|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.
-Manuscript on observations of juvenile diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) in Louisiana accepted in Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
-Manuscript on 36 new county records for MS, LA, and TN accepted in Herpetological Review (with 15 undergraduates from Millsaps undergraduate herpetology).
-Co-authored manuscript on pigmentation variability in diamondback terrapins across coastal Louisiana accepted in Herpetologica (with B. Reinke, TX A&M and S. Pearson, LDWF).
-Manuscript on geographic, seasonal, and sexual variation in the diet of Graptemys flavimaculata accepted for publication in Copeia (with co-author P. Lindeman).
-Natural history note on shell abnormality and long-term site fidelity in Graptemys flavimaculata published in Herpetological Review.
-Co-author natural history note on abnormal shell morphology and kyphoscoliosis in Trachemys scripta elegans published in Herpetological Review (with R. Elsey, D. Lejeune, and W. Strong, LDWF).
-Co-author manuscript on Whooping Crane multiscale habitat use and movements in Louisiana wetlands published in Waterbirds (with B. Pickens, S. King, P. Vasseur, and S. Zimorski).
-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.