I am an evolutionary ecologist and an educator. I love doing field research and helping students learn the intricacies of scientific research and discovery. I am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Auburn University. Welcome to my webpage!
Department of Biological Sciences
101 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn, AL 36849, USA
7/2016 JMIH meetings in Austin: I just returned from an exciting and successful conference of the Joint Meeting of Icthyologists and Herpetologists in Austin, TX. I presented on urban habitat use of Agama lizards in Florida and on seasonality in reproduction of anoles. Read about the anole work below.
6/2017 Paper accepted: Manipulating hormones within eggs has been a powerful experimental tool for understanding sex determination in reptiles. Our recently accepted paper in the Journal of Experimental Zoology A investigates the influence of hormone manipulations on sex determination in the field, and it should be out soon!
4/2017 More field work: Life is busy these days. We have hundreds of breeding lizards in the lab and have been making frequent trips to Florida to work on a variety of research projects. At our research site in central Florida, we are just starting to get into the beginning of the reproductive season. Photo by Renata Brandt.
3/2017 Lizard hunting: Field work season is ramping up. We've done several field trips to Florida already to collect anole lizards for research projects and scout field sites for future field work. And we have several more around the corner. While in South Florida, infamous for its invasive reptiles, we encountered 10 species of invasive lizards in only 2 days.
2/2017 Frog breeding: Cool rainy nights in February bring out the Pseudacris frogs. I tagged along with Brian Folt and his herpetology students as we visited some ditches and floodplains in search of frogs. We found plenty; 4 species of Pseudacris, plus many larval amphibians and eggs masses.
1/2017 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting: 2017 is off to a great start! We just returned from a stimulating SICB meeting in New Orleans. I presented on sex ratio evolution in reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination, and the students I've worked with did a great job presenting their lizard research. Check out the three Anole Annals write-ups of our research below!
Dani's Poster: www.anoleannals.org/2017/01/09/sicb-2017-can-we-measure-heart-rates-of-anole-embryos/
Josh's Talk: www.anoleannals.org/2017/01/10/sicb-2017-thermal-spikes-caused-by-the-urban-heat-island-effect-result-in-differential-survival/
Austin's Poster: www.anoleannals.org/2017/01/10/sicb-2017-its-getting-hot-in-here-how-brown-anoles-respond-to-extreme-heat-in-greenhouses/