People


Current students in my lab

Mark Suchewski

Mark participated in the 2021 Summer Research Program and is now completing an independent study on the effects of experimental translocation on the behavioral and survival of gray squirrel color morphs. Mark also worked in my lab in summer 2019 on a project to understand behavioral responses of banner-tailed kangaroo rats to grassland restoration in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico.

Regina Hashim

Regina participated in the 2021 Summer Research Program and helped initiate a new project to test for differences in survival between gray and melanic color morphs of eastern gray squirrels in urban and rural environments.

Former students

Connor Parrow

Connor worked in my lab during the 2020 Summer Research Program, using camera traps to understand urbanization effects on the abundance and distribution of gray squirrels and other small mammals.

Alessandra Bryan

Ally completed an honors thesis in my lab in 2019-20 on how urbanization and forest change affect crypsis of eastern gray squirrels. Ally worked on a couple of different project in my lab prior to her honors thesis, including understanding land use legacy effecds on behavioral variation in red-backed salamanders, and characterizing the population genetic structure of an isolated population of plains pocket gophers.

Britta Goncarovs

Britta worked in my lab in summer 2018 to study effects of land use history on behavioral variation in red-backed salamanders, and she continued as aresearch assistant to help create a model of forest cover change in New England since the early 1970s using Landsat data. In 2019 she was a summer research student in southern New Mexico studying how grassland restoration in the Chihuahuan Desert affects the behavior of banner-tailed kangaroo rats.

Grace Marshall

Grace worked with Prof. David Droney and me in summer 2017 to study effects of land use history on behavioral variation in red-backed salamanders. She completed an honors thesis on the relationship between water balance and movement personalities in red-backed salamanders. Grace is currently a research technician at the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station.

Penelope Murphy

Penelope worked with me in summer 2018 in New Mexico to study biodiversity responses to grassland restoration in the Chihuahuan Desert. Penelope is starting an M.S. degree in wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin in fall 2020.

Banan Otaibi

Banan examined differences in post-attack antipredator behavior between color morphs of red-backed salamanders in summer 2016 and published a paper on her work in Amphbia-Reptilia. She completed an honors thesis on effects of forest fragmentation on genetic population structure and color polymorphism in red-backed salamanders. Banan is currently in medical school at Penn State.

Michael Conroy

Michael completed an independent study in Fall 2017 on social and economic factors that affect prevalence of chlamydia in the Midwestern U.S. Michael is currently in medical school at SUNY Upstate.

Katie Rogan

Katie conducted a lab experiment in summer 2016 to examine how stress differentially affects movement decisions in red-backed salamanders with different movement personalities.

Quincey Johnson

Quincey started working in my lab in spring 2016 as a GIS technician, and she continued working with me as a full-time research technician in summer 2016. She came back to the lab as a research technician in summer 2017 to work on biodiversity responses to restoration of desert grasslands in New Mexico. Quincey is a Project and Outreach Coordinator at Madison River Foundation in Bozeman, MT.

Shay Callahan

Shay was a summer research student in 2016 and studied the effects of forest fragmentation on behavior of red-backed salamanders. She came back to the lab as a research technician in summer 2017 to work on biodiversity responses to restoration of desert grasslands in New Mexico. Shay is working on an MS in ecology at the University of Illinois.

Thomas Stephens (Union College)

Thomas came from Union College in summer 2016 and worked with Katie on personality-dependent movement behavior in red-backed salamanders. He also collected preliminary data on how timber harvest affects color morph frequencies in red-backed salamanders.

Maddie Balman

Maddie worked in my lab as a research assistant in summer 2014, helping to sample terrestrial salamanders in the field and take care of animals in the lab. She completed an independent study with me in spring 2015 on how roads affect movement behavior of spotted salamanders. She then worked as a summer research student in 2015 on the effects of forest fragmentation on behavior of red-backed salamanders. Maddie is currently a graduate student in ecology and evolution at Case Western Reserve University.

Lauren Walter

Lauren started in the lab as a research assistant working lab work for a project on the population genetics of red-backed salamanders. She completed an independent study with me in Fall 2014 on bird-window collisions. Lauren is currently working on a PhD in genomics and bioinformatics at Cornell University.

Alison McCarthy

Alison started working in my lab on the population genetics of banner-tailed kangaroo rats in Fall 2012. She was a summer research student in 2013 and 2014, and she completed honors work on effects of forest fragmentation on behavior of red-backed salamanders. She’s currently a Coastal Watershed Protection Coordinator at Clean Ocean Action.

Nick Steijn

Nick conduced summer research in 2014 on the abundance and distribution of terrestrial salamanders along a forest fragmentation gradient. Nick is currently a graduate student at Northern Illinois University working on effects of invasive plant removal on small mammal communities.

Kristen Cronmiller

Kristen started working in my lab on the population genetics of red-backed salamanders in fall 2014, and then she continued working with me as a full-time research technician throughout 2015.

Sam Knopka

Sam completed summer research (2013) and an honors thesis on the spatial distribution of red-backed salamanders along a forest fragmentation gradient at Finger Lakes National Forest. Sam is working on an MS in Wildlife Ecology at West Virginia University.