Kathryn Powers ‘17 and Glory Kim ‘17 presented their Trinity research in poster form at the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Washington DC in July. Kathryn’s presentation was titled “A novel pattern of yolk mobilization in developing squamate reptiles.” Glory’s presentation was titled “Fetal membrane morphology in oviparous lampropeltine snakes (Colubridae).” Both Glory and Kathryn have been conducting research in Professor Blackburn’s lab over the past three years. Glory’s research has led to two published papers, and Kathryn’s, to a manuscript that shall be submitted to the Journal of Morphology.
Glory Kim explains his poster to another conference participant.
Kathryn Powers poses with her poster.
The department welcomes Dr. Amber Pitt!
In July, Dr. Amber Pitt joined the faculty of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science Program at Trinity College. As a conservation biologist, Amber’s research is focused on elucidating patterns and drivers of amphibian and reptile population declines in order to create innovative and effective conservation strategies for a rapidly changing world. Amber received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida and her B.A. in Zoology from the University of Vermont. She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Clemson University where she designed and coordinated large-scale projects to evaluate the ecological function of isolated wetlands in the southern Appalachian landscape and the effects of forest management practices including prescribed fire on amphibians. Her most recent research examines the effects of land use change and invasive species on hellbender salamander habitat and populations. Amber is excited to mentor Trinity undergraduate student researchers on conservation-driven projects. She is also very happy to be teaching majors and non-majors courses in ecology and conservation biology.