The lab focuses on the genetics and ecology of amphibians and reptiles, most often in the Great Lakes region. Students are working on a range of projects that combine field surveys with the laboratory analysis of genetic variation to better understand the distribution and viability of populations. We partner with government and community organizations to help recover and sustain wildlife.
Associate Professor of Biology
Associate Chair of Biology
Department of Biology
Purdue University Fort Wayne
We work to characterize genetic variation in wildlife populations and understand its underlying causes. Current projects focus on Blanding's Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Kirtland's Snake, and Unisexual Ambystoma
We develop and apply assays that allow detection of imperiled species from water and soil samples.
We work with the Little River Wetlands Project to research wetland vertebrates. This provides science- based information to guide wildlife stewardship and engages the public on natural resources.
The Molecular Ecology Lab is associated with the Environmental Resources Center, promoting the understanding and conservation of the natural resources of northeast Indiana.