Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • My research interests center on the impacts of aquatic and terrestrial habitat quality (at local and landscape scales) on pond-breeding amphibians and freshwater turtles--two of the most endangered vertebrate taxa worldwide. I have used a wide range of methods---from molecular analyses and small-scale behavioral studies to large, landscape-scale field experiments---to study the ecological implications of habitat alteration for herpetofauna.

    Current projects stem from long-term monitoring of salamanders and freshwater turtles in southern New Hampshire, as well as networked research through the NSF-funded Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN).

    Past research includes: 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 amphibians through multiple life stages; and the importance of wetland hydroperiod and upland forest buffers for the health of vernal pool-breeding amphibian communities. By observing how populations and communities respond along environmental gradients (e.g., hydroperiod, canopy cover, urbanization), and in the presence of multiple stressors (e.g., predation pressure, pesticide exposure), we can: (1) deepen our understanding of how systems function; (2) make predictions about how communities will respond to future environmental alterations caused by global climate change and changes in land use; and (3) inform ongoing conservation efforts.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2020 Human Dimensions: Communication and Engagement, Where Ecology and Human Dimensions MeetThe Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.  101. 2020
    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 Paper

    Year Title
    2019 Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) breeding population structure and dynamics across 20 years at a northeastern Ohio pondIntegrative and Comparative Biology American Zoologist. E230-E230. 2019
    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 2022
  • Presenting Science to Public Taught course 2022
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2022
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2022
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2022
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2022
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2021
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2021
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2021
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2021
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2021
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2021
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2021
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2021
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2021
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2020
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2020
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2020
  • Inventory &Montoring Ecol Comm Taught course 2020
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2020
  • Contemporary Conservatn Issues Taught course 2020
  • Honors/Contemp Conservatn Iss Taught course 2020
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2020
  • Principles Conservatn Biology Taught course 2020
  • Soph Seminar: Wildlife Bio Taught course 2020
  • 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