Undergraduate assistants

Current Students

Zach Bradley - Animal care and research assistant Fall 2011 - current

I am currently a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I love to play football, work-out, and watch movies. I am also a huge Tennessee Volunteers fan and love to attend most of their sport events. Along with my love of sports, I have always loved animals, especially reptiles. I am majoring in Animal Science/Pre-vet and will be attending the Veterinary Program after I graduate and become a great veterinarian.

Trey Johnson - Animal care and Research assistant Summer 2013 - current
I began working with Lisa during the summer of 2013. I would like to study animal behavior and how it can be used to answer different evolutionary questions and predict responses to various stimuli. In the lab I assist with lizard care, data collection, video analysis, and blood tests. I want to eventually earn a PhD and conduct research as career. Working in Lisa’s lab has given me great experience working with animals, collecting data, and learning how to do research in a laboratory setting.​

Alex Gibson -
Animal care and Research assistant Fall 2014
I am currently a sophomore at UT and I'm planning on pursuing the animal science/pre-vet route! Ive always loved animals since I was a little kid but my true interest is in reptiles and amphibians! At the zoo I would always spend my time in the reptile house and was always fascinated by the incredible amount of diversity of all of them! I currently have two ball pythons named Zeke and Stacy and they are the sweetest snakes ever!

Emily Ashton - Animal care and Research assistant Summer 2013 - current

Past Students

Joe Altobelli - Research assistant
Summer 2011 - Spring 2013

I am broadly interested in behavior and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have worked with Lisa for over a year, including assisting with field research conducted in St. Augustine, Florida where we investigated the responses of Anolis sagrei to auditory stimuli. My current research aim is to better understand auditory habituation in Anolis sagrei by repeated exposure to predatory calls from Falco sparverius and the frequency range that affects behavioral responses to those calls..

Abby Thistlethwaite - Animal care and Research assistant Summer 2013 - Spring 2014
I have been fascinated with various flora and fauna since I was a child. Over the years, I've held many animal husbandry positions and am now furthering my education and pursuing research in my field. Animal behavior has always been of particular interest to me, and the chance to work with Lisa is a wonderful opportunity. I have a broad range of experience, ranging from surveying and propagating a variety of critically endangered native fish species, to working as a keeper at a rescue containing over 273 big cats. Above all, however, my greatest interest has always been in herpetology.Lee Pettes - Animal care and Research assistant Fall 2013

ie McKee - Animal care and Research assistant
Fall 2012 - Summer 2013

Christina Massaro - Research assistant
Fall 2012