One of our projects investigates how mitigation efforts affect Ambystoma salamander populations. These salamanders breed early in the year, when we get a combination of warm weather and rain. This was a very warm spring, so we were regularly checking our study site for signs of amphibians. We caught our first salamanders on February 21st, which is several weeks earlier than normal! Over the next two weeks, we continued to sample salamanders as the weather switched from warm (70 F / 21 C) to below freezing.
Looking back over the past year, there is a lot of great news to share.
Mimi Guo successfully defended her MS thesis and graduated in Spring 2016. Mimi has moved to California for a new job.
Alex Grossman successfully defended his undergraduate honors thesis on tadpole responses to predator cues and graduated in Spring 2016.
Kat Krynak (PhD '15) has started a new position as an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University.
David Dimitrie has moved from California and joined the lab as a new Ph.D. student.
Five undergraduates are working on projects in the lab ranging from timing of metamorphosis to post-metamorphic behavior to pattern recognition of salamanders.
Kacey Dananay was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Award for the academic year 2015-2016. This university-wide award is given to graduate students who have been nominated by their departments as an individual who demonstrates outstanding achievement in instruction.
Hilary Rollins was awarded the Stoye Award in Ecology and Ethology at the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists for her presentation “How do climate-change induced phenological shifts alter terrestrial competition between two amphibians?” Hilary was also awarded the Joanne Westin Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award by the CWRU Biology Department.
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