Stephanie Hunt

I am currently a senior biology major at Davidson College, and have been a member of our herpetology lab since my freshman spring (2010). Over the course of two summer research experiences and extensive lab involvement during the school year I have worked on various herpetology lab research projects and outreach events including:

  • A large-scale analysis of reptile and amphibian populations in riparian wetlands of the Broad River basin, SC
  • An investigation of aquatic turtle populations in urban, rural, and golf course ponds of the greater Charlotte area
  • Local educational outreach days such as Reptile Day and MOSAIC (math, originality, science, achievement, imagination, and creativity)
  • A weather station database for the college
  • A long-term project monitoring diamondback terrapins in the salt marshes of Kiawah, SC


My personal research focuses on the first of these projects. I presented preliminary research on the Broad River project as a poster at the 2011 meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Huntsville, Alabama. In summer of 2011 I continued my involvement with the Broad River project under a grant from the DavidsonResearch Initiative.
During fall of 2011 I completed an independent study with Dr. Dorcas applying Bayesian statistics to analyze reptile species richness patterns along the Broad and Pacolet rivers. This research allowed me to present a talk entitled “Response of riparian reptile communities to anthropogenic habitat alteration” at the 2012 meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Athens, Georgia. In spring of 2012 I submitted the manuscript “Responses of riparian reptile communities to damming and urbanization,” to the journal Biological Conservation as first author. The journal recently accepted the article, which will be published later this year.


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