a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Washington University in
St. Louis in 2007. While there, I conducted experiments on the
effects of a common agricultural contaminant on the oviposition
behavior of the gray treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis, under the direction
of Dr. James Vonesh. This project sparked my interest in global
amphibian population declines and led to my desire to pursue a
PhD in this field.
agree that the reasons for global amphibian decline are varied,
with strong evidence for habitat loss, increased levels of UV
radiation, invasive species, climate change, emerging infectious
diseases, and agricultural contaminants as contributing factors.
These stressors may operate independently of one another, but
their effects are more likely to be synergistic and context-dependent.
As a graduate student in Zoology at OSU, I plan to use GIS techniques
and the program MARK to investigate the way spatial structure
of amphibian populations can affect their response to multiple
stressors. My research is supported through an NSF graduate fellowship.
I am tagging a Pseudacris regilla metamorph for a project
on the population-level effects of limb deformities.