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 thermal ecology, behavioral ecology, population status and 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. To learn more about my current research or past research, go to my research page here. For research publications, go to my publications page here.
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 in the field, this solidifies the topics discussed in class. Such experiences could come through taking field trips, identifying specimens to hone diagnostic skills, class field projects, and learning field techniques. To learn more about the classes I teach, go to my teaching page here.
If you have any questions or wish to collaborate on a project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book review on the Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin published in Copeia.
-Completed Graptemys fieldwork in Louisiana.
-Hellbender research postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak
-Natural history note on terrapin kyphosis and lordosis published in Herpetological Review.
-Two MORE manuscripts accepted for publication in Chelonian Conservation and Biology special issue on Graptemys Ecology, Conservation, and Biology.
Co-authored paper on environmental effects on body size and shape of Black-knobbed Sawbacks published in the journal Copeia.
-Two manuscripts accepted for publication in Chelonian Conservation and Biology special issue on Graptemys Ecology, Conservation, and Biology.
-Completed Mississippi Biodiversity field course with 12 Millsaps students. Pictures coming soon!
-Co-authored manuscript on phenotypic plasticity in Black-knobbed Sawbacks accepted in the journal Copeia.