Currently, I'm a graduate research assistant with the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, based at the University of Vermont in Burlington. My project, which collaborates with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, involves developing effective sampling techniques for mudpuppies (Necturus maculosus) in the Lake Champlain basin. I will also be working closely with other biologists, including Dr. Bill Kilpatrick and his Ph.D. student, Luc Bernacki, on investigating population genetics. We plan to examine the phylogeography of mudpuppies from parts of northeastern North America (including Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont) using sequencing analysis of the mitochondrial genome. We will also attempt to develop microsatellite markers for looking at the genetic structure and demographics of mudpuppy population(s) in small geographic areas, such as individual rivers and Lake Champlain.
Graduate Research Assistant
Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
The University of Vermont
George D. Aiken Center
81 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0088
Email: Isaac.Chellman@uvm.edu or email@example.com