Joshua Ennen (Tennessee Aquarium), Jim Godwin (Alabama Natural Heritage Program), Brian Kreiser (University of Southern Mississippi), and Jeff Lovich (U.S. Geological Survey) and I collaborated on various projects trying to understand species delimitation, hybridization, and population structure of Barbour’s Map Turtle (Graptemys barbouri) and the Escambia Map Turtle (Graptemys ernsti).
Craig Guyer was my major professor in graduate school. We worked together on projects trying to understand population ecology of frogs and anoles in Costa Rica, but we have also collaborated on systematic and conservation studies of reptiles from the southeastern US.
Michelle Hoffman is the Director of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, a captive breeding center for Eastern Indigo Snakes at the Central Florida Zoo. Michelle and I have worked together on projects evaluating hypotheses about taxonomy and repatriation programs for indigo snakes.
Ray Hopkins (McDaniel College) was an undergraduate student that I worked with during the 2017 field course “Tropical Ecology in a Changing Planet” offered by the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Ray used a clever experimental approach to study the functional significance of alarm calls made by Smoky Jungle Frogs (Leptodactylus savagei) during duress. Ray’s paper was published in Journal of Herpetology!
John Jensen was the state herpetologist for Georgia (he’s now retired). John and I collaborated on a long-term mark-recapture study of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in Spring Creek, Georgia, where we modeled the species population demography and estimated population viability at that site.
Conor McGowan is my current post-doctoral adviser. Together we are working on population modeling exercises to provide quantitative analyses of extinction risk for imperiled species, as part of a collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help them during Species Status Assessments for listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
I did a short rotation working in Jamie Oaks lab, where we worked on phylogenomic projects investigating phylogenetic patterns of salamanders in southeastern North America.
Kelsey Reider (Florida International University). Kelsey mentored me as an undergraduate, where we studied the community ecology of terrestrial frogs and lizards in plantation monocultures La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
Nelson Rivera (John Carroll University) was an NSF REU student at La Selva Biological Station, and we collaborated on a study describing variation in community structure of glassfrogs (Centrolenidae) at La Selva. Nelson’s glassfrog paper was published in Journal of Tropical Ecology. He is now an MS student at John Carroll University where he is studying the chemical ecology of poisons frogs.
Jackson Roberts (Louisiana State University) and I overlapped at Auburn, while Jackson was a M.S. student in the School of Fisheries. I modestly helped Jackson on a project where we described two new species of blood flukes inhabiting Musk Turtles (Sternotherus sp.) in the southeastern US, but we also shared millions of discussions about science (and mostly life). Jackson is now a PhD student studying evolutionary biology and herpetology at Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences.