Rebecca’s faculty advisor is SFWS Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Robert Gitzen. Her master’s work focuses on locating green salamanders (Aneides aeneus) in northern Alabama by building an occupancy model and tracking their movements; a type of research method that has never been done before for the species.
Rebecca plans to use the grant funding to purchase field equipment for the project. She will spend the summer in northern Alabama surveying and collecting environmental data that will enable scientists to predict where this species of high conservation concern may be found. States John, “Most exciting to me is that this grant will allow me the opportunity to validate my model across multiple locations, which will make my research inferences stronger.”
John was also the recipient of the Student Travel Award from the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. She will be attending the JMIH (Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists) national conference in New Orleans from July 6-11 to present some of her master’s work. Her presentation is titled: Occupancy and Detection of Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus) on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.