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My name is Elisabeth L. Failey and I am a senior at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. I have been involved in the Davidson College Herpetology Laboratory since January 2005 when I returned from my semester abroad at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. I was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant and spent the summer of 2005 working with Dr. Michael Dorcas.
Spring 2005: I participated in a long term research study looking at how urbanization and land development effects salamander populations.

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Summer 2005: I looked at turtle populations on 5 golf course ponds and 5 natural ponds in three counties (Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Cabarrus) in the Western Piedmont of North Carolina from April 17th 2005 until July 28th 2005. Six different species of pond turtle were captured over the study period. The most commonly caught turtles were Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta), then Sliders (Trachemys scripta), followed by Eastern Mud Turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum), and Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpintina). More rare species found were River Cooters (Pseudemys concinna) found in few numbers on 3 sites and Common Musk Turtles (Sternotherus odoratus) which were only found in one of the farm ponds.This fall we will analyze the data and will prepare a paper to submit for possible publication.


Please contact: befailey@davidson.edu if you have any questions