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Herper of the Week: Dr. Rob Denton

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 is Dr. Rob Denton, soon to be Assistant Professor at the University of  Minnesota – Morris starting next term. Dr. Denton earned his Ph.D in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from THE Ohio State University in 2017. The last year he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Dr. Denton research focuses on amphibians especially the unisex salamanders of the family Ambystomatidae. These all female salamander populations are found in the Eastern United States. They reproduce by stealing sperm from other male species of salamanders. Rob is also working on completing the genome of the African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus). 

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Herper of the Week: Dr. Kate Mansfield

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 is Dr. Kate Mansfield,  associate professor at the University of Central Florida and lab director of the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group. Obviously, her research focuses on sea turtle including their biology, ecology, and conservation. Her recent project was testing solar powered satellite tags on young turtles to track their early dispersal and habitat use.

The UCF Marine Turtle Research Group has done research at the sea turtle nesting sites at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) for over 30 years. The ACNWR is home to over 25% of all nesting sites for green turtles and loggerhead turtles in North America. The group maintains a database about the sea turtles that helps federal, state, and international organizations manage their populations of the turtles.

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Herper of the Week: Hiral Naik

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 if Hiral Naik, a conservationist from South Africa.

Hiral Naik earned her Master’s of Science degree in Ecology, Environment and Conservation from the University of Witwatersrand. Her research was on the evolutionary pattern of the diets of snakes in the family Lamprophiidae.

She is currently a blogger for Conservation Careers, where she interviews conservationists and writes articles about them. She is a Project Coordinator with Wildserv, where she is working to get groups to help remove invasive species and plant native trees instead. Lastly, she is a communications coordinator with Save the Snakes.

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Herper of the Week: Jeremy Cohen Ph.D

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 is Jeremy Cohen Ph.D, a post doctoral researcher at Rohr Ecology Lab at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on how climate and climate change affect diseases, especially Chytrid Fungus, a disease that is wiping out amphibian species around the world.

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Herper of the Week: Annette Evans

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 is Annette Evans, Ph.D candidate at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the evolutionary responses of the Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) to climate change.

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Herper of the Week: Dr. Richard Shine

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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 is Dr. Richard Shine, Professor of Biology at the University of Sydney, president of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), and Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council.

Dr Shine’s research focuses on the evolution and ecology of reptiles and lizards but his research has shifted more towards conservation especially control of invasive species such as the Cane Toad. To learn more about his research, visit his lab’s website.

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Herper of the Week: Mary Kate O’Donnell

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Each week a “Herper” of the Week is chosen. 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.

The Herper of the Week is Mary Kate O’Donnell, Ph.D candidate at Deban Lab at the University of South Florida. Her Ph.D is focusing on variations in climbing in salamanders in the family Plethodontidae – the Lungless Salamanders.

You can visit her website – https://marykateodonnell.wordpress.com to learn more.

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Herper of the Week: Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki

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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.

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Herper of the Week: Jay Manchand

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The goal of Herper of the Week is to highlight people from all walks of life who work with reptiles and amphibians and show their work to others. This week’s Herper of the Week is Jay Manchand. Jay is one of the best amphibian artists around. His website is HerpARTology.com

Here is some of his work

 

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Herper of the Week: David C. Blackburn

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The goal of Herper of the Week is to highlight people from all walks of life who work with reptiles and amphibians and show their work to others. This week’s Herper of the Week is Dr. David C. Blackburn, curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the head of the Blackburn Lab.

The Blackburn Lab focuses on the diversity, evolution, and natural history of reptiles and amphibians (herps). Most of the work focuses on African species of herps. Former Herper of the Week – Marcel Talla Kouete is a member of the lab. Another project that the lab leads is oVert or openVertebrate, a program that provides free, 3D digital anatomy models to anyone. It is a very cool project.