Affiliated Laboratories and Organizations

SUNY Binghamton – Dept of Biological Sciences

Skelly Lab

Langkilde Lab

The Lizard Log

Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience for Undergraduates

Society for Conservation Biology – Africa Section Communications/E-Mentoring Program

Las Cruces Biological Station


Blog Posts and Selected Media

Traffic noise stresses out frogs, but some have adapted (ScienceDaily)

City frogs are the sexiest frogs (The Atlantic)

Case Study: Effects of Suburbanization on Biodiversity (Wildlife Acoustics, Product Case Studies)

Amphibians that change color (Inside Ecology)

Super-honest dewlaps and trait scaling relationships in semi-aquatic anoles (Anole Annals)

Understanding amphibian responses to noisy suburban habitats (Wildlife Acoustics, Progress Reports)

A new blood sampling method for smaller anurans that preserves critical features of specimens (Lizard Log)

Male lizards less attracted to “bearded ladies” (National Geographic)

Colourful lizards reveal the pro’s and con’s of being a hideous “bearded lady” (Scientific American)

Wood frogs are gathering at vernal pools to breed (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Are male wood frogs good midwives? (Lizard Log)

Advice from a lizard: if you’re smaller, act bigger (Lizard Log)

A frog of a different color: Sexually dimorphic color in wood frogs (by my undergraduate mentee) (Lizard Log)

What am I standing on? (Lizard Log)

Sexual Selection’s Mystique Lingers (by Arthur Allen), featuring our “bearded ladies”

Biology students conduct research in Costa Rica (University of Guam), an article about my undergraduate mentee

On a Frog Hunt (by B. Assis)



My students, Maria Petelo (left) and Jane Boyer (right), presented their research at the 2015 SACNAS conference in Washington, DC.

Jane won Best Undergraduate Student Presentation in Ecology/Evolution. Congratulations, Jane!

Congrats to Maria for winning third place in Best Undergraduate Poster at the 2015 AISES national conference!


Other Scientific Contributions

L Swierk. 2013. Highveld Grasslands. In: Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia (RW Howarth, Ed.). Ipswich: Salem Press.

The presence of an avian co-forager reduces vigilance in a cooperative mammal (Research assistant)

Dynamic database for an inventory of the macrocaterpillar fauna, and its food plants and parasitoids, of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), northwestern Costa Rica (nn-SRNP-nnnnn voucher codes) (Research assistant and collector)

Physiological and biogeochemical responses of super-corals to thermal stress from the Northern Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea (Research assistant)