We are a research lab at Monmouth University, focusing in the fields of Herpetology, Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology.  


As a lab, we focus on one fundamental, but broad question: How will wildlife populations persist across landscapes dominated by humans?  We approach this question by thinking about adaptive capacity, management potential and conservation context. We also contribute to understanding basic natural history and ecology of wildlife, which is often helpful in contributing to management and conservation. We focus primarily on reptiles and amphibians and both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

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Recent News!

  1. Collaborator and rock star, Jill Fleming, had another paper accepted, this time at Ecological Applications, which focuses on evaluating Spatial Capture Recapture sampling designs. This paper is important as a first test of the standard cover board sampling design for the Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaborative NetworkFleming, J., C. Sutherland, S.C. Sterrett, E.H.C. Grant. In press. Experimental evaluation of spatial capture-recapture study design. Ecological Applications xx:xx-xx.

  2. New paper featuring Travis Kirk, a recent MU graduate; "Evidence of a dietary shift in female Barbour’s Map turtle (Graptemys barbouri)", This paper will be published in a Special Issue on Graptemys Biology at Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 

  3. Collaborator and former graduate student, Jill Fleming, recently had a paper accepted at Oikos focusing on advancing ideas related to indicator species. Fleming, J., C. Sutherland, S.C. Sterrett, E.H.C. Grant. In press. Improving the utility of indicator species with latent ecological variables. Oikos.​

  4. Dr. Sterrett recently featured in the New York Times article, "With the World on Pause, Salamanders Own the Road" 18 May 2020 by Brandon Keim 

  5. Dr. Sterrett received a Research and Creativity Grant from Monmouth University for a project called, "Using 3D printed turtles models to evaluate detection of Diamond-backed Terrapins from an unmanned aerial system. This research will start in Summer 2020.