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Welcome

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 local conservation context, management potential and organisms that could use a bit more help (i.e., listed, species of special concern, etc.). We also contribute to understanding basic natural history and ecology of wildlife, which is critical for management and conservation. We focus primarily on reptiles and amphibians and both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Check out what our students are up to...

Recent News!

  1. Long-time lab member, Chris Meehan, will be a Summer Scholars Program fellow for Summer 2023, which means he'll live in a living and learning community at Monmouth and complete a study of habitat selection for Eastern box turtles in a nearby park. 

  2. Former lab affiliate and current PhD student at Louisiana State University, Hannah Craft, got her first, first-authored paper at the Journal of Environmental Management on a paper focused on prioritizing vernal pools for protection across New Jersey. Exciting

  3. In collaboration with state biologists, we have published a cooperator series report on a long-term monitoring protocol for the declining Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa). See report here: https://digitalmedia.fws.gov/digital/collection/document/id/2298/rec/4

  4. Richard Robinson presented his research on preliminary home ranges of Eastern Box Turtle in a suburban island to the Monmouth University Provost, President and other summer scholars program students and mentors. He was awesome!

  5. Richard Robinson is our Summer Scholars Program fellow for summer 2022. He will be starting our suburban Eastern Box Turtle project, in which we will be using radiotelemetry to understand how box turtles use small plots of land, essentially islands, in a matrix of suburban development.

  6. Lab member, Rebecca Berzins, wrote a perspective and summary piece titled, The Use of Technology in Wildlife Monitoring, about our work with drones and diamond-backed terrapins. 

  7. Featuring two Monmouth University students, Angelina Ireland and Sara Grouleff, a new SPARCnet pre-print is available, titled "Eastern red-backed salamanders: A comprehensive review of an undervalued model in evolution, ecology, & behavior". This manuscript is currently in review at Herpetological Monographs.

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