Jackie Guzy

Project Manager
Dept. of Biology
Davidson College
Davidson NC 28035

Phone: (704) 894-2768


Research Interests


Much of my current research focuses on conservation of reptiles and amphibians in urban or disturbed areas. I have conducted studies on a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians in many ecosystems, including:

Wetlands affected by groundwater withdrawal

Isolated, ephemeral wetlands

Reclaimed uplands and wetlands (created after phosphate mining)

Riverine systems and associated riparian zones

Modified aquatic environments including farm ponds, urban retention ponds, and golf course ponds




I began working as project manager for the Davidson College Herpetology Lab in February 2011. I obtained my Masters of Science degree in Conservation Biology from the University of South Florida.  My thesis research involved sampling amphibian species in small, ephemeral wetlands to identify wetland and landscape characteristics leading to greatest species diversity.  Recommendations were made for optimal wetland preservation/creation/reclamation following disturbance, in particular after phosphate mining.  I also conducted research on amphibian populations among wetlands affected by varying degrees of groundwater withdrawal.


Before working for Davidson, I worked as an environmental consultant in Florida examining success of relocation of listed/threatened species after restoration of phosphate-mined lands.   I designed relatively long-term studies investigating the feasibility of translocation of the gopher frog (Rana capito aesopus) and sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi).  Following translocation, monitoring was performed to evaluate species survival and recruitment.


At Davidson College I work closely with student researchers focused on amphibian and reptile ecology in urban environments.  Recent projects include an examination of the utility of golf course ponds as semi-aquatic turtle habitat in urban environments and a study on the influence of damming on reptile and amphibian occupancy, abundance, and species richness in riparian wetlands of the Broad River in South Carolina.