-Turtle Team is in the news:
-Nematomorph story: http://www.flsouthern.edu/news/science/pursuing-the-gordian-worm-fsc%E2%80%99s-dr-gabriel-langfor.aspx
-Swamp professor: link
-Circle B Bar Project in the news: http://www.theledger.com/article/20121124/news/121129669
My research interests are broad, ranging from the population ecology of aquatic herpetofauna to the life cycles and life histories of helminths. One of the unifying themes in my research is the question: What is happening in nature? This question is tough to answer, however my lab uses a combination of controlled laboratory experiments, field observation and collection, and outdoor mesocosm experiments to attempt to answer this important question about herpetofauna and their parasites. I have found parasites to be interesting study subjects that provide the opportunity to study phenomena (e.g. complex life cycles) not present in most free-living organisms. I encourage my students to work with the parasites of amphibians and squamate reptiles. These hosts often maintain a diverse parasite community and are readily studied in the field or laboratory. In addition, their unique life histories (especially the biphasic life cycle of amphibians) makes them ideal model systems for the study of life cycle variation in parasites. To view some of the current projects in the lab, visit the Students page.