I arrived at Penn State to work on my M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in David Miller’s Applied Population Ecology Lab in August of 2013. My main duties were to help establish the Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaboration Network (SPARCnet) along with Evan Grant with the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative. This involved developing the network’s structure, creating protocols, recruiting participants, creating training materials, and coordinating annual meetings. In 2013 we started with two collaborators, and now we are above 40 network participants in twelve states. I continue to serve as SPARCnet Network Coordinator and am a member of the steering committee.
Other responsibilities during my master’s were to aid research endeavors, including permitting, writing proposals for IACUC, planning field logistics, and working with Dave and lab-mate Courtney Davis on methods/techniques for lab projects. My final responsibility was to TA Wildlife and Fisheries Science 447: Wildlife Management.
In 2015 I was awarded a Penn State University Graduate Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and I began my Ph.D. in the Ecology Program immediately upon finishing my master’s. I continue to work with Dave and SPARCnet for my dissertation (see research).