Current Students and Their Projects

Jessica Hinson joined the Kingsbury lab in 2016. Her Master’s thesis is assessing the status of populations of two state endangered species of turtles in Indiana, the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) and Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), using visual encounter surveys and GIS. She is also creating habitat models for both species to identify other potential suitable habitat and populations throughout Indiana.

Reine Sovey (2017) and Elizabeth Cubberley (2018) are working as  team on the project entitled, “Distribution and Ecology of Blanding’s Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) and Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Michigan.”

Patrick Ransbottom joined the lab in 2017 and is studying amphibian recolonization of a restored wetland system.

Recent Former Students and Their Projects

Allysa Hopkins. 2018. Habitat Selection by Small Mammals in a Restored Wetland System.

Monica Matthews 2018. Landscape Ecology of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus).

Jillian Josimovich. 2018. Soft-Release May Not Enhance Translocations of Wild-Caught Eastern Massasaugas (Sistrurus catenatus).

Taylor Lehman. 2016. Status of Massasauga Populations and Available Habitat in Indiana.

Michael Ravesi. 2016. Timber Harvest and Prescribed Fire as Tools for Massasauga Conservation.

Ryan Smith. 2016. Effect of the Urban Matrix on Avian Assemblages in Forest Fragments.

Savanna Vaughn. 2015. Short-term Response of Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) and White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) to Invasive Shrub Control.

Emily Stulik. 2015. Amphibian Occupancy and Habitat Use in a System of Restored Wetlands.

Sasha Tetzlaff. 2015. To Forage, Mate or Thermoregulate? Influence of Food Supplementation on Behavior of the Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus.

Kevin McLane. 2015. Ecology of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in a Suburban River. Kevin is now working as a wetland ecologist at Green 3 LLC.

Adam Bauer. 2013. Landscape Level Predictors of a Suite of Imperiled Wetland Associated Herpetofauna. Adam is a doctoral student at Northern Illinois University.

Bryan Eads. 2013. Behavioral Responses of Two syntopic Snakes (Genus Thamnophis) to Roads and Culverts.

Christopher Woodley. 2013. Predicting Spring Emergence in a Northern Population of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina).

Evin Carter. 2012. Impacts of Invasive Plants on Resource Selection and Thermoregulation by the Northern Copperhead. (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen).

Michael R. Frank. 2011. Head-starting as a Tool for the Reintroduction of Extirpated Watersnake Populations.

Chad S. Smith. 2009. Hibernation of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) in Northern Michigan.

Joanna Gibson. 2009. Influence of Prescribed Fire on a Midwestern Population of the Eastern Box Turtle.

John C. Marshall, Jr. 2008. Population Genetics and Landscape Modeling in Water Snakes. PhD Dissertation, Purdue University. Co-advisor: Rick Howard.

Nikolas D. Bieser. 2008. Spatial Ecology and Survival of Resident Juvenile and Headstarted Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) in Northern Michigan.

Brett A. DeGregorio. 2008. Response of the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus c. catenatus) to Clear-Cutting.

Brian J. Putman. 2008. Habitat Use and Spatial Ecology of the Eastern Fox Snake (Pantherophis gloydi) in a Disturbed Landscape.