Research in the Price Lab focuses on the conservation and management of aquatic and semi-aquatic animals, especially amphibians and reptiles. We subscribe to the philosophy that effective conservation requires detailed information about animal populations at multiple scales; thus our studies range from landscape analyses examining relationships between anthropogenic stressors and species' occupancy and/or abundance to detailed local-scale studies on survivorship, recruitment, and movement. We conduct research in a variety of environments including urban areas, forested land, reclaimed mined land, agricultural land, and, of course, the wetlands, streams, and rivers found in these environments.
If you're interested in working with our research group, I encourage you to browse our website, especially the Research Topics and Recent Publications to confirm that your research interests are compatible with our research program. In general, I look for students who have 1) the ability to ask novel and interesting questions in conservation biology and/or population ecology, 2) a solid understanding of experimental design as it pertains to wildlife research, 3) a strong desire to learn contemporary statistics (i.e., occupancy models, spatial mark-recapture, etc.) and other techniques used in wildlife monitoring and 4) an ongoing fascination with the natural world and a thorough understanding (or the desire to obtain it) of both natural histories and life histories of organisms. I expect students to publish and present their research to both scientists and the general public. I encourage the participation of both undergraduate students and graduate students in research efforts in our lab (See Personnel).
If you think you meet the criteria listed above, please feel free to contact Dr. Price to discuss the possibility of joining our lab.
214 T.P. Cooper Building (office: 208A)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
- Graduate student Mickey Agha and colleagues have two new papers in press!
- Dr. Steven Price and Dr. Kyle Barrett have a new paper in press for Freshwater Science: Urbanization and stream salamanders: a review, conservation options, and research needs.
- Graduate student Mason Murphy, Dr. Steven Price, and Dr. David Weisrock were selected for funding through the Kentucky Academy of Science's Marcia Athey & Botany Grant for their proposal: "Dispersal congruency and population structure within an imperiled host-parasite system."
- Lab members joined the Kentucky Conservation Committee in Frankfort, KY for Biodiversity Day!
- Brenee Muncy presented a talk for The Wildlife Society focused on her thesis research regarding mountaintop removal mining and salamanders in eastern Kentucky!
- Brenee Muncy, Dr. Steven Price, and Dr. Michael Dorcas recently recieved confirmation that their manuscript on salamander survival and drought will be published in Copeia!
- Mickey Agha and his coauthors have published a paper on climatic variation and tortoise survival. Click here to read more!
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1) Effects of habitat destruction and fragmentation on reptile and amphibian populations.
- We have several, current projects focusing on the effects of urban development, surface mining, renewable energy, flow regulation, and timber harvest.
2) Responses of semi-aquatic reptiles and amphibians to environmental stochasticity.
- We're particularly interested in responses of semi-aquatic animal populations to droughts and floods,
and how behaviors, such are movements, are employed to overcome significant environmental
3) Management and monitoring of reptile and amphibian populations.
- Reptiles and amphibians are notoriously secretive, which makes monitoring them
challenging. We use methods that incorporate detection probability of populations or capture
probability of individuals and we're interested in developing field methodologies to improve detection.
* indicates undergraduate student author; + indicates graduate student author
Lovich, J.E., W. Gibbons, and M. Agha+. In press. Does the timing of attainment of maturity influence sexual size dimorphism and adult sex ratio in turtles? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Barrett, K., and S.J. Price. In press. Urbanization and stream salamanders: a review, conservation options, and research needs. Freshwater Science.
Muncy, B.L.+, S.J. Price and M.E. Dorcas. In press. Capture probability and survivorship of the southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) in drought and non-drought conditions. Copeia.
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