Each week I select a “Herper” of the Week. These individuals come from all sorts of backgrounds but they all have one common interest – “herps” (reptiles and amphibians). Hopefully, you will learn about them and their important work.
This week’s Herper of the Week is Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, leader of RZ Lab, and is the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.
The questions her lab tries to answer are how climate and host/pathogen evolution shape the dynamics of wildlife diseases, the effects of changes in climate and landscape on species distributions and diversity, how and when reproductive isolation evolves during speciation, and the natural history and conservation of endangered amphibians.