Steen, assistant research professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and a researcher with the Auburn University Museum of Natural History's Alabama Natural Heritage Program. Steen is competing in the 2016 Python Challenge in the Florida Everglades. This competition tasks participants with finding and capturing as many invasive Burmese Pythons as possible between Jan. 16 and Feb. 14. Most of Steen's research involves amphibians and reptiles in the southeastern U.S., a region he said is rife with imperiled animals that are found nowhere else in the world. [Read more]