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News from the Barrett Lab:

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. 

Congratulations to Nathan Weaver, whose first thesis chapter was just accepted for publication in Urban Ecosystems. Nathan's paper describes how variables at both watershed and reach scales influence riparian vegetation around low-order streams in the Appalachians. Nathan selected sites across a low-intensity urban gradient, and his results offer some insights into managing native vegetation within such areas. 

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!