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Student Grants

Congratulations to this year's MWPARC Travel Grant: Fueling Student Field Experiences winners!

Graduate students:

  • Kerri Beers, St. Cloud State University. "Aquatic vs. terrestrial: surveying anurans for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in Minnesota."

  • Alyssa Roberts, St. Cloud State University. "Comparing traditional and environmental DNA methods to detect the Four-toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum) in Minnesota."

  • Luke Tonsfeldt, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. "Northward expansion of ecologically damaging amphibians and reptiles."

Undergraduate students:

  • Grace Allen, Missouri Western State University. "Spatial ecology of Blanding's Turtle, Emydoidea blandingii, on Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, northwest Missouri."

  • Kayla Coggins, Louisiana State University. "Northern extreme of snake fungal disease."

  • Kevin Green, Eastern New Mexico University. "Examening the current distribution of the invasive Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis) along the Ohio River."

How do these grants help students?

You can read reports from grant awardees from previous years below! 


2023 Travel Grant Recipients

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2023 Recipient: Benjamin Genter

Click here to read about Benjamin's work with Kirtland's Snakes (Clonophis kirtlandii) in central and northern Indiana.

Image description: A Kirtland's Snake (provided by Benjamin)

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2023 Recipient: Caley Johnson

Click here to read about Caley's work with spotted turtles in Northern Michigan.

Image description: A Spotted Turtle (provided by Caley)

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2023 Recipient: Shania Burkhead

Click here to read about Shania's work with salamanders and habitat drying events.

Image description: An ambystomatid salamander from their mesocosms (provided by Caley)

2022 Travel Grant Recipients

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2022 Recipient: Joey Cannizzaro

Click here to read about Joey's work with Blanding's Turtles.

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2022 Recipient: Danielle Galvin

Click here to read about Danielle's work with ranavirus.

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2022 Recipient: Samantha Skerlec

Click here to read about Samantha's work with wetland drying and amphibians.

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2022 Recipient: Stephanie Bristow

Click here to read about Stephanie's work with phenotypic plasticity in amphibians.

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2021 Recipient: Katherine Brandewie 

Click here to read about Katie's work with turtle communities in a large urban wetland complex in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 


Note: Details regarding field sites have been removed to protect those populations of amphibians and reptiles. 

2022 Travel Grnt
2023 Repots
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