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2019

Savannah Morning News - Natural Georgia article on DoD Snake Research

Jenna successfully defends her honors thesis on diet of invasive Seal Salamanders in AR - congrats Jenna!

Paper Published - Riparian Herp Communities in Managed Forests - Eco Apps! Great paper Jackie!

 

Arkansas Prairie Herp Research featured in UA Newswire and KUAF

Arkansas Turtle Research featured in UA Newswire

and AR Democrat-Gazette

Chelsea awarded P.E.O. Scholar Award. Congrats Chelsea!!

Fieldwork in Arkansas Prairies, Delta Ditches, Louisiana Pinelands, and Georgia Sandhills!

J.D. off to Belize for Coastal Caribbean Biology Study Abroad!

Jackie successfully defends her doctoral dissertation on riparian herp communities. Congrats Jackie!!

 

Bailey successfully defends her Honors Thesis on evaporative water loss in aquatic snakes, Congrats Bailey!!

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Paper -  Salamander Communities in Managed Forests  - Forest Ecology and Management

 

Paper -  Road-based Density Estimation  - Wildlife Research. Cover Photo!

 

Paper - Landscape-scale effects of drought on aquatic snakes - Wetlands.

Paper - Prairie herp communities in NW AR - Wetlands.

Paper - Introduced Seal Salamanders in NW Arkansas - Copeia

DoD Snake Research featured in UA Newswire

J.D. Awarded the Conservation Hero Award by Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC)!

Paper - Indirect effects of pythons on turtle nesting success - Journal of Applied Ecology.

Singapore Snake Research Featured in UArk Research Frontiers.

 

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J.D. Willson
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Office: SCEN 630
email: jwillson@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-2647

Research in our lab at the University of Arkansas focuses on understanding factors that drive population and community dynamics of reptiles and amphibians including inter- and intraspecific interactions, environmental variation, and anthropogenic impacts such as land-use change, pollution, and invasive species. Our work uses a combination of descriptive, experimental, and theoretical approaches to integrate responses from the level of the individual organism to the landscape. We are also interested in basic aspects of reptiles and amphibian ecology that set them apart from other vertebrates.

Current research areas in the Willson Lab include:

1) Evaluating population and landscape-scale effects of anthropogenic stressors (pollution, land-use change, intensive forestry, invasive species) on amphibians and reptiles.

2) Understanding the ecology, impacts, and management of Burmese pythons and other invasive snakes.

3) Assessing biotic and abiotic drivers of aquatic snake population and community dynamics within wetland ecosystems.

4) Development of novel field and analytical methods to understand reptile and amphibian distribution and abundance.

Please contact Dr. Willson if you are interested in research or graduate student opportunities.

Crawfish Frog (Lithobates areolatus)

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