Davidson College Herpetology Laboratory Awards

2013 - Student Research Award in Aquatic Biology - "Factors Causing Deviation from Optimal Egg Size Theory in the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Madeleine M. Kern (co-authored with Jacquelyn C. Guzy, Jeffery E. Lovich, J. Whitfield Gibbons, and Michael E. Dorcas)

2013 - Best Student Poster Award - "Orientation of Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Seasonal Migrations" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Lauren E. Carter, Margaret M. Stebbins (co-authored with Jacquelyn C. Guzy, Kristen K. Cecala, and Michael E. Dorcas)

2013 - Jolley Foundation Summer Internship Grant - South Carolina Aquarium - Rebecca McKee

2012 - Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology - Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, The Herpetologist's League, and the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists. Presented at the World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, BC - Michael Dorcas

2012 - Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of Research: Madeleine M. Kern

2012 - Jolley Foundation Summer Internship Grant - Learning through Loggerheads - Madeleine Kern

2012 - Senior Research Award - " Severe Mammal Declines Coincide with Proliferation of Invasive Burmese Pythons in Everglades National Park" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Michael E. Dorcas (co-authored with John D. Willson, Robert N. Reed, Ray W. Snow, Michael R. Rochford, Melissa A. Miller, Walter E. Meshaka, Paul T. Andreadis, Frank J. Mazzotti, Christina M. Romagosa and Kristen M. Hart)

2012 - Best Student Poster Award - " Effects of Environmental Temperature Variation on Body Temperatures and Habitat Use in Free-ranging Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin)" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Chance D. Ruder and Christiana D. Akins (co-authored with Leigh Anne Harden, Steve J. Price and Michael E. Dorcas)

2012 - Student Research Award in Aquatic Biology - "Oviposition Site Selection by Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in an Isolated Wetland" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Madeleine M. Kern (co-authored with Adriana A. Nassar, Jackie C. Guzy and Michael E. Dorcas)

2011 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Evan Eskew

2011 - Tom Daggy Biology Award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life, given by the Davidson Biology Department: Evan Eskew

2010 - Eugene P. Odum Award for best oral presentation - -"Stage- and Species-specific Responses of Stream Salamanders to Urbanization" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Steven J. Price (co-authored with Kristen K. Cecala, Robert A. Browne and Michael E. Dorcas)

2010 - Student Research Award in Aquatic Biology - "Stage- and Species-specific Responses of Stream Salamanders to Urbanization" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Steven J. Price (co-authored with Kristen K. Cecala, Robert A. Browne and Michael E. Dorcas)

2010 - Best Student Paper Award - "Stage- and Species-specific Responses of Stream Salamanders to Urbanization" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Steven J. Price (co-authored with Kristen K. Cecala, Robert A. Browne and Michael E. Dorcas)

2009 – Elected as Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Michael Dorcas

2009 - Best Student Paper Award - "Genetic and Demographic Status of a Bog Turtle Population: Implications for Conservation and Management," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Shannon E. Pittman (co-authored with Timothy L. King and Michael E. Dorcas)

2009 - Best Student Poster Award - "Landscape-scale Factors Influence Use of Urban Retention Ponds by Breeding Anurans," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Devynn A. Birx-Raybuck (co-authored with Steven J. Price and Michael E. Dorcas)

2009 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Shannon E. Pittman

2008 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Leigh Anne Harden

2008 - Student Research Award in Aquatic Biology - "Factors at Spatial and Temporal Scales Influence Stream Salamander Abundances," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Steven J. Price (co-authored with Kristen Cecala and Michael E. Dorcas)

2007 - Derieux Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research - 2007 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science: Kristen Cecala

2007 - Senior Research Award "Crab Trapping Causes Population Decline and Demographic Changes in Diamondback Terrapins Over Two Decades," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Michael E. Dorcas

2007 - Sigma Xi Celebration of Undergraduate Research Award: Leigh Anne Harden

2007 - Tom Daggy Biology Award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life, given by the Davidson Biology Department: Kristin Cecala

2007 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Kristen Cecala

2007 - Best Student Poster Award runner-up "Patterns of Trombiculid Mite (Hannemania sp.) Parasitism among Plethodontid Salamanders in the Western Piedmont of North Carolina," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Caitlin Westfall and Kristen Cecala

2006 - Yarbrough Research Grant - North Carolina Academy of Science - "Eating your neighbors: Interspecific interactions within a stream salamander guild": Kristen Cecala

2006 - Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of Research - "Interspecific interactions among salamanders within a salamander guild": Kristen Cecala

2005- Best Student Poster Award, "Effects of relocation on movements and home ranges of eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina)," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Joy Hester

2003 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - J.D. Willson

2003 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Kristine Grayson

2003 - Thomas J. Watson Fellowship - "Extreme Turtles": Kristine Grayson

2003 - Tom Daggy Biology Award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life, given by the Davidson Biology Department: Kristine Grayson

2003 - Best Student Poster Award - "Microhabitat selection and movement patterns of black rat snakes (Elaphe obsoleta)" given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: Lisa Marks, Pierson Hill, and Dana Chemotti

2003 - Sigma Xi Celebration for Undergraduate Research Award - Kristine Grayson

2002 - Tom Daggy Biology Award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life, given by the Davidson Biology Department: J.D. Willson

2002 - Grant-in-Aid-of-Research - Sigma Xi - Seasonal Body Temperature Variation in the Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta): Kristine Grayson

2002 - Best Student Paper in Aquatic Biology,"The Effects of Habitat Disturbance on Stream Salamanders: Implications for Buffer Zones and Watershed Management," given by the Association of Southeastern Biologists: J.D. Willson

2002- Stone Fund - The Effects of Urban Development on Pond-Dwelling Turtles in the Western Piedmont of North Carolina - Kristine Grayson

2002 Yarbrough Research Grant - North Carolina Academy of Science - Seasonal Body Temperature Variation in the Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta): Kristine Grayson

2002- Stone Fund - Ecology an Conservation of Davidson's Box Turtles - Pierson Hill

2001 - Stone Fund - Habitat Enhancement and Community Education about the Davidson College Ecological Preserve - David Stroupe, J.D. Willson, and Kristine Grayson

2001 - Stone Fund - The Effects of Urbanization and Habitat Fragmentation on Box Turtle Biology - Lauran Halpin

2001 - Stone Fund - Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles of the Ramah Creek Conservation Easement - David Stroupe

2001 - Tom Daggy Biology Award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life, given by the Davidson Biology Department: Shane Lindsay

2001 - Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award: Shane Lindsay

2000 - Yarbrough Grant - North Carolina Academy of Sciences - Impacts of Catle on Pond-dwelling Turtles in the Piedmont of North Carolina - Shane Lindsay

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