About the Awards
Students are invited and strongly encouraged for oral and poster presentations at the annual meetings of the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Presentations are invited on all topics related to reptile and amphibian conservation.
Monatary Awards are given for the following categories:
- Best oral presentation
- Best graduate poster presentation
- Best undergraduate poster presentation
Nicole Fusco, Fordam University―2019 Best Student Oral Presentation entitled “Exploring Genetic Connectivity of Stream Salamander populations within Stream Systems in the New York Metropolitan Area”
David Munoz, Penn State University―2019 Best Graduate Student Poster entitled “Range-wide Impacts of Variation in Metabolic Rate and Thermal Plasticity under Current and Future Climates for the Salamander, Plethodon cinereus”
Shakira Jinez, Canisius College―2019 Best Undergraduate Student Poster entitled “Photo Identification of the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) Using i3S Spot”
Ariel Kruger, Rutgers University―2018 Best Student Oral Presentation entitled “Monitoring with Microbes: Predicting Amphibian Disease Susceptibility Using Lab-Based Microbial Challenge Assays”
Lauren Ash, University of Vermont―2018 Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation entitled “Ranaviruses in amphibian communities of Vermont”
Elizabeth Signore, College of the Atlantic―2018 Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation entitled “Employing an External Backpack Radio Transmitter to Track Post-Breeding Movements of Yellow-Spotted Salamanders”
Jakub Zegar, Drexel University―2018 Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation entitled “Predicting the Range of Anuran Body Temperatures in the Field Using Agar Models and Mechanistic Niche Modelling”
David Munoz, Penn State University―2017 Best Student Oral Presentation entitled “Responses of Individual Growth Rates to Warm Weather Conditions in Five Populations of the Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus“.
Brandon LaBumbard, University of Massachusetts Boston―2017 Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation entitled “Inhibition of Pathogenic Fungi Using Volatile Organic Compounds Produced by Bacteria”.
August Blackman, Oberlin College―2017 Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation entitled “Novel Salamander Guild Differentially Affects Small- and Large-Bodied Species through Niche Partitioning”.
Kristine Hoffman, University of Maine―2016 Best Student Oral Presentation entitled “Pitfalls of Analyzing Pitfall Data on Amphibian
Jamie Shinskie, Bloomsburg University―2016 Best Student Poster Presentation entitled “Historic and Recent Canopy Cover and Stream Habitat Variables Affecting Eastern Hellbender Persistence with the Susquehanna Rive Drainage of Pennsylvania”.