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students conduct original field work
Students conduct original field studies and often publish their findings.

Herpetology students assume lead roles in designing research projects and conducting field work, as well as analyzing data and writing for publication. Our students have served as first or second authors on more than 50 research publications in the last five years alone, on topics such as reptile and amphibian behaviors, physiologies, habitats, responses to environmental effects, and research methods, among many others.

Our students' research findings appear in such publications as Herpetological Review, Journal of North American Herpetology, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Urban Wildlife Conservation, and Freshwater Science, among many others. For a complete list of past publications (more than 100 since 1998), contact Laboratory Manager Meagan Thomas at

Students also regularly present results of their studies at regional, national and international meetings.