|Will Selman, Ph.D. Vertebrate Ecology Lab||
Gracie Bellnap, Undergraduate. Gracie is a Junior at Millsaps College. She is investigating trapping techniques and turtle communities of swamps in the Pearl River bottomlands at Lefleur's Bluff State Park. When not catching turtles, Gracie is a member of the women's volleyball team at Millsaps. Gracie is pictured with the first male snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) captured during the 2017 summer field season.
Grover Brown, Ph.D. student. Grover is a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi co-advised by Brian Kreiser and Carl Qualls. He is investigating the ecology, evolutionary history and population genetics of several mud and musk turtle species (family: Kinosternidae) across the Southeastern United States. At left, Grover is holding a female Pascagoula map turtle during a survey for the federally-threatened yellow-blotched sawback. Selman serves as a Doctoral Committee member for Grover.
Drew Carter, Undergraduate. Drew is a Senior at Millsaps College. He is investigating demographics and population status of box turtles (Terrapene carolina) at Lefleur's Bluff State Park. When not searching for box turtles, Drew is a pitcher on the baseball team at Millsaps and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Drew is pictured at left with two box turtles found during the 2017 summer field season.
Todd Nims, Ph.D. student. Todd is an instructor at Georgia Perimeter College and also a student in the lab of Dr. Michael Yabsley at The University of Georgia. He is investigating blood parasites of freshwater turtles, including the federally threatened yellow-blotched sawback (Graptemys flavimaculata). At left, Todd holds a gopher tortoise, a keystone species of the longleaf pine ecosystem of the southeastern United States.
Haley Smith, Undergraduate. Haley is a Junior at Millsaps College. She is investigating the status of sawback and map turtles (Genus Graptemys) in the Pearl River in the Jackson Metro area. When not peering through binoculars or a spotting scope, Haley is a singer in the Millsaps Jazz Band. She will also be one of the first graduates of a new major at Millsaps College, Environmental Science. Haley is pictured at left driving the new boat on the Pearl River during the 2017 summer field season.
Abigail Arfman, M.S. 2016. Abigail worked in the lab of Dr. Eddie Lyons at McNeese State University. She investigated shorebird diversity and abundance, as well the associated macroinvertebrate communities, at four Cameron Parish beaches in southwestern Louisiana. At left, Abigail surveys for shorebirds on the beach of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Jordan Donini, M.S. 2016. Jordan worked in the lab of Dr. Roldán Valverde at Southeastern Louisiana University. His thesis focused on the reproductive physiology of Diamondback Terrapins in the Gulf of Mexico during the nesting season by using sex hormones, the protein vitellogenin, and ultrasonography as indicators of reproductive status. His reproductive work occurred across latitudes in both Louisiana and Florida. At left Jordan holds a male and female terrapin from Louisiana.
Robert Ford, M.S. 2015. Robert worked in the lab of Dr. Sabrina Taylor at Louisiana State University. His Thesis documented the population structure and rates of hybridization of Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) in the western Gulf of Mexico population. At left, Robert holds a male Mottled Duck captured while night banding at Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.
Daniel Gaillard, Ph.D. 2014. Daniel worked in the lab of Dr. Brian Kreiser at The University of Southern Mississippi. His dissertation focused on the genetics and population structure of gopher tortoises in the southeastern United States, but we collaborated on a ringed sawback (Graptemys oculifera) conservation genetics project. At left, Daniel is holding his first captured ringed sawback and river cooter (Pseudemys concinna) from the Bogue Chitto River. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Beijing University, China.
Cybil Covic Huntzinger, M.S. 2014. Cybil worked with Dr. Eddie Lyons at McNeese State University. She documented the population status of Alligator Snapping turtles in southwestern Louisiana, as well as used a fisherman-based survey to qualitatively assess Alligator Snapping turtle distribution and abundance. At left, Cybil holds an Alligator Snapping turtle from the Mermentau River basin. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Irvin Louque, M.S. 2014. Irvin worked with Dr. Eddie Lyons at McNeese State University. He documented the population status of Sabine Map turtles in southwestern Louisiana rivers, as well as morphological differences in Sabine Map turtles across river systems. At left, Irvin holds a larger female Sabine Map turtle with a smaller male for comparison.
Charlotte Petre, M.S. 2014. Charlotte worked in the lab of Dr. Brian Kreiser at The University of Southern Mississippi. Part of her thesis work is to study the conservation genetics, connectivity, and population structure of Diamondback Terrapins in Louisiana. At left, Charlotte holds a juvenile Diamondback Terrapin captured from a salt marsh in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Beth Reinke, Ph.D. student. Beth is a student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Calsbeek at Dartmouth College. She is investigating the functional significance of plastron coloration in freshwater turtles, especially Chrysemys picta belli (pictured). She is also assessing the role of pigments as antioxidants in herps, with our collaboration investigating variation in terrapin plastron pigmentation along coastal Louisiana.
Colt Reeves, Undergraduate. McNeese State University. Colt worked on data collection for the chenier woods herpetofauna project while working as a student worker at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Along with this project, he worked on annual Mourning Dove (at left) and Mottled Duck banding projects on the refuge.
Michael Sullivan, Undergraduate. Michael is a Senior at Millsaps College and will graduate in December 2017. He is investigating herpetofauna diversity at Lefleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson, MS for undergraduate research hours. When not flipping logs and catching snakes, Michael is a member of the Millsaps Cross Country and Track Team and is an avid outdoorsman. Michael is pictured at left on a Wetland Ecology field trip at Buttercup Flats in Wiggins, MS.