I am currently a postdoc in Kim Babbitt's lab at the University of New Hampshire.
I have been lucky to work with salamanders (A. maculatum) for my M.S., Ph.D., and now postdoctoral research. I have also been fortunate to collaborate with great people on salamander research/writings, including Peter Niewiarowski, Katy Greenwald, Paco Moore, Michelle Boone, Gary Gerald, and Kim Babbitt.
My research has always involved a habitat-related component, and will always be conducted in a conservation/applied context. Past and current research topics include: the effects of habitat fragmentation and landscape composition on genetic population structure of salamanders; the importance of aquatic vegetation structure on biotic interactions of pond-breeding amphibians; the impacts of aquatic and terrestrial canopy cover on larval and juvenile pond-breeding amphbibians (e.g., growth and survival of larvae and juveniles & post-metamorphic dispersal potential / locomotor abilities); and the importance of upland buffers for vernal pool-breeding amphibians.
Jennifer L. Purrenhage
Dept. of Natural Resources
and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824