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
- Mickey Agha and his coauthors have published a paper on climatic variation and tortoise survival. Click here to read more!
- Dr. Price recently wrote an article on salamanders in Kentucky for Kentucky Woodlands Magazine. Click here for the article.
- Through the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program at UK, Dr. Price and Rob Paratley recently taught a two week course in tropical ecology and resource management in Costa Rica. See the Facebook page and check out our gallery for some images from the trip.
- Dr. Weisrock (UK Biology) and Dr. Price received funding from Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) to study hellbenders in Kentucky.
- Brenee' Muncy received funding from the Kentucky Society of Natural History to continue her research on the effects of valley fills on stream salamander populations.
- Mickey Agha received funding from the Desert Legacy Fund (California Desert Research Program) to study effects of handling and long-term research on survival of the threatened desert tortoise.
- We are excited to welcome Mickey Agha (M.S. Student, UK Forestry) and Mason Murphy (Ph.D. Student, UK Biology)! Mickey is exploring desert tortoise demography in Southern California. Mason's research will likely focus on freshwater mussel conservation in Kentucky.
- National Geographic recently published an article covering a paper published by Dr. Price and his coauthors in the Journal of Herpetology on the ecology of semi-aquatic turtles in golf course ponds in North Carolina.
- Check out our new Facebook page for more updates on our adventures!
- Brenee' is getting underway with her thesis project on assessing the effects of surface mining on stream-inhabiting amphibian populations!
Keep checking back for more news!
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
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