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Research Faculty

Tracey D. Tuberville (Assistant Research Scientist)
Conservation and management of reptile and amphibian populations; translocation and reintroduction; genetics as a tool to understanding individual behavior and population dynamics, and landscape processes
Kurt A. Buhlmann (Associate Research Scientist)
Life history and evolutionary ecology of herpetofauna, and application to conservation and habitat management; upland habitat needs of seasonal wetlands herpetofauna; effects of land management; reintroduction methods; global turtle conservation
J. Whitfield Gibbons (Professor Emeritus of Ecology, U. of Georgia; Head, SREL Environmental Outreach Program)
Population dynamics and ecology of aquatic and semi-aquatic vertebrates; factors affecting abundance and distribution of herpetofauna; application of basic population research to wetland conservation and environmental impact assessment

Research Staff

Brian Metts (Research Professional)
Ecology and natural history of herpetofauna; conservation and management; ecotoxicology; and the effects of anthropogenic activities on wildlife populations
David Scott (Research Professional)
Amphibian ecology, amphibian use of isolated wetlands, ecological risk analysis, K-12 science outreach
Kimberly Andrews (Education Program Specialist)
Reptile and amphibian conservation, spatial ecology, developing approaches for retaining ecological viability and permeability in urbanizing landscapes
Judy Greene (Data Manager)
Population dynamics and ecology of freshwater turtles; natural history and conservation of reptiles and amphibians; biodiversity of isolated wetlands; maintenance of historical and long term data sets

Students

Bess Harris (Master's Student)

Outreach / Education

J. Whitfield Gibbons (Professor Emeritus of Ecology, U. of Georgia; Head, SREL Environmental Outreach Program)
Population dynamics and ecology of aquatic and semi-aquatic vertebrates; factors affecting abundance and distribution of herpetofauna; application of basic population research to wetland conservation and environmental impact assessment
Judy Greene (Data Manager)
Population dynamics and ecology of freshwater turtles; natural history and conservation of reptiles and amphibians; biodiversity of isolated wetlands; maintenance of historical and long term data sets
Kimberly Andrews (Education Program Specialist)
Reptile and amphibian conservation, spatial ecology, developing approaches for retaining ecological viability and permeability in urbanizing landscapes
Sean Poppy (Education Program Specialist)
K-12 science education; communicating the value of ecology and conservation to the general public; living zoological collections as teaching tools

Affiliated / Visiting Researchers

Brett DeGregorio (Ph.D. Student, University of Illinois)
Influence of anthropogenic habitat change on the spatial ecology, habitat selection, and nesting ecology of herpetofauna; thermal response to habitat modification; causes and consequences of reptile population dynamics; head-starting as a conservation tool
Melissa A. Pilgrim (Visiting Researcher)
Stable isotopes as tracers in living systems; climate change biology; life history evolution

Recent Alumni

Matthew Erickson (Past Research Technician)
Natural history and ecology of Southeastern herpetofauna; ecology of diamondback terrapins
Aaliyah Green (Masters Student, Graduated Spring 2007)
Mercury accumulation in diamondback terrapins and Asian turtles
Andrew Grosse (Past Research Professional)
Ecology, conservation and management of freshwater turtles; ecology of aquatic ecosystems; impacts of human activities on herpetofauna
Cris Hagen (Reptile Biologist and Genetics Technician)
Natural history of crocodilians and turtles; conservation biology and global conservation; conservation genetics; microsatellite primer development; outreach and education
Robert Horan (Past Research Professional)
Amphibian and reptile conservation, amphibian and reptile ecology, movement ecology, complementary habitat use, habitat and species restoration
Tom Luhring (Masters Student, Graduated Spring 2008)
Biology of aquatic salamanders, landscape connectivity of amphibian populations, interactions between animal populatiosn and ecosystem processes
Tony Mills (Past Education Coordinator)
Betsie Rothermel (Past Asst. Research Scientist)
Restoration ecology, herpetology, effects of habitat fragmentation on wetland-associated species
Brian Todd (Ph.D. student, Graduated Spring 2008)
Factors affecting the distribution, abundance, and persistence of wildlife populations; reptile and amphibian response to anthropogenic factors such as habitat loss, climate change, competition from invasive species, and novel pathogens
J. D. Willson (Past Post-doctoral Research Associate)
Population dynamics in reptiles and amphibians; ecological roles of herpetofauna; reptile and amphibian conservation; development of field and analytical methods for monitoring herpetofaunal populations; ecology and control of invasive herpetofauna
Chris Winne (Past Post-doctoral Research Associate)