Current Research

 
Brief info on some of the topics I've been focusing on for the past few years. 
Captivity and Fitness

Captivity and Fitness

Examining morphology and behavior of captive-bred individuals compared to their natural counterparts.

Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation

Conservation of at-risk amphibian species via sperm cryopreservation.

Reintroduction Biology

Reintroduction Biology

Captive-breeding and reintroduction of endangered amphibians and reptiles.

Reproductive Physiology

Reproductive Physiology

Developing assisted reproduction technologies (hormone injections, in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation) to ensure the conservation of threatened and endangered amphibians.

Maternal Care

Maternal Care

Systematic observation and quantification of the unusual egg attendance behavior of a pond-breeding frog with maternal egg attendance (in Thailand) in natural settings, as well as experimental manipulations to confirm its adaptive significance.

Anti-predator Behavior

Anti-predator Behavior

Examine the extreme anti-predator behavior exhibited by adult frogs during egg attendance, often against organisms that are a source of danger to both adults and their embryos.

Paternal Care

Paternal Care

Examining plasticity in amphibian parental behavior in response to predator threats and the consequences for their dependent offspring using a bamboo-breeding treefrog (in Taiwan) with paternal egg attendance.

Environmentally-cued Hatching

Environmentally-cued Hatching

Examine embryonic development and hatching time in response of various hatching cues, such as predation, submergence, and desiccation. Consider ways in which cues are transmitted, received, and affecting the hatching behavior of embryos.

Life History Adaptations

Life History Adaptations

Observations of diet, breeding, and predation of vertebrate and invertebrate species in natural pond habitats (in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Taiwan).

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