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News from the Barrett Lab:

Marion Clement's research on barred owls in urban habitats was profiled by the local CBS news crew. You can read more about our owl research, and report sightings of Clemson-area owls, here

Congratulations to Mike Knoerr, who received Zoo Knoxville’s Bern Tryon Fund. This grant will support Mike's continued work this field season to understand the influence of nest predators on bog turtle population dynamics.

Congratulations to Jill Newman (recent lab alumnus), who begins a new position with the Smithsonian Conservation Institute in March. Jill will be working as a lab manager on a spotted turtle project run by the Institute. 

The Barrett Lab was well-represented at the recent annual meeting of Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC), which convened at Unicoi State Park, GA. Mike Knoerr and Jill Newman presented summaries of their thesis research, while David Hutto presented his proposed research, which begins this spring. 

We'd like to welcome Megan Novak to the lab! Megan will be pursuing a PhD in Biological Sciences. She comes to Clemson after completing her M.S. research on copperhead movement and habitat use in response to habitat fragmentation. 

Congratulations to Jill Newman who successfully defended her thesis and graduated in December! Jill's thesis is titled "Green salamander distribution, abundance, and physiology in the Southern Blue Ridge. Her project was funded by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 

Marion Clement presented a poster (Occupancy and movements of barred owls along a forest-to-urban land cover gradient in the South Carolina Piedmont Ecoregion) at the Raptor Research Foundation meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marion is gearing up for her first full season of sampling later this winter.