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. I use ecological and natural history data to answer hypotheses related to thermal ecology, behavioral ecology, population connectivity, reintroduction ecology, and impacts of natural or anthropogenic stressors on reptile, amphibian, or avian populations. I also conduct species status surveys for rare reptile and amphibian species. To learn more about my current or past research, go to my research page.
My teaching interests closely mirror my research interests, so that one complements the other. As a field biologist, I value experiential learning and "learning by doing". This strategy provides better student engagement and deeper learning opportunities (and often good times too!). Such experiences include taking field trips to natural areas, 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.
If you have any questions or wish to collaborate on a project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper on 28 new county records collected by Millsaps herpetology class published in the journal Herpetological Review!
-2019 Millsaps Graduate Gracie Bellnap published her Honor's Thesis in the journal Urban Naturalist!
-Co-authored paper on aging and longevity in wild ectothermic tetrapods published in the journal Science!
-Geographic range extension for Pseudacris brachyphona (Mountain Chorus Frog) published in Herpetological Review!
Several members of the lab graduated with their undergraduate degrees from Millsaps including Anna Grace Boxx (Environmental Science), Maddie Moore (Biology), and Thomas Weber (Biology). CONGRATS!
-W. Selman promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure!
3 natural history notes on G. oculifera (2) and G. pearlensis published in Herpetological Review.
- Honor's Student Anna Grace Boxx presented her Honor's Thesis at the Millsaps Honor's Symposium and wins the award for best Honor's Project in the Division of Sciences. Congrats to AG!