Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting 2012


From April 4-6 of 2012, members of the Davidson College Herpetology Lab attended the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Athens, Georgia. At the conference, members of the lab presented five posters and five talks, winning awards in both categories.

 

Research Presented by Davidson College Herpetology Lab Members:

 
Elizabeth B. Underwood1, Sarah C. Bowers1, Carole Wilkes2, Jeffrey E. Lovich3, J W. Gibbons2, Jackie C. Guzy1 and Michael E. Dorcas1. Sexual dimorphism and feeding ecology of diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). 1Davidson College, NC, 2Savannah River Ecology Lab, SC, 3Southwest Biological Science Center.
 
Christian R. Oldham, Steven J. Price and Michael E. Dorcas. A preliminary investigation into the ecology of juvenile painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) in a golf course pond. Davidson College, NC.
 
Chance D. Ruder, Christiana D. Akins, Leigh Anne Harden, Steve J. Price and Michael E. Dorcas. Effects of environmental temperature variation on body temperatures and habitat use in free- ranging diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). 1Davidson College, NC, 2University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC.
 
Madeleine M. Kern1, Jeffrey E. Lovich2, Jackie C. Guzy1, J. W. Gibbons3 and Michael E. Dorcas1. Potential morphological constraint on optimal egg size in the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin). 1Davidson College, NC, 2Southwest Biological Science Center, 3Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, SC.
 
Stephanie D. Hunt1, Jackie C. Guzy1, Steven J. Price1, Brian J. Halstead2 and Evan A. Eskew3. Response of riparian reptile communities to anthropogenic habitat alteration. 1Davidson College, NC, 2US Geological Survey, 3University of California, Davis, CA.
 
Nitya T. Rao, Steven Price, Jackie Guzy and Michael Dorcas. The Davidson College herpetology labís outreach program: using reptiles and amphibians to enhance science education. Davidson College, NC.
 
Madeleine M. Kern, Adriana A. Nassar, Jackie C. Guzy and Michael E. Dorcas. Oviposition site selection by spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in an isolated wetland. Davidson College, NC.
 
Jackie C. Guzy, Steven J. Price and Michael E. Dorcas. An assessment of the spatial configuration of greenspace: factors influencing semi-aquatic turtle occupancy in a suburban landscape. Davidson College, NC.
 
Steven J. Price1, Robert A. Browne2 and Michael E. Dorcas1. Resistance and resilience of a stream salamander to supra-seasonal drought. 1Davidson College, NC, 2Wake Forest University, NC.
 
Michael E. Dorcas1, John D. Willson2, Robert N. Reed3, Ray W. Snow4, Michael R. Rochford5, Melissa A. Miller6, Walter E. Meshaka7, Paul T. Andreadis8, Frank J. Mazzotti5, Christina M. Romagosa6 and Kristen M. Hart3. Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive burmese pythons in Everglades National Park. 1Davidson College, NC, 2Virginia Tech, VA, 3US Geological Survey, 4National Park Service, 5University of Florida, FL, 6Auburn University, AL, 7State Museum of Pennsylvania, PA, 8Denison University, OH.
 

Awards:

 
Maddie Kern and Adriana Nassar won the Aquatic Biology Award for their paper entitled: Oviposition site selection by spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in an isolated wetland.
 
Chance Ruder and Tia Akins won the ASB Poster Award for their poster entitled: Effects of environmental temperature variation on body temperatures and habitat use in free- ranging diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin).
 
Dr. Michael Dorcas and his co-authors won the Senior Research Award for their paper entitled: Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive burmese pythons in Everglades National Park.

Some Photos From the Meeting:

 

 

Chance and Tia with their poster

 

Maddie shows off her poster

 

Christian explains his project

 

 

Dr. Dorcas and Dr. Gibbons take a breather

 

Dr. Dorcas accepts his award

 

Maddie and Adriana accept their award

 

 

Nitya walks someone through her poster

 

Elizabeth and Sarah look over their poster

 

Stephanie presents her talk on habitat alteration

 

 

Steve and Jackie hard at work even during the breaks

 

Tia and Chance accept their poster award

 

The whole group at the awards banquet


 


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