Chris Beachy, Professor and Head, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University, BA College of Wooster, 1986, MS Western Carolina University, 1988, PhD University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 1992

After 20 wonderful years in the northern Great Plains, Beachy decided to trade one extreme climate for another and returned to south Louisiana. Beachy enjoys hanging with his family, doing larval amphibian biology and watching and playing soccer.

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at Southeastern

at ReseachGate

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Emily Bierbaum, BS, Iowa State University, 2017

Emily grew up in West Des Moines and attended Iowa State University. She graduated with her BS in Biology and Animal Ecology in May. She’s interested in developing models for amphibian conservation and ecology.  And she plays and likes soccer... Valverde and Beachy like that!

Taston Brookshire, BS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2016, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2018

Taston studied the impacts of several species of leaf litter on growth, survival and development of tadpoles of the Gulf Coast Toad, Incillius nebulizer. He continues to enjoy biostatistics, math and modeling. Taston is in his second year at Southeastern. And he also continues to dig hanging with his wife and two kids.

Taz also has mad skills in graffiti art!


Juan Manuel Pacheco Molina, BS, University of El Salvador, 2009

Juan grew up in Libertad and is in his first year at Southeastern. He has extensive background in microbiology, chemistry and pharmacy (he is a licensed pharmacist in El Salvador). Juan also speaks four languages. His interests so far are in stress and development and in using amphibian models to ask endocrinological questions.





James Erdmann, BS, University of Wyoming, 2015, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2017. 

James is an outstanding naturalist and enjoys all biology. In his thesis, he showed how toe vibrations by the Gulf Coast Toad, Incillius nebulifer, are used to affect prey behavior and increase predator efficiency. Watch his July 2017 thesis defense on youtube.

After graduation, he spent a few months helping Kyle Piller's lab. But James is now very busy doing conservation biology on Wyoming amphibians for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, with special work on the wonderful Wyoming Toad, Anaxyrus wyomingensis.


Melanie Partin, BS, Arkansas State University, 2009, MS, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2017.

Melanie has experience in combining field biology with endocrinology. In her thesis, she explored local variables that influence stress during calling Cope's Grey Treefrog, Dryophytes chrysocelis. After traveling, she plans to continue this work in conservation efforts. 

Melanie has gone bigger than any of us: she has shifted from these small adorable frogs and is now chasing King Cobras as part of the Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education team in Thailand! If you someone with a sense of adventure as part of your team, Mel is the one!