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Dr. Kyle Barrett

Dr. Kyle Barrett is broadly interested in the environmental and biological factors that set the diversity, distribution, and abundance of organisms (ecology!). Most of his work focuses on how large scale stressors such as urbanization and climate change affect animals. Most recently he is exploring how stream-dwelling species respond to watershed development, approaches to finding and sampling rare species, and how to do long-range conservation planning for amphibians and reptiles in the face of climate change and development.

Marion Clement

Marion Clement (MS Student) is interested in avian conservation, behavioral ecology, and wildlife management. Marion is originally from France, but she has lived in Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. She got her bachelors in Geography at Rutgers University in New Jersey. After that, Marion worked as a research assistant for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-MD (CBNERR-MD), then as a restoration biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and after she became the director of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCI). After her graduate studies, Marion is interested in continuing to work with government agencies and nonprofits to advance avian conservation & research, citizen science, and public outreach. When Marion is not focusing on birds, she enjoys climbing, mountain biking, social dancing (swing, salsa) and wildlife photography. 

David Hutto
David Hutto (MS Student) is primarily interested in reptile and amphibian education and conservation, wetland community ecology, and wildlife management as a whole.  David is a South Carolina native and has a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University as well as a BA in Theatre Performance from Winthrop University (not quite the most traditional of students).  Post graduation he is interested in getting involved with herpetological and habitat conservation research as well as continuing to spread knowledge on the benefits of herpetofauna in hopes of altering public perspectives.  His hobbies include (but are not limited to): hiking, field herping, wildlife photography, swimming, camping, golfing, hunting, fishing, and watching football.  GO TIGERS!

Mike Knoerr

Mike Knoerr (MS Student) is broadly interested in the conservation of aquatic ecosystems, particularly those found in the southern Appalachia.  He has a background in field sampling and monitoring (primarily aquatic herpetofauna and non-game fish) as well as in education, having spent the last 2 years teaching high school Biology and Environmental Science in Lake Lure, NC.  His thesis will focus on the conservation of bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) in western North Carolina. Post graduation, his goal is to work for an agency or firm as a non-game biologist or aquatic ecologist. Some hobbies include: travel, cooking, wildlife photography, mountain biking with his border collie, backpacking, spearfishing, restoring antique motorcycles, and contra/waltz dancing.    

Nick Masto (MS Student) is a graduate research assistant with the James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Clemson University, pursuing a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Nick was born in Providence, Rhode Island but has spent most of his life in the upstate of South Carolina. Nick will assess vegetative components of managed brackish impoundments for his thesis project, and he is jointly advised by Drs. Richard Kaminski and Kyle Barrett. Nick has a handsome 15 month old boy named Denham and enjoys spending time with his son outdoors. Nick also has a well-behaved dog named Bo. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, spending time on the water, and college gameday (GO TIGERS!).

Megan Novak

Megan Novak (PhD Student) is interested in community and landscape ecology, specifically metapopulation theory. Megan received her BS in Marine Science and MS in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Her undergraduate honors thesis was titled "A comparative osmoregulation analysis between deep sea sharks and their shallow water counterparts," and her master's thesis was titled "Spatial ecology and habitat use of the southern copperhead (Agkistrodon controtrix contortrix) in a fragmented and non-fragmented habitat." Her dissertation will focus on the metapopulation dynamics of the green salamander (Aneides aeneus). In her free time, Megan enjoys watching football (go Redskins!), baseball (go Yankees!), and playing video games. 

Lab alumni

Jill Newman (MS, 2017) provided the first resurvey for Green Salamanders in SC in over 20 years, and those data will enhance SC DNR's ability to manage and conserve the species. Jill also compared two different modeling techniques used to forecast the climate vulnerability of green salamanders. Jill is currently a research technician with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. 

Nathan Weaver (MS, 2015) evaluated the influence neighborhood age had on stream systems in a rapidly developing portion of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Nathan is working as a natural resource biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

Bennie Johnson (MS, 2015) studied how different aquatic systems within an intensively managed pine landscape contribute to the occupancy and community structure of amphibians and reptiles, using multiple survey methods and taking a landscape approach.  Bennie is currently a biologist for Collins Timber Company (CA).

Nikki Roach (MS, 2015) studied the influence climate change and urban development on marsh bird distributions in South Carolina. Nikki is currently a PhD student in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Texas A&M University.

Theresa Stratmann (MS, 2015) used bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) as a case study for how we can resource efficiently locate and surveying for rare and elusive species. Theresa is currently a PhD student at Goethe University-Frankfurt in Germany.

Bill Sutton worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab from 2013 - 2014. His primary job was to help assess the vulnerability of Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas in the Northeastern US. Bill is now a Research Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University. 

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