AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST:
Students in my lab have been pursuing research projects in behavior,
ecology, and physiological ecology of amphibians and reptiles. My interests are
in investigating how feeding effects the metabolic
rate, digestive physiology and thermoregulatory behavior of amphibians and
reptiles. I am also interested in measuring stress levels in wild and captive amphibians and reptiles.
Heather Forster: Territorial Behavior in the salamander Plethodon albagula.
Eric Kessler: Characteristics and Selection of Natural Rock
Retreat-Sites by Woodland Snakes at
Cindy Moore: Temperature-mediated characteristics of the
dusky salamander, Desmognathus fuscus of southern
K. Brandon Chance: Winter Ecology of the Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana.
Megan Kearney: Food Passage Time and Digestive Efficiency
of Collared Lizards, Crotaphytus collaris. M.S. 2002
Angie Babbit: Metabolic and
Digestive Parameters of Cope's Gray Treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis. M.S. 2003
Rick Morrow: Effects of Meal Size, Meal Composition, Diel Cycle, and Seasonal Effects on Metabolic Response in the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata. M.S. 2008
Shelly Evans: Effect of Environmental Enrichment on Leukocytes and Housing Preference in Captive Red Cornsnakes, Pantherophis guttatus. M.S. 2011
Tyleia Prendergast: SDA and Post-feeding Thermoregulation in, Elaphe guttata.
Jessica Magana: Metabolic Cost to Anolis carolinensis of Visual Contact with Predators and Prey. M.S. 2012
Pam McClain: The Validation of a Safe, Inexpensive Technique to Monitor Stress Levels in Snakes.
Andrew Coleman: Vocalization in Smallmouth Salamanders.
Emma Pauly-Hubbard: Aggregation in Prairie Ringneck Snakes.
Janet Bailey: Specific Dynamic Action in the toad, Bufo woodhousii. Honor's thesis
Lani Burress: Effect of Feeding on Thermoregulation in the toad, Bufo woodhousii. Special Project
Megan Kearney: Digestive Parameters of the Great Plains Skink, Eumeces obsoletus. REU project
Marcia Puckett: Digestive Influences on Thermoregulation and Digestive Efficiency of Cornsnakes, Elaphe guttata. K-BRIN scholar
Daphne Jones: Thermal Influence on Digestive Rate of the Cornsnake, Elaphe guttata. K-INBRE scholar
Lynett Bontrager: Meal size and Thermoregulation of the Cornsnake, Elaphe guttata. K-INBRE scholar
Michelle Gilkerson: Snake size, Meal size, and Thermoregulation in Cornsnakes, Elaphe guttata. K-INBRE scholar
Ashley Everly: Gastric Digestion in Cornsnakes, Elaphe guttata. K-INBRE scholar
Yusuke Suita: Chronic versus Acute Response to Temperature of Phagocytic Snake Leukocytes. K-INBRE scholar
Caitlyn Wayman: Effect of Unsaturated Fatty Acids on thermoregulation in Cornsnakes. K-INBRE scholar
Ben Kerbs: Effect of Saturated Fatty Acids on thermoregulation in Cornsnakes. Special Project
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