Category Archives: Research

Pitt Lab Represents Trinity College at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology

Joe Ruggiero, Shane McLaughlin, and Amber Pitt represented Trinity College at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology held 21-26 July 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ruggiero and McLaughlin summarized research that they implemented along with Bobbie Imwalle and Pitt, in a presentation entitled, Mercury accumulation in urban park streams and ponds: has urbanization changed would-be wildlife habitats into ecological traps?. Pitt presented some of her lab’s other recent work, in a presentation entitled: Imperiled hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) can consume invasive rusty crayfish (Faxonius [Orconectes] rusticus).

New publication demonstrates the importance of state parks to wetlands and biodiversity conservation

New research authored by Dr. Amber Pitt and Amber Pitt, Joanna Hawley Howard, Rob Baldwin, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Bryan Brown co-authored an original research article entitled Small Parks as Local Social-Ecological Systems Contributing to Conservation of Small Isolated and Ephemeral Wetlands which was published in the Natural Areas Journal. This study reveals the importance of… Read More

Bailey D’Antonio successfully defends her honors thesis!

Bailey D’Antonio successfully defended her honors thesis entitled, The effects of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) on blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) abundances in Simsbury, CT. Her research illuminates connections among invasive plants, ticks, mice, and the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Congratulations, Bailey! Read More

New natural history note published documents hellbender yawns

Our recently published natural history note entitled, Observations of yawning behaviour in the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis), is the first published documentation of hellbenders yawning. These observations were made while filming hellbender behavior for a broader conservation-driven research project designed by Amber Pitt and Steve Davis (US Fish & Wildlife Service) and implemented by… Read More

New Research Published Reveals Large Buildings in Less Urbanized Areas Threaten Migrating Birds Via Window Collisions

Amber Pitt is one of 62 collaborators from throughout North America who co-authored an original research article entitled Continent-wide analysis of how urbanization affects bird-window collision mortality in North America which was published in the journal Biological Conservation. This study was developed and organized by Drs. Stephen Hager (Augustana College) and Bradley Cosentino (Hobart and… Read More

New Frog Movement Research Published Reveals Importance of Maintaining A Variety of Freshwater Ecosystems in a Landscape

Amber Pitt, Joseph Tavano, Rob Baldwin, and Ben Stegenga co-authored an original research article entitled Movement ecology and habitat use of three sympatric anuran species which was published in the journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology. This study reveals the seasonal use of a variety of lentic and lotic freshwater habitats by three frog species within… Read More

New Research Published Reveals Connections Among Deforestation, Run-off, Increased Conductivity, & Hellbender Decline

Amber Pitt, Jamie Shinskie, Joe Tavano, Sean Hartzell, Tina Delahunty, and Stephen Spear co-authored an original research article entitled Decline of a giant salamander assessed with historical records, environmental DNA, and multi-scale habitat data which was published on-line in the early view of the journal Freshwater Biology. This study reveals a substantial population decline of… Read More

Hellbenders in the Susquehanna River Drainage

Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) are large, long-lived, aquatic salamanders that inhabit high quality, highly oxygenated, fast flowing streams and rivers in the eastern United States. They are sensitive to siltation, sedimentation, and chemical contaminants within streams, and as a result, habitat degradation has contributed to precipitous declines in hellbender populations throughout their range to the extent… Read More