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
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/
12/1/2016 Paper Accepted: Painted turtle nesting phenology is correlated with air temperature the prior winter. After colder winters, turtles nest later. However, turtles hibernate under the water and ice, where temperatures are fairly stable. We examined if the correlation between air temperature and nesting phenology (and other behaviors) are mediated through the duration of ice cover. Our 25-year observational study indicated a correlation between ice-off date and nesting phenology, while our manipulative experiment did not find evidence that simulated ice-off date influenced nesting behaviors. Look for it soon in Evolutionary Ecology Research.