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Students, Interns, RAs

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Allison Bogisich

Research Associate

Allison Bogisich (B.A. Whitman College; M.S. University of San Francisco) is a Research Technician at the Memphis Zoo. She has broad interests in genetics and heredity and has conducted phylogenetic work on puddle frogs from Myanmar. Her research at the zoo primarily focuses on amphibian reproduction, captive-breeding, conservation translocations and post-release monitoring for dusky gopher frogs. Her overall research goal is to find differences between captive-bred and naturally breeding amphibian populations in order to better optimize conservation efforts that aim to protect species from going extinct in the wild.

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Rylie Strasbaugh

Research Intern

Rylie (B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, 2022) is a recent graduate of Penn State, with a degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science and a minor in Biology. Her primary interests are herpetology and ornithology. Rylie hopes to gain valuable research experience and then head to graduate school to pursue a masters and, eventually, a PhD! 

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Tracey Malter

Research Intern

Tracey is a recent graduate from Colorado State University (2021) with a major in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. She is particularly interested in captive breeding and release as a population management technique, and the long term effects it has on wild populations of endangered species.

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Jenn Terry

Ph.D. Student

Jen Terry (B.A. Bucknell University; M.S. Arkansas State University, 2021) is a Ph.D. student at Arkansas State University and is co-advised by Dr. Neuman-Lee and Dr. Virginie Rolland. Jen's Master's thesis examined physiological tradeoffs in red-eared sliders and part of her Ph.D. project will be examining the turtle population at the Memphis Zoo.

See Jen's website for more information on her work.

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Karen Candia

Research Assistant

Karen Candia (B.S. Rhodes College, 2020) has assisted on various ex situ and in situ projects in Dr. Poo's lab, including predator-prey behavior of frogs, pre-mature hatching behavior of frog eggs, captive-breeding of amphibians, and field monitoring of captive-released/reintroduced populations. She is primarily interested in animal behavior.

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Tyler Tobias

Research Intern

Tyler is currently a senior at Central Michigan University working on a double major in Environmental studies and Philosophy. Ty is originally from the southern region and is an outstanding student with a particular interest in amphibian and reptiles.

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Tyler Pina

Research Intern

Tyler graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst (2022) with a major in Natural Resource Conservation. Tyler has a particular interest in aquatic systems and recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship, particularly in the light of inequalities between different communities.

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Erin Monroe

Research Intern (High School)

Erin graduated from St. Mary's Episcopal School in 2022. Erin’s summer internship at the Zoo is part of her senior year Honors Independent Research Study (HIRS) project, which pairs Memphis students with local organizations for summer internships. Erin is heading to University of Georgia for college. 

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Alyssa Hartzheim

Master's Student

Alyssa Hartzheim (B.S. North Carolina State University) is a Master's student in Dr. Lori Neuman-Lee's lab at Arkansas State University. Alyssa's thesis project examines the "Effect of Stress on the Innate Immune Response of Various Chelonian Species," part of which is conducted at the Memphis Zoo.  

See Alyssa's website for more informaton on her work.

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Catherine Carney

Student Intern (Middle School)

Cat is a senior at Grace-St. Luke Episcopal School and did her senior internship at with Dr. Poo learning about zoo conservation programs and getting hands-on experience measuring and taking data for the critically endangered dusky gopher frog. 

Past Lab Members

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Kristin Hinkson

Research Technician 2016-2019

Kristin Hinkson (B.S. University of Georgia; M.S. Eastern Kentucky University) was a Research Technician at the Memphis Zoo 2016-2019, during which she published a number of reserach papers on assisted reproductive technology, captive-breeding, and conservation genetics (see publications). Kristin is currently a Senior Biological Scientist at BCS Laboratories in Gainsville, FL.

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Mariah Mack

Research Intern 2020

Mariah Mack (B.S. Pennsylvania State University, Behrend Campus) is currently a Master's student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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Maryella Cohn

Undergraduate Student Volunteer 2018-2021

Maryella Cohn (B.S. Rhodes College) has worked on a wide range of project with Dr. Poo at the Amphibian Lab over the course of 3 years during her undergraduate studies. She is currently a Veterinary Medicine student at Louisiana State University.

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Kameron Hall

Research Intern 2020

Kameron Hall (B.S. University of Memphis) was a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and conducted his Doris Duke Internship at the Memphis Zoo. Kameron went on to do Reseach Intern at the Federal Geographic Data Committee and is about to start a new position at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Rachel Snyder

Research Intern 2018

Rachel Snyder (B.S. Susquehanna University) is currently a Master's student in the Conservation Biology Lab at John Carroll University. 

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Brittany Nunn

Research Intern 2018

Brittany Nunn (B.S. Stephen F. Austin State University) is currently a Conservation Technician at San Antonio Zoo.

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Sankar Ananthanarayanan

Research Intern 2017

Sankar Ananthanarayanan (B.S. National University of Singapore) is currently a full-time Teaching Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. Sankar is the co-founder and President of the Herpetological Society of Singapore. 

For more information, see a great TED talk by Sankar on amphibians and reptiles!

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Connor Leggett

Research Intern 2017

Connor Leggett (B.S. U.C. Santa Barbara) is currently the Lab Operations Lead at UPSIDE Foods. 

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Student Volunteers 

2016-2018

Amanda Cheang Cui Shan (Rhodes College)
Julianna Szuwalski (Rhodes College) 
Jillian Healy (Rhodes College)
Xinzi (Maggie) Wang (Rhodes College)
Erica Carcelén (Rhodes College) 

Helen Gillespie (Hutchison High School)

 

Collaborating Institutions

USA

Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN)

Arkansas State University

Rhodes College

Zoo Miami

Yale Peabody Museum

Zoo Atlanta

Duke Lemur Center 

Oklahoma City Zoo

Science Museum of Minnesota

Brookfield Zoo

The Amphibian Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Leadville National Fish Hatchery

CANADA

University of Windsor

MALAYSIA

Project Pterapus, Rimba

TAIWAN

Tunghai University

THAILAND

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station

ECUADOR

Centro Jambatu de Investigación y Conservación de Anfibios

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Field Assistants in Thailand 2010-2013

Francesca, Sara, and Brad
Francesca, Sara, and Brad

Upper dam pond

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The group
The group

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A night with Rhacophorus kio
A night with Rhacophorus kio

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Francesca, Sara, and Brad
Francesca, Sara, and Brad

Upper dam pond

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1/5
2013

Francesca Erickson

- M.S. student, Auborn University  

Sara Mason

- Policy Associate, Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Brad Nissen

- Fish & Wildlife Biologist at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Mike Collins

Mary-Ruth Low

- Senior Conservation Scientist, Rimba 

Adair, Sheila, Joe, and Jonathan
Adair, Sheila, Joe, and Jonathan

End of field season photo shoot!

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Phimai Historical Park
Phimai Historical Park

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More birding
More birding

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Adair, Sheila, Joe, and Jonathan
Adair, Sheila, Joe, and Jonathan

End of field season photo shoot!

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1/6
2012

Joe Sherrock

- Assistant Preserve Manager, Center for Natural Lands Management

Jonathan Reinig

- Natural Resource Specialist, Riverside County Parks 

Adair McNear

- MS student, North Carolina State University

(Watch Adair's awesome video of our field site in Thailand!)

Ashley, Nancy, Tisha, Hanna & Sheila
Ashley, Nancy, Tisha, Hanna & Sheila

Night out together.

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Pond surveys
Pond surveys

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Ko Samet holiday
Ko Samet holiday

Relaxing after a long field season

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Ashley, Nancy, Tisha, Hanna & Sheila
Ashley, Nancy, Tisha, Hanna & Sheila

Night out together.

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1/6
2011

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Ashley Ragsdale 

Hanna Jenkins  

- Nature Reserve Warden at Thames Water

Tisha Jacques 

- Wildlife Biologist/Vet Assistant

Rachel, Anne, Sam, Charlene & Sheila
Rachel, Anne, Sam, Charlene & Sheila

Picnic on the dam.

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Anne, Rachel, Sam, Sheila & Charlene
Anne, Rachel, Sam, Sheila & Charlene

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Rachel, Anne, Sam, Charlene & Sheila
Rachel, Anne, Sam, Charlene & Sheila

Picnic on the dam.

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2010 (Bickford Lab Field Crew)

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Samantha Fischer

- Resource Management Officer, Parks Canada

Anne Devan-Song

- Ph.D. Oregon State University

Rachel Cadwallader-Staub 

- Board Manager & Senior Associate,

   Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Charlene Yeong

- Conservation Veterinarian, Singapore Zoo