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Todd Lab Herpetolgy and Wildlife Conservation

Recent news in the Todd lab

August 2013

This fall brings many new additions to the Todd Lab. Mark Peaden begins his MS degree in the Ecology Graduate Group studying the spatial ecology of desert tortoises in relation to road impacts and mitigation fencing. Also joining the lab is Andrew Modlin, who begins work on his MS in the Animal Biology Graduate Group studying spatial ecology and social networks of desert tortoises with USGS collaborator Ken Nussear. Finally, Val Johnson has joined the lab to provide research support for our ongoing desert tortoise conservation and ecology research in the Mojave National Preserve.


June 2012

Mark Peaden has joined the lab as research support and is currently working in the Mojave desert conducting conservation research with desert tortoises.


September 2011

The Todd lab is happy to welcome postdoctoral research associate Dr. Aaron Lotz to our lab. Aaron will be working with Dr. Todd and CA Department of Fish and Game to address issues that affect the conservation management of California's reptile and amphibian diversity.

The Todd lab is happy to welcome new PhD student Evan Eskew to the lab. Visit Evan's page for more information.


April 2011

Congratulations to Melia Nafus and incoming student Evan Eskew who both received prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in 2011.

Melia was also awarded a prestigious 2011 National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship for proposed work examining the effects of climate change and invasive plants on desert tortoises, work that could have important implications for the management and recovery of this species on land administered by the Department of Defense.