Dr. Steven J. Price - Principal Investigator
Dr. Price is an assistant professor in the Department of Forestry at University of Kentucky. He received a B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University (2011). Additionally, Dr. Price was employed as research coordinator, visiting faculty, and post-doctoral research fellow in the Biology Department at Davidson College from 2004-2012. Dr. Price's research program focuses on ecology, conservation, and management of amphibian and reptiles. Dr. Price has co-authored one book, Frogs and Toads of North Carolina with Michael Dorcas, Jeffery Beane and Sarah Cross, and several book chapters. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many of which involve students as co-authors.
Andrea Drayer - Research Analyst
Andrea is a Research Analyst for the Department of Forestry. She assists with all aspects of the lab, including field work, web development, and outreach events. Andrea also currently serves as co-chair for the Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC).
Jenn is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. During her undergraduate education, she studied the interactions between western pond turtles and red-eared sliders. After completing a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology she worked as a field technician on projects ranging from urban herpetology to the effects of seaweed subsidies on small islands in the Bahamas. She enjoys early morning farmer's markets, cooking and of course, herping.
Jake is a graduate of Kennesaw State University. Throughout high school and college he interned in the herpetology department at Zoo Atlanta and also spent three years as an amphibian conservation intern at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. As an undergraduate, he worked on various projects involving the plethodontid salamanders of Pigeon Mountain in northwest Georgia. After he graduated, he spent a semester working as a field technician and independent researcher at Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station. Jake's interests include photography, culturing invertebrates, and pretending that he's a good cook.
Christian R. Oldham
Christian's current projects focus on natricine snake ecology in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky (Poster). He graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in biology and a minor in Chinese. As an undergraduate student, Christian conducted research in the Davidson College Herpetology Lab. Additionally, Christian spent a year employed as a research technician at the Davidson College Herp Lab following graduation. During this time, he worked on a variety of research projects and administered the Carolina Herp Atlas. Christian's interests include conservation, herpetology, ecology, and taking advantage of any excuse to get outside.
Michaela has been involved in several Price Lab projects. This year she has been involved in our queen snake and northern water snake project and she recently received funding for a Paducah frog call analysis project.
Jonathan is an Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences student here at UK. He has been involved in our queen snake and northern water snake project and recently received funding for a snake microhabitat study.
Brandon is an Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences student here at UK. He has been involved in our queen snake and northern water snake project.
Sara Beth Freytag - Former Graduate Student
Sara Beth completed her Masters degree in May of 2016. Her master's thesis project was entitled "Effects of Mountaintop Removal Mining on Population Dynamics of Stream Salamanders". For her undergraduate degree, Sara Beth Freytag earned a B.S. in Biology at Centre College, where she researched cannibalistic spadefoot tadpoles for three years under Dr. Brian Storz. Sara Beth is passionate about aquatic ecosystems. She enjoys playing the piano, photography, tap dancing, and cuddling beagles.
Mason Murphy- Former Graduate Student
Mason completed his Masters degree in May of 2016. His master's thesis project was entitled "Assessing the population structure of a fully aquatic salamander: the role of landscape features and spatial scale". He attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree in Biology and was able to have a wide variety of research experiences, including fruit fly evolutionary genomics and Palouse prairie community ecology. He is interested in a broad range of population and community ecology questions, but ultimately wants to focus on using both molecular and field methods to study population connectivity and persistence. In his spare time Mason enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and listening to classical music on his super hipster record player.
Brenee' Muncy - Former Graduate Student
Brenee' completed her M.S. Forestry degree in May of 2014. Her master's thesis project focused on assessing the effects of surface mining on stream-inhabiting amphibian populations in eastern Kentucky (Poster). She graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in biology with a concentration in ecology (2012). During her undergraduate studies, Brenee' conducted research in the stream ecology lab and animal behavior lab at the University of Louisville. Brenee's academic interests include conservation, herpetology, restoration ecology, stream ecology, and invasive species. She also enjoys paddling, camping, horseback riding, and hanging around a fire.
Mickey Agha - Former Graduate Student
Mickey completed his M.S. Forestry degree in May of 2015. His master's thesis is titled "A long-term investigation of the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at a wind energy facility in southern California". His master's thesis included three main chapters on desert tortoises: (1) The effect of research activities and winter precipitation on voiding behavior of Agassiz's desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii), (2) Using motion-sensor camera technology to infer seasonal activity and thermal niche of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), and (3) Chapter Four: Turbines and terrestrial vertebrates: Variation in tortoise survivorship between a wind energy facility and a designated wilderness area in the desert southwest (USA). Mickey is currently a PhD student working under Dr. Brian Todd of University of California, Davis. His current research focus is on sensitive species habitat suitability and climate variation.
Wade Boys - Former Summer Intern
Wade is an undergraduate student at Ohio Northern University. He spent the summer of 2014 assisting with ongoing research projects in the lab and conducted original research on the use of passive integrated transponder (PIT) telemetry with queen snakes.
Leo Fleckenstein - Former Undergraduate Student
Leo is currently employed at Kentucky State University. He was an Animal Sciences major at here at UK. While at UK, he worked on a variety of projects in the Price Lab. Leo's primary area of interest is wildlife management and conservation. Leo's interests include hiking, kayaking, building awesome terrariums, and maintaining a disturbingly large cichlid collection.
Merissa Joseph - Former Undergraduate Student
Waydon Yates - Former Undergraduate Student
Waydon Yates was a Natural Resources and Environmental Science major and Entomology minor. Originally from the small rural town of Columbia, Kentucky, he has always been interested in wildlife and the environment. His current focus is urban wildlife management and he is actively involved in field and lab studies of insects, amphibians, and reptiles. His research with the Price Lab investigated hatchling emergence dynamics of North American emydid turtles. With his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking, hunting, and video games.
Mariah Lewis - Former Undergraduate Student
Mariah Lewis studied Natural Resources and Environmental Science, with a focus on conservation biology in both field and lab settings. She is also working towards a minor in Biology. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she has always had an interest in the environment. At a young age, she worked with animals shelters and has been involved with a variety of environmental and sustainability-centered organizations. She hopes to one day travel the world and conduct environmental research in other countries. Mariah envisions a future career working with sea turtles after having studied them in Costa Rica during the summer of 2013. Currently, Mariah is conducting research on the thermal ecology of box turtles in Kentucky as part of an investigation into the influences of hardwood forest management practices on reptiles.
Elizabeth Patten - Former Undergraduate Student
Elizabeth Patten double majored in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and Biology. Her focus is in wildlife management and is interested in animal behavior, conservation and ecology. In the Price Lab, Elizabeth is currently participating in studies on queen snake demography and behavior, and plans to conduct independent research on stream salamander occupancy in and around Lexington. On her free time she enjoys hiking, long boarding and snowboarding.
Ashlie Pool - Former Undergraduate Student
Ashlie Pool majored in Natural Resources and Environmental Science at UK. Ashlie's coursework focused on conservation biology with applied methods in the field and lab. Growing up in the countryside of southern Illinois, Ashlie has always been interested in the outdoors. Her recent expedition to Costa Rica studying tropical biodiversity sparked an interest in reptile and amphibian ecology, which led her to assisting in the Price Lab. In addition to wildlife ecology, Ashlie is also interested in sustainable agriculture and international environmental management and conservation.
Karyn Loughrin - Former Undergraduate Student
Karyn Loughrin majored in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Originally from Columbus, Ohio Karyn has always had an interest in the environment. Her focus is in Economics and Policy and interests include wildlife human conflict, effects of anthropogenic activities on wildlife, GIS and mapping. In addition to helping out in the Price Lab, she is currently conducting research on land use issues around a national forest in Rwanda with Dr. Stainback.
Jeb Ayers - Former Undergraduate Student
Shelby Fulton - Former Undergraduate Student
Shelby Fulton majored in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, with focuses in field and laboratory analysis of ecosystems and wildlife management. Growing up in the chemical valley of West Virginia, Shelby was frequently exposed to the effects of natural resource use on the environment; this led to her current interests in conservation, public education, and wildlife ecology. Currently, Shelby is participating in efforts to better understand the urban ecology of bats as well as assisting in field work with the Price Lab.
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