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News from the Barrett Lab:

Jill Newman recently presented a poster on her green salamander research at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Austin, TX. Jill did a fantastic job representing the lab during the session. 

Congratulations to Mike Knoerr, who was selected to receive a travel grant to support his upcoming presentation at the 15th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Charleston, SC. 

Congratulations to Mike Knoerr, who received the Bern Tryon Grant from the Turtle Survival Alliance to support his research on bog turtles! Mike's project focuses on how nest survival may influence bog turtle population persistence and he is trying to understand what bog characteristics are associated with large bog turtle population size. 

Congratulations to Nathan Weaver. Both of his thesis chapters have been accepted for publication in Urban Ecosystems. Nathan's papers describes how variables at both watershed and reach scales influence riparian vegetation (manuscript #1) and stream salamanders (manuscript #2) around low-order streams in the Appalachians. Nathan selected sites across a low-intensity urban gradient, and his results offer some insights into managing vegetation and amphibians within such areas. 

Congratulations to Jill Newman, who recently received a Greenville Zoo Conservation Grant in support of her work on green salamanders in the Upstate of South Carolina. Jill is working to understand drivers of green salamander abundance across sites in South Carolina, and modeling the species' vulnerability to anticipated climate change. 

Two new papers were recently published reporting on our work to understand how invasive wetland plants influence pond-breeding amphibians, and both of these publications had heavy undergraduate involvement! Milica Radanovic is lead author on our paper in Journal of Freshwater Ecology (Milica was an undergraduate with co-author Joe Milanovich at U. Loyola Chicago), and Zac Reinstein (former undergraduate in the Barrett Lab) is a co-author on our paper in Journal of Herpetology