Positions

Overview

  • My graduate and postdoctoral research focused on the impacts of variations in aquatic and terrestrial habitat quality on pond-breeding amphibians (mostly spotted salamanders and American toads), and was always conceived in a conservation context. I have used a wide range of experimental approaches---from molecular analyses and small-scale behavioral studies to large, landscape-scale field experiments---to study the ecological implications of habitat alteration for amphibians. Past research topics include: the effects of landscape composition on the genetic population structure of salamanders; the importance of aquatic vegetation structure in mediating biotic interactions of pond-breeding amphibians; differential growth, locomotor performance, and survival of larval and juvenile amphibians from shaded and open-canopy ponds; and the importance of wetland hydroperiod and upland forest buffers for vernal pool-breeding amphibians. By observing how populations and communities respond along environmental gradients (e.g., hydroperiod, canopy cover), and in the presence of multiple stressors (e.g., predation pressure, pesticide exposure), we can: (1) deepen our understanding of how systems function and (2) make predictions about how communities will respond to future environmental alterations caused by global climate change and changes in land use.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2012 Elucidating Predator-Prey Interactions Using Aquatic Microcosms: Complex Effects of a Crayfish Predator, Vegetation, and Atrazine on Tadpole Survival and BehaviorJournal of Herpetology.  46:527-534. 2012
    2011 The effects of clearcuts and forest buffer size on post-breeding emigration of adult wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus)Forest Ecology and Management.  261:2115-2122. 2011
    2009 Landcover predicts isolation in Ambystoma salamanders across region and speciesBiological Conservation.  142:2493-2500. 2009
    2009 AMPHIBIAN COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO VARIATION IN HABITAT STRUCTURE AND COMPETITOR DENSITYHerpetologica.  65:14-30. 2009
    2009 Population structure of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in a fragmented landscape.Molecular Ecology.  18:235-247. 2009

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2005 Effects of habitat structure and competition on larval amphibian developmentIntegrative and Comparative Biology American Zoologist. 1180-1180. 2005
    2004 Regional population dynamics of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) in a fragmented landscapeIntegrative and Comparative Biology American Zoologist. 626-626. 2004

    Teaching Activities

  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2019
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2019
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2019
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2019
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2019
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2019
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2019
  • Does Extinction Matter Taught course 2019
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2019
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2018
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2018
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2018
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2018
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2018
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2018
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2018
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2018
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2018
  • Does Extinction Matter Taught course 2018
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2018
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2017
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2017
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2017
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2017
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2017
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2017
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2017
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2017
  • Does Extinction Matter Taught course 2017
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2017
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2016
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2016
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2016
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2016
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2016
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2016
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2016
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2016
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2016
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2015
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2015
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2015
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2015
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2015
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2015
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2015
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2015
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2015
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2015
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2014
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2014
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2014
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2014
  • Scientific Resrch Exploration Taught course 2014
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2014
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2014
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2014
  • International Perspectives Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Wildlife Ecology; Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin
  • Certificate Postsecondary Education, University of Akron
  • M.S. Biology, University of Akron
  • Ph.D. Zoology, Miami University - Ohio
  • Full Name

  • Jennifer Purrenhage