|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 focus on developing local research projects in Mississippi/Alabama 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, Wetland Ecology, Herpetology, and Ornithology 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.
Co-author manuscript on comparisons of reproductive assesments in terrapins published in Herpetological Review (with J. Donini and R. Valverde, Southeastern Louisiana University)
Millsaps senior and undergraduate research student, Michael Sullivan, documents first Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in Lefleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson, MS.
Co-author paper on comparisons of reproductive assessment techniques in terrapins accepted for publication in Herpetological Review (with Jordan Donini and Roldan Valverde, Southeastern Louisiana University).
-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.