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Michelle D. Boone - email

Education & Employment

Associate Professor, Miami University (2010-present)

Assistant Professor, Miami University (2004-2010)

Postdoc: US Geological Survey with Ed Little,
Columbia Environmental Research Center (2001-2004)

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with Ray Semlitsch
University of Missouri-Columbia (1995-2000)

B.S. & B.A. in Biology & English (1990-1994)

Downloadable CV (pdf; 245 kb)

Current Grad
                    Students
Former
                    Grads
Undergraduate
                    Researchers
 
 
For Prospective Graduate Students:

I am looking for graduate students who have 1) a passion for science that has implications for conservation using amphibians; 2) enjoy the whole process of science from the hard work of designing and conducting research, analyzing the data, and writing scientific manuscripts; and 3) the desire to take their science to the public through outreach efforts. Scientists who are independent, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and work well in a group are those that do the best in my lab. I evaluate applications of students based on their research experiences, letters of recommendation, research potential (based on letters, experience, GRE & GPA), and research match for my lab. If you're interested in more information, send a copy of your CV and research interests to my email address. Also, feel free to contact former and current students regarding the program and their experience in my lab.



Current Graduate Students:
     


       
 
Courtney Dvorsky
(email)
Ph.D. Student
Courtney is examining the influence of human residential land management in rural, exurban landscapes on regional amphibian biodiversity.

Tyler Hoskins
(email)
Ph.D. Candidate
 Ty is studying the impact of the herbicide atrazine in development of amphibians across environmental gradients.
       
  Jessica McQuigg (email)
Ph.D. Student
Jess is exploring the effect of a disease pathogen (the amphibian chytrid fungus) on hosts in varying environments.

Mason Murphy
(email)
Ph.D. Student
 Mason is exploring life history traits that influence movement and dispersal of amphibians.









Miranda Strasburg (email)
Ph.D. Student
Miranda is evaluating the effects of trematode parasites on amphibian communities.




       
Graduate Alumni:
       
     

Christopher Distel, Ph.D.
(email)

Associate Professor
Shreiner University
2010 Effects of an insecticide on competition in anurans: Could pesticide-induced competitive exclusion be a mechanism for amphibian declines?

Holly Puglis, M.S.
(email)

Ecologist
US Geological Survey
2010 Effects of terrestrial buffer zones on amphibians in managed green spaces








 

Jennifer Purrenhage Ph.D.
(email)

Lecturer
University of NH

2009 Importance of habitat structure for pond-breeding amphibians in multiple life stages

 Samantha Rumschlag (email)

Postdoc
University of South Florida
 2016 The influence of environmental factors on responses on amphibian hosts across life stages to an infectious fungal pathogen
       
  Melissa Youngquist Ph.D.(email)

Postdoc
University of Minnesota
2015 How local and landscape factors affect anuran species distributions in agricultural landscapes    


 
       
Undergraduate Student Researchers:

 

Spring & Summer 2017


Katie Kissner
Miami University
Katie examined the impact of the amphibian chytrid fungus on feeding behavior on juvenile amphibian to examine the negative effects of growth associated with this pathogen. Katie was part of our Howard Hughes Program at Miami.
Faythe Lopez
Central State University
Faye studied the role of vegetative aquatic mats to remove nutrients from aquatic environments to examine the effect on larval amphibians. Faye was part of the NSF REU program at Miami University.
Olivia Wetsch
Miami University
Olivia evaluated the effect of parasites and pathogens in the aquatic and terrestrial environment on amphibian growth and development. 


Spring & Summer 2016
Aura Muniz Torres
University of Puerto Rico
Aura conducted an amphibian call survey to examine which local and landscape level features are associated with presence and abundance of amphibians in the exurban (rural) landscape.  Aura was part of the NSF REU program at Miami University.
Olivia Wetsch
Miami University
Olivia collected cricket frogs from Ohio to Missouri to examine parasite loads in amphibians in agricultural areas. 



Spring & Summer 2015

Maria Dellapina
Miami University
Maria examined the effect of an herbicide on breeding behavior in cricket frogs through the Howard Hughes Summer Scholarship Program at Miami University. More info about Maria's research here.
Braiam Rosado
Universidad del Turabo
Braiam evaluated the effects of estradiol on cricket frog development to examine how this hormone might affect reproductive and morphological development. Braiam was part of the NSF REU program at Miami University.
 

Spring & Summer 2014

Angela Burrow Georgia Gwinnette College Angela studied the effect of the amphibian chytrid fungus on American toads reared that were reared in low- and high-density environments. Angela was part of the NSF REU program at Miami University.
Ashley Gordon
Miami University
Ashley work with graduate student, Melissa Youngquist, to examine genetic diversity in populations of bullfrogs in Ohio.
Summer 2013
Ashley Gordon
Miami University
Ashley's work examined the effects of predators and pond drying on Blanchard's cricket frog, a species of concern in parts of its range. She was part of the Howard Hughes Program at Miami.
Summer 2012
Jeremy Caseltine Miami University Jeremy examined the effects of the amphibian chytrid fungus on American toad tadpoles that were exposed to predators in larval environments to determine if larval stress influences susceptibility to a pathogen.
Kevin Downard Miami University Kevin was an Undergraduate Summer Scholar exploring the interactions between cricket frog tadpoles and their common larval competitors.
Lashay Robbins Northwestern State University Lashay was part of the NSF REU program at Miami and examined the variation within populations to different pesticides to determine if resistance to pesticide is associated with resistance to other chemical classes.
Rayona Wise
Miami University

Rayona was an Undergraduate Summer Scholar exploring the effects of the amphibian chytrid fungus that were exposed or not to a common insecticide to determine if the impact on American toad growth and survival is affected.
Summer 2011
Kristina Gaietto Miami University Kristina examined the effects of different isolates of the amphibian chytrid fungus from areas of decline and non-decline on gray treefrog metamorphosis in the presence or absence of pesticides. Kristina was awarded a Howard Hughes Summer Scholarship.
Alyssa Lopez, Miami University

Alyssa examined how timing of exposure to insecticide during larval development influences terrestrial performance of northern leopard frogs. Additionally, she is also examining the effects of leaf litter input and the insecticide malathion on cricket frog metamorphosis. Alyssa is part of our REU program.
Matthew Mitchkash, Miami University

Matt examined how spotted salamander juveniles are affected by exposure to an insecticide in terms of endurance and speed. Matthew was awarded a Howard Hughes Summer Scholarship.
Bradley Skelton  Miami University

Brad examined how cricket frogs are affected by ammonium nitrate during larval development in mesocosm ponds. Brad is part of the Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program.
Summer 2010

Andy McDermott
Pacific Lutheran University
Andy examined how canopy cover via shading can influence the performance of cricket frogs (which are declining in parts of the Midwest) and bullfrogs (which are expanding their range) in the presence of leaf litter or grass.  This study is an attempt to understand if regeneration of forests could be contribute to the disappearance of cricket frogs.  We are thrilled to have Andy out here from the west coast.
Larissa Spreng
Miami University



Larissa was a Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholar who examined how two common pesticides affect larval development and the aquatic community of larval streamside salamanders, Ambystoma barbouri, in mesocosm ponds. 
Spring 2010

Peter Kleinhenz Miami University


Peter examined how contaminants may influence the susceptibility of Pacific treefrogs to the disease pathogen Bd (the amphibian chytrid fungus).  The contaminants used are commonly found in wetlands in the western United States.  This research is being conducted in collaboration with Gary Fellers at the USGS.
Summer 2009

Benjamin Bulen Miami University
Ben examined how changes in an insecticide's concentration impacts competitive interactions between American toads and northern leopard frogs. His project is part of NSF-funded research project to understand how insectidesalters community interactions.
Edward Ramirez
University of
Puerto Rico

Eddie is examining how terrestrial habitat impacts movement of northern cricket frogs on golf courses by following frogs dipped in fluorescent powder inunmown, mown, or edge habitat on a golf course. This research is part of a National Fish and Wildlife funded project to examine how golf course management could bolster amphibian populations. Eddie is part of the ecology program's REU program.
Alicia Ritzenthaler
University of Evansville

Alicia is evaluating how canopy cover influences performance of tadpoles of the northern cricket frogs, which are declining in parts of their range. This research is part of a National Fish and Wildlife funded project to examine how golf course management could bolster amphibian populations.
Nicholas Webber Miami University


Nick is studying thryroid hormone expression in tissues of green frogs as part of the MU Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. He's working with our collaborator Caren Helbing at the University of Victoria and will bringing some of their molecular techniques back to the lab. This research is part of a NIH funded project to examine how an insecticide can impact thethryoid hormone axis during larval development.
Spring 2009

Melanie Davis Miami University

Melanie worked with Peter on a study evaluating how timing of insecticide exposure can impact the thyroid hormone axis by evaluating the effect on feeding performance of green frogs exposed during larval development. This research is part of a NIH funded project.
Peter Kleinhenz Miami University Peter worked with Melanie on a study evaluating how timing of insecticide exposure can impact the thyroid hormone axis by evaluating the effect on feeding performance of green frogs exposed during larval development. This research is part of a NIH funded project.
Summer 2008

Catherine Ade Miami University

Catherine examined how tadpoles of the northern cricket frog respond to environmental levels of contaminants used on golf courses and to predators that might be present in golf course ponds, including grass carp, crayfish, and bluegill. This research was part of a National Fish and Wildlife funded project to examine how golf course management could bolster amphibian populations. She was a MU Howard Hughes Summer Scholar.
Coral Navedo
University of
Puerto Rico

Coral studied growth and survival of individual cricket frog tadpoles reared in water from six ponds with and without terrestrial buffer zones on three different golf courses that were or were not exposed to an insecticide. Coral was part of the ecology program's REU program.
Louisa Phillips Miami University

Louisa worked on a study to examine how the insecticidecarbaryl can influence life history decisions and the thyroid hormone related to metamorphosis using green frog tadpoles, a collaboration with our lab and Caren Helbing's at the University of Victoria. This research is funded by the NIH.
Brian Ulrich
Miami University

Brian worked on a study to examine how amount of nutrients, canopy cover, and insecticide exposure impacted populations of green frogs with grad student Jen Purrenhage.
Nicholas Webber Miami University

Nick examined how aquatic and/or terrestrial exposure to insecticide carbaryl impacted American toad growth and survival. Nick also worked with graduate student Chris Distel on competitive interactions among anurans exposed to pesticides. This research was funded by an NSF project examining the ecological consequences of insecticide exposure in amphibian communities.Webber, N , MD Boone, and CA Distel. 2010. Effects of aquatic and terrestrial carbaryl exposure on feeding ability, growth, and survival of American toads. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29:591-600.
Summer 2007

Melanie Davis Miami University


Melanie was part of the MU Undergraduate Summer Scholar's program. She conducted a study to examine the singular and interactive effects of atrazine, predators, and habitat structure.
Mark Mackey
Miami University


Mark was part of the MU ecology program's REU program. He joined the lab to work on a study examining the effects of the insecticide malathion, cyanobacteria, and overwintered green frog tadpoles in an outdoor mesocosm experiment.
Holly Puglis
Miami University

Holly returned to the lab to examine the effects of ultraviolet radiation on the lethal concentration of technical and commercial formulations of pesticides. Holly was a MU's Howard Hughes Summer Scholar.
Summer 2006

Melissa Kohrman Miami University


Melissa worked on a project to examine if the presence of a pathogen Saprolegnia ferax had an impact on gray treefrogs in the presence or absence of an insecticide and bluegill sunfish.
Stacy Provenzano Miami University



Stacy examined whether or not bullfrog tadpoles could reach metamorphosis in a single season in Ohio when reared in low to high densities.
Erin Sams
Hiram College


Erin was part of the MU's REU program. She conducted research to understand the impact of size at metamorphosis on interactions among juveniles in the terrestrial environment using green frogs (Rana clamitans) and American toads (Bufo americanus).
Summer 2005

Holly Puglis
Miami University


Holly examined how bullfrog eggs were impacted by single and multiple stressors of Saprolegnia, the insecticide carbaryl, and ammonium nitrate fertilizer.
Gretchen Roman
University of
Puerto Rico


Gretchen examined the relationship between metamorph size and jumping ability of American toads, gray treefrogs, and northern leopard frogs with Jen Purrenhage. Gretchen was part of the REU program.