News from the Barrett Lab:
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.
Congratulations to Nikki Roach, who recently published work from her Clemson thesis. You can read about our attempts to understand how models of habitat preference transfer across space in Ecosphere.
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.