About Katie

Katie is a third year vet student interested in wildlife, public health and zoonotic diseases.

Life & Lab Work in east TN

Noteworthy happenings: -July 12: Assisted Lynn Faust, a fellow field researcher, in collecting Twilight Bush Baby (P. australis) fireflies from the arboretum. To catch this particular species, we looked for the fireflies glowing yellow-orange vs. commonly seen green tinting. This was a nice relaxing pace compared to frog catching. -July 13-17: My nature-adoring parents came [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:31+00:00 August 1st, 2016|2016|0 Comments

Searching for Chelonians in Oak Ridge

The Amphibian Pathogen Project took a brief pause the week of June 27 to allow the legendary Turtle Team to come tracking for box turtles in Oak Ridge. Many of you already know that I became involved with the W.E.L. through Turtle Team activities in Illinois and it has proven to be a top highlight [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:32+00:00 July 8th, 2016|2016, Animals, Dogs, Turtle Dogs|0 Comments

The Wetland Beautification Project

Simply put, a wetland habitat is an outdoor ecosystem containing reeds, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, and of course, water. It’s a place where many types of fresh water life convene to reproduce, rear young and acquire the resources they need for survival. Unsurprisingly, most natural wetlands are forgotten, and subsequently neglected, due to their annual [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:32+00:00 June 26th, 2016|2016|0 Comments

As the Lights Go Out … the frogs come out

To increase the sample size of my study, we’ve decided to search for adult frogs at night. We’re assuming that elevated daytime temperatures cause the frogs to seek refuge under water or in dense plant thickets and that they’ll be more visible and/or active at night during cooler periods. Typically this exercise involves arriving at [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:32+00:00 June 19th, 2016|2016|0 Comments

Amphibian Field Work

The Amphibian Pathogen Project (APP) has officially begun and the students, teachers and myself survived some sweltering 9-hour days. A typical field day involves: 1-2 teachers, 3-4 students, 3-4 different wetlands and lots of critter catching! We use nets, buckets and our hands to catch the animals before we process them. Ideally, we’d catch mostly [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:32+00:00 June 14th, 2016|2016|0 Comments