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 editing Copeia.

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at Southeastern

at ReseachGate

at GoogleScholar

 

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

Taston is working on impacts of non-native plant species on larval development and growth rates of frogs in south Louisiana. He enjoys biostatistics and math. Taston is in his second year at Southeastern. He also digs hanging with his wife and two kids.

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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.

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                   GRADUATES FROM THE AMPHIBIAN GROWTH PROJECT

James and Melanie are done! They both graduated in July. Both had successful thesis defenses and both gave very nice talks about their work at the 2017 JMIH in Austin, TX. Melanie is spending the rest of the year traveling in southeast Asia and James will be helping Kyle Piller's lab until December.

James and Melanie are done! They both graduated in July. Both had successful thesis defenses and both gave very nice talks about their work at the 2017 JMIH in Austin, TX. Melanie is spending the rest of the year traveling in southeast Asia and James will be helping Kyle Piller's lab until December.

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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.

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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.