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News from the Barrett Lab:

We're looking for a new member! Are you interested in urban ecology and have a background working with owls? If so, we'd love to have you apply for this M.S.-level Research Assistantship. Applications are due March 20. 

We recently traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 15th meeting of the Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation meeting. This conference attracts academics, agency personnel, zoo biologists, and industry folks, so it's a great place to think broadly about how to do collaborative conservation. Jill Newman and Mike Knoerr gave great presentations on their green salamander and bog turtle work, respectively. 

We'd like to welcome David Hutto as the newest member to the Barrett Lab grad group. David has worked in the lab as an undergraduate for the last couple of years, and we're excited to see him transition to work on his M.S.

Noteworthy achievements (get it?): Field technician Joel Mota and Clemson undergraduates Cameron Sabin, Ben Bagwell, Marxie Antonov, and David Hutto have all recently published or had accepted amphibian and reptile distribution notes to Herpetological Review. Thanks to these folks for enhancing our knowledge of natural history in the upstate. MS student Jill Newman is a co-author on these notes and has provided significant mentorship in the lab!

Thanks to Mike Knoerr for presenting the latest news from his bog turtle research at the Project Bog Turtle meeting in Asheboro, NC and at the Bog Learning Network in Asheville, NC. Both meeting were held this winter. Great job, Mike!

Kyle recently published a new paper with Drs. Joe Milanovich and John Crawford in PLoS ONE. The paper describes in influence of purple loosestrife detritus on wood frogs at two different locations in the country.

Congratulations to Ben Bagwell who just landed a position with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. Ben was a field technician on Jill Newman's crew this summer, and we're excited to see him move on to his next adventure. 

Congratulations to Bennie Johnson, who recently published a second paper in Forest Ecology and Management. Bennie's research explores influence of different wetland management strategies in pine plantations on a range of frog species. The paper was coauthored by Kyle, Dr. Rob Baldwin (Clemson), and Dr. Jessica Homyack (Weyerhaeuser).

The Barrett Lab received funding from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to study habitat associations and nesting behavior of Bog Turtles in North Carolina. MS student Mike Knoerr will be leading the research team on this project.