Ori Regn successfully presented and defended their PhD Proposal. Their presentation was titled "The ecotoxicological, economic, and environmental implications of switching from fluorescent to light emitting diode lighting for zooplankton culturing and whole effluent toxicity testing." Photo soon to be added!!
Both Katy Willis and Alex Gibson made it through the first phase of competition and were named Fulbright Semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!!
They have been selected by Fulbright’s U.S. screening committee to move forward in the competition, which continues throughout this semester.
Alex Gibson is being considered for an English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Spain.
Katy Willis is being considered for a Fulbright Future Scholarship (PhD grant) to conduct research and study in Australia.
Under the transcendent organizational capabilities of Jen Terry, members of the Neuman-Lee Lab manned an activity table at the recent Franken-STEM event held by the ASU Museum.
Multitudes of children and adults were captivated by lab members explaining How to be a Turtle Scientist and How to Appreciate Snakety-Snakes.
The event and outreach activities were a resounding SUCCESS!!
Lori Neuman-Lee, Jen Terry, Natalie Haydt, and Emily Field went to Spokane, Washington to attend the 2022 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) Meeting.
Jen presented her research on physiological tradeoffs in red-eared sliders.
Natalie presented her research on predicting the occurrence of Ophidiomyces ophidiicola using bacterial soil communities.
Emily presented her research on physiological tradeoffs in watersnakes.
We had a fantastic time!
Lori Neuman-Lee is a co-organizer of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium at the Joint Meetings of Herpetology and Ichthyology. If you are interested in resources from her talk on Balancing Family and Research as a child-bearing primary caretaker, check out the pdf of the talk and resources.
To see a summary of the entire symposium, check out Dr. Neuman-Lee's live tweeting!
Our collaborative work with Drs. Jeremy Chamberlain and Daniel McDermott from Southern Arkansas University was featured on the front page of the Jonesboro Sun on June 22, 2022.
This article was then featured on the Sigma Xi Smart Brief Newsletter!
Grant Dawson has been working hard to move this research forward!
At the College of Science and Math Convocation Ceremony, the following lab members were honored:
Alex Gibson was awarded the highest COSM award--the Chancellor's Award!
Grant Dawson was awarded Best Pre-Professional Graduating Student.
Carolina Cequera Hernadez was awarded the Best Biotechnology Graduating Student.
Isabella Davis, Grant Dawson, Alex Gibson, Alyssa Hartzheim, Natalie Haydt, and Katy Willis presented their research at Create@State!
Natalie Haydt won the Dean's Award for Best Graduate Student Poster.
Dr. Neuman-Lee, Jen Terry, Dr. Virginie Rolland, and collaborators (Dr. Sinlan Poo and Courtney Janney) at the Memphis Zoo received a Memphis Zoo C.A.N. grant for their proposal, "Health and Demographics of Freshwater Turtles within the Memphis Zoo." Stay tuned for updates.
Observations of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminikii) from the 2019 field season will be featured in an article in an upcoming special issue of Southeastern Naturalist. Jen Terry will be listed as a co-author on this project headed up by Dr. David Steen.
Isabella Davis joined the lab as an ABI Undergraduate Research scholar!
Katy Willis received the Bertie Kay's Honors Scholarship and the Arkansas State University Student Research Grant. She has also accepted the position of Student Research Ambassador!
Grant Dawson has been working hard on his Honors Thesis in the lab, using flow cytometry to examine leukocyte populations in snakes.
Jen Terry successfully defended her Master's Thesis and is now a PhD student in the lab!
Tristan Bulice accepted a new job as the Conservation Program Technician for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area!
Multiple lab members attended the 2021 SUPERB Scholarship Retreated!
Congratulations to the following students for their awards this semester:
Bailee Carter: Gilman International Scholarship
Lindsey Martin-Krikorian: A-State Student Research & Creativity Grant
Jen Terry: Arkansas Audubon Society Trust, A-State Student Research & Creativity Grant
We are pleased to announce that Tristan Bulice will be continuing his work in the Neuman-Lee lab as a MS student in the Spring!
The Neuman-Lee Lab grew this semester! Welcome Emily Field (graduate student, SUPERB scholar), Alyssa Hartzheim (graduate student, SUPERB scholar), Meghan Hughes (SUPERB undergraduate student), Bailee Carter (SUPERB undergraduate student), and Olivia Sitzes (SUPERB undergraduate student)!
Congratulations to Tristan Bulice, who was recently hired at Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a Natural Resources Technician!
MS Student Jen Terry received a Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) Grant in Herpetology for Laboratory Research. Congratulations, Jen!
The Neuman-Lee Lab welcomes two ABI interns, Shawn King and Ambrette Veach to the team!
Fieldwork at Bearitage Farms is underway! MS student Jen Terry is leading a crew throughout the summer in which they are capturing turtles (and snakes) for Jen's project. Christian Vickery, Taylor Fiedor, and Ambrette Veach make up Jen's core team, but other members of the lab and guests join their efforts.
The lab hosted the Jonesboro Girls in STEM group! The students made blood smear slides and identified cells through the microscope, measured turtles, and had the opportunity to ultrasound a female Eastern river cooter to look for eggs! Both lab members and our guests had a blast.
Grant, Jen , and Lindsey attended the Society for Preserving Natural History Collections Meeting in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Neuman-Lee, Jen, and Lindsey attended the 2019 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists in Snowbird, UT. Jen and Lindsey presented posters on their work and all three played active roles as members of the Herpetologists' League.
Grant Dawson won Best Undergraduate Poster for the College of Science and Mathematics at Create @ AState for his poster, "Helping the Herps: Restoring the Past for Arkansas State's Future." Congratulations, Grant!
The Neuman-Lee Lab is monitoring Illinois Chorus Frog populations in NE Arkansas for the state. Not only were we able to hear calls throughout the area, but we were able to catch quite a few as well!
Jen Terry defended her MS proposal!
The Neuman-Lee Lab participated in the 3rd annual ACBC Bioblitz at Bearitage Farms. Members of the lab set out hoop traps for turtle trapping, educated attendees, led nature hikes, and assisted with set up and break down of the event!
Lab member Jen Terry recently had her first publication published! Jen was a part of this project as an undergraduate at Bucknell University in the Takahashi Lab.
Postoviposition paternal care in a giant salamander: nest cleaning by a den master
The lab celebrated the new semester with a lab retreat at Bearitage Farms. The crew (lab members and friends) had a great time herping and getting to know each other over a campfire!