Monday, September 5, 2016

Jamie Shinskie defends thesis research

Jamie Shinskie and a hellbender
Congratulations to Jamie Shinskie for successfully defending her Master's thesis on September 3, 2016. Jamie's interdisciplinary ecological project assessed land cover data and its influence on eastern hellbender occurrence within the Susquehanna River drainage of Pennsylvania. Her results demonstrated that the loss of hellbender populations was associated with increases in siltation, sedimentation, and turbidity in stream channels accompanying deforestation. Jamie also presented her work at the recent Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Meeting, where she earned an award for best presentation. Dr. Pitt is Jamie's thesis advisor. Serving on her thesis committee were Dr. Delahunty, Department of Environmental, Geographic and Geological Sciences. Physics and Dr. Rier, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences.  Congratulations Jamie!