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Todd W. Pierson
assistant professor
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If you are a KSU undergraduate student and are excited about gaining some experience with field or laboratory research, email me to discuss opportunities! Likewise, if you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student through KSU's Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB) program, send me an email!

Click on the links below to expand each section and learn about members of the lab—past and present!

graduate students

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Yatin Kalki
MSIB student
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Leah Rittenburg
MSIB student
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Yatin is joining the lab in Fall 2021 and will be using a variety of field and laboratory methods to better understand the nature of alternative reproductive tactics in Eurycea.

Leah is joining the lab in Fall 2021 and will be developing and using environmental DNA (eDNA) methods to understand changes in salamander communities.

undergraduate students

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Lexi Bailey
biology major

Lexi is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

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Emma Downing
environ. science major

Emma is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

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Devan Hines
biology major
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Zaynab Massenburg
biology major

Devan is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

Zaynab is joining the lab in Fall 2021.

lab alumni

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Kelly-Ann McDonald
biology major

In Spring 2021, Kelly-Ann collected data from museum specimens and used geometric morphometric methods to study secondary sexual characters in salamanders.

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Tyshiona Brandon
biology major
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Jadin Cross
modern language & culture (Spanish) major

In Spring 2021, Tye collected data from museum specimens and used geometric morphometric methods to study secondary sexual characters in salamanders.

In Fall 2020, Jadin assembled and analyzed genome-wide SNP data to better understand the phylogeography of slimy salamanders in northern Georgia.

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Jasmyne Blake-Sinclair
biology major

In Fall 2020, Jasmyne curated and analyzed observations from the citizen science databases, field notes, and scientific literature to better understand the phenology of nesting in two-lined salamanders.

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Tyler Schwartz
environ. science major

In Fall 2020, Tyler used his GIS skills to build maps and analyze data to understand how Eurycea are distributed among

external collaborators