|Will Selman, Ph.D. Vertebrate Ecology Lab||
Life History, Ecology, and Conservation of Vertebrates
My research broadly focuses on (1) understanding vertebrate life history and ecology and (2) using this information to guide conservation and management decisions on population, species, or community levels. I use ecological and natural history data to answer hypotheses related to disturbance ecology, thermal ecology, population connectivity, reintroduction ecology, and impacts of natural or anthropogenic stressors on reptile, amphibian, or avian populations. I am in the process of developing local research projects in Mississippi as well as projects at Kaxil Kiuic, the Millsaps Biocultural Preserve in Yucatan, Mexico.
My teaching interests closely mirror my research interests, so that one complements the other. As a field biologist, I value experiential learning and believe it is essential to understand ecological concepts or organisms. When students use the five senses to experience their environment, this solidifies the topics discussed in lecture. Such experiences could come through taking field trips, identifying specimens, class field projects, and learning field techniques. I currently teach Zoology and Wetland Ecology in the Biology Department.
If you are a student interested in working in the lab or wish to collaborate on a project, please contact me at email@example.com.
-Selected to the Board of Directors for the American Turtle Observatory.
-Co-author paper on Mottled Duck hybridization in the Western Gulf of Mexico published in The Condor: Ecological Applications (with Robert Ford and Sabrina Taylor, LSU). (UPDATE: The article was picked up as a popular science article in the New York Times).
Presented two posters at the 15th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Charleston, SC. Posters described the diet of the yellow-blotched map turtle (Graptemys flavimaculata) and another described current turtle research projects at Millsaps College.
-Manuscript on scute variability in Graptemys flavimaculata published in Herpetologica.
-Millsaps undergraduate Haley Smith begins Pearl River basking turtle surveys.
-Manuscripts Accepted for publication:
1) Co-author paper on Mottled Duck hybridization in the Western Gulf of Mexico in The Condor: Ecological Applications (with Robert Ford and Sabrina Taylor).
2) Co-author paper on Whooping Crane seasonal movements and habitat selection in Louisiana accepted in Waterbirds (with Brad Pickens, Sammy King, Phillip Vasseur, and Sara Zimorski)
-Panel guest to discuss the turtles of Mississippi on "Creature Comforts" radio talk show for Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Millsaps undergraduates Gracie Bellnap and Drew Carter begin their summer research projects on turtles in the Pearl River bottomlands and box turtle ecology, respectively. Both of these projects are being conducted at Lefleur's Bluff State Park.