Graduate Students

and other lab personnel 


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Adam Crane  (2007 - present): Laboratory Supervisor

Fun stuff with salamanders (and sometimes fishes)
Adam Crane 

Ben Dalton: MS student

Salamander conservation biology

Ben Dalton

Emilee Helton: MS student

Social learning in salamanders

emilee helton 

Travis Reeder: MS student

Salamander behavioral syndromes

Travis reeder

Valerie Jones: Undergraduate

Changes in gill blood flow in response to predatory stimuli in spotted salamander larvae

Erin Murray: Undergraduate

Behavioral ecology

Michael Lampe: Undergraduate

Response of Ozark zigzag salamanders to earthworm alarm cues
Michael Lampe 
Courtney Heuring: Undergraduate

Social learning in larval salamanders



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Kaye Goddard*. MS, 1996.  Opercular flaps as sexual ornaments for male longear sunfish. *Best Master's Thesis Award, MO chapter of the American Fisheries SocietyCurrent: Biologist, General Pet.

David Woody. MS, 1996.  The role of alarm pheromones in predation avoidance by adult central newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. Current: Johnson and Johnson, La Jolla, CA    

Daria MaksimowichMS, 1998.  A role for parasites in the  behavior of the Ozark zigzag salamander, Plethodon angusticlavius.   Current: Community Pet Hospital, Thornton, CO.    

Ethan Prosen*. MS, 1999.  Status of the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) in Missouri: a comparison of past and present populations. *Missouri State Biology Department Distinguished Thesis Award.  Ph.D. (2004), University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Current: Faculty, New Jersey City University.

Aaron Sullivan. MS, 1999.  Reproduction, body condition and dietary variation of the lesser siren (Siren intermedia). Master of Science, 1999. PhD (2004), State University of New York at Binghamton.  Current, Faculty, Houghton College (New York).    

Aaron Sullivan

Benjamin Wheeler. MS, 1999.  Status of the Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi): a long-term assessment.  PhD (2007), Arkansas State University.  Current: Faculty, Univ of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

Todd Watson. MS, 2001.  The influence of predation risk on the foraging and territorial behavior of the Ozark zigzag salamander (Plethodon angusticlavius).

Paul Frese. MS, 2000.  Spatial activity, growth, and population characteristics of Siren intermedia in an intensively managed wetland. Current: Biologist, USDA

Amy Commens. MS, 2000.  Response of three species of darters of the genus Etheostoma to chemical alarm signals from conspecifics and congeners. Current: Biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Caleb Hickman*MS, 2002.  Response of salamanders to chemical stimuli from predators in natural habitats.   *Finalist, Herpetologists' League Jaeger Award Current: Field Biologist, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory   

Shem Unger*MS, 2003.  Sperm production and larval development in hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis and C. a. bishopi): a comparison of declining and stable populations.  *Missouri State Biology Department and University-wide Distinguished Thesis Award.  Current:  PhD student at Purdue University.

Angela Gibson.  MS, 2004.  Experience with chemical cues influences subsequent behavior of rainbow darters, Etheostoma caeruluem.     Current: Curator of Africa exhibit, Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri.

Nathan Windel*. MS, 2005.  Behavioral and metabolic responses of the southern red-backed salamander (Plethodon serratus) to predatory stimuli: influence of body size.    *Missouri State Biology Department and University-wide Distinguished Thesis Award.  Herpetologists' League Jaeger Award for Graduate Research
Kyle Shull.  MS, 2007.  Influence of physical stress, sex, and body size on metabolic rates of Ozark zigzag salamanders, Plethodon angusticlavius.   Current: Dental School  
Brian Gall*.  MS, 2008.  Predator-prey interactions between hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis  and C. a. bishopi) and native and nonnative fishes.   * Missouri State Biology Department Outstanding Thesis Award.  Current: PhD student at Utah State University.
David Woods. MS, 2008.  Sub-lethal effects of copper on foraging and alarm behavior of rainbow darters (Etheostoma caeruleum).    Current: Fish Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation.

Jenny Parsons.  MS, 2010.  Response to predation risk by territory owners and intruders in Ozark zigzag salamanders. 

Jenny Parsons
Robert Hunt. MS, 2011, Behavioral and metabolic responses of juvenile spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) to alarm cues from damaged skin and predator diet.  Current: Outreach Eductor, Springfield Discovery Center Instructor Rob Hunt


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