Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dr. Corbin and BAHS students publish research

Dr. Clay Corbin
Dr. Clay Corbin and his students have recently published their research results. Sean Hartzell, BAHS master's student, and Dr. Corbin have co-authored "New Finds in an Old Collection: Some Distributional Records for Amphibians and Reptiles" in Herpetological Review. Using the herpetological specimens in BU's Natural History Collection, they report new county records for Pennsylvania for the eastern long-tailed salamander, Fowler's toad, and the gray tree frog. 

Dr. Corbin, along with BAHS alumni Kenneth Pallis and Brandan Gray, published a paper entitled "An Inexpensive and Mobile See-though Tunnel for Collecting Bird Flight Performance Data in the Field" in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. The group tested the use of a simple, durable, inexpensive, lightweight, and portable children's play tunnel for acquiring performance data on bird flight such as wing-beat frequency and acceleration. Very cool! Such data are valuable to scientists researching foraging, predator-prey responses, and physiological demand.

To read more about their work see: 

Sean Hartzell and Clay Corbin (2016) New Finds in an Old Collection: Some Distributional Records for Amphibians and Reptiles. Herpetological Review 47(2), 2016, 272

Clay E. Corbin, Kenneth E. Pallis, and Brandan L. Gray (2015) An Inexpensive and Mobile See-through Tunnel for Collecting Bird Flight Performance Data in the Field. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 89(2): 88-91.