Research in Progress: Elise Edwards
Elise Edwards is from the small town of Granville in upstate New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Ithaca College where she researched the microhabitat distribution of Plethodon cinereus (the red backed salamander) and anuran-vegetation associations in a newly constructed mitigation wetland. Currently, Elise is an MS candidate working with Dr. Jayme Waldron on the effects of liming on stream salamander occupancy and abundance.
Elise's work as an undergraduate led to an interest in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), which led her to Marshall University's Herpetology lab. She first became interested in working with stream salamanders while doing work in 2012 with the United States Geological Survey, where she received first-hand experience with Gyrinophilus porphyriticus (the spring salamander) and many other species of stream salamanders. Her current work encompasses several different projects, including how liming affects the occupancy and abundance G. porphyriticus and other stream salamander species. Liming is a management strategy that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is using to raise the pH of acidic streams and remediate the effects of acid rain and acid mine drainage. However, direct application liming, where limestone sand is deposited directly into the stream, causes a major disturbance to the stream ecosystem. By examining how G. porphyriticus is being affected by direct liming application Elise hopes to gain a better understanding how liming is affecting other stream-associated species as well, by using the spring salamander as an ecosystem indicator. Lastly, Elise is looking at the best method of detection for stream-associated amphibians. By looking at detection probabilities of three separate methods, she hopes to streamline larger stream salamander survey efforts by determining what method will help best detect stream salamander species.
After completing her degree, Elise's ultimate goal is to get a job with the Fish and Wildlife Service or the United States Geological Survey, doing herpetological research.
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Spring Educator Expo
Interested in becoming a teacher? MU's Career Services' annual Spring Educator Expo is Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the Memorial Student Center, room BE-5. This event will feature local and regional school systems, as well as non-teaching educational organizations. The Expo offers you the opportunity to talk with these recruiters, and possibly even interview on that day. For more information, call MU Career Services at (304) 696-2370 or email them.
Summer Internships Available in Vertebrate Paleontology
Several summer internships are available for field studies in vertebrate paleontology at the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Royal, Nebraska. With preference to geology or biology students, the positions are open to all students with a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, vertebrate paleontology, especially those aspiring to further their experience outside of the classroom. Duties include excavation, sorting of microfossils, prep lab tasks, interpretive duties, and other park support tasks. The work week is 36-38 hours, at $10.50 per hour. Email Rick Otto or Sandy Mosel for details and application form. Find out more about the Ashfall site here. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled, but no later than April 1.
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