Success Stories
(former students)

Sam holds an Eastern Box Turtle.

Dr. Sam Johnson
Class of 2018

Sam’s research looked at the detection and prevalence of Mycoplasma in alligator snapping turtles in Illinois.

Dr. Seema Patel
Class of 2018

Seema spent a Summer in Ohio surveying for snake fungal disease.

Dr. Megan Britton
Class of 2018

Megan was involved in numerous projects with the lab. Her research focused on the geographical distribution of snake fungal disease.

Dr. Jessica Huntington
Class of 2018

Jessica’s research focused on blood smears of snakes with snake fungal disease.

Brittany Willeford

Dr. Brittany Willeford
Class of 2018

Brittany’s research project investigated mosquitoes as a potential vector for infectious diseases in free-ranging reptiles and amphibians.

Dr. Evan Emmel
Class of 2018

Evan’s research project investigated thermography in the health assessment of free-ranging box turtles.

Erin Newman

Dr. Erin Newman
Class of 2018

Erin spent the Summer in the Chicagoland area assessing the health of Blanding’s turtles. Her research focuses on using CT scans to measure body condition in turtles.

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Dr. Katie Hayward
Class of 2018

Katie spent a Summer in Tennessee with the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization teaching students and collecting samples to test for diseases in reptiles and amphibians.

Kayla Boers

Dr. Kayla Boers
Class of 2018

Kayla was involved in numerous projects for the turtle team. Her project investigated the role the canine search team has in the transmission of turtle pathogens.

Dr. Karisa Tang

Dr. Tang is a 2014 DVM graduate from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a residency in the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency program and completed a concurrent MS project on Peruvian pinnipeds.

Dr. Kelsey Low

Kelsey completed her PhD at the University of Illinois in 2019. Her research focused on identifying disease outbreaks that affect multiple species of herps.

Julie Sheldon holds an Alligator Snapping Turtle.

Dr. Julie Sheldon

Dr. Sheldon has completed a Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency and is eager to pursue a career in conservation medicine. Her Masters project developed objective criteria for evaluating gait assessments in penguins with osteoarthritis and evaluating commonly used analgesic agents within that model.

Dr. Dana Lindemann

Dr. Lindemann is a 2012 DVM graduate from Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a residency in the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency program while pursuing a concurrent MS focusing on disease epidemiology in the Blanding’s turtle in Illinois.

Grace Archer

Dr. Grace Archer
Class of 2017

Grace joined the lab in 2014 as a veterinary student. She studied the epidemiology of co-pathogens in free-ranging box turtles.

Dr. Claire Butkus
Class of 2017

Claire joined the lab in 2014 as a veterinary student. Her project focused on obtaining bone marrow from deceased turtle shells to test for ranavirus.

Dr. Lauren Novak
Class of 2017

Lauren joined the lab in 2014 as a veterinary student. Her research looked at Mycoplasma prevalance in birds.

Dr. Suzette DePersio
Class of 2017

Suzette joined the lab in 2014 as a veterinary student. She used CT scans to validate methods of body condition estimates in box turtles.