I am also involved with core work associated with the Illinois Tollway which is directed at measures to decrease the impact of road construction on threatened and endangered wildlife species. This work includes general surveys, compiling mitigation, minimization, and avoidance measures, and assessing these measures pre, during, and post construction. This work focuses in the heavily urbanized region of northeastern Illinois and includes surveys and monitoring of freshwater mussels, fish, amphibians, and reptiles (soon to include birds and mammals). In addition, I do survey work and studies for various forest preserve districts, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and other land management and local government entities.
I currently sit on three Illinois Species Recovery Teams: Eastern Massasauga, Blanding’s Turtle, and Alligator Snapping Turtle and work closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and United States Army Corps of Engineers on an array of topics.
My research focuses primarily on the ecology, conservation, and life history of amphibians and reptiles, predominantly turtles and pit-vipers. My research spans a multidisciplinary approach to understanding these foci ranging from population ecology, demographics, spatial ecology, behavior, thermal biology, physiology, population genetics, and wildlife disease. For my larger long-term projects, I integrate this multidisciplinary approach to achieve conservation goals oriented at recovery and maintaining viable populations of imperiled species.
My current projects are:
My past major projects have included: