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About us

Jennifer Y. Lamb (P.I.)

I joined the St. Cloud State University Dept. of Biology in August 2018. I enjoy asking questions about the ecology, natural history, and behavior of amphibians (and reptiles), and using a variety of tools or different approaches to answer those questions. Collaborators and I recently documented widespread biofluoresence in amphibians, which has led to a number of exciting projects aimed at understanding the diversity of biofluorescent patterns, mechanisms, and potential biological functions. 

E-mail: jylamb@stcloudstate.edu

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2677-1490 

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5zWk8gcAAAAJ&hl=en

Jen is smiling and wearing a blue blouse while holding a brown rat snake.

Photo note: Jen holding a Western Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus) caught at her family's home in Mississippi.

Current Graduate Students

Andrea is wearing glasses, smiling, and holding a large yellow moth.

Photo note: Andrea is holding an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) which was handled with permission as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Andrea Fondren (M.S. Student)

Andrea joined the lab in Fall 2021. They are developing ideas for their thesis research which will involve animal behavior and amphibians. Stay tuned for updates!

From Andrea: "Hi, my name is Andrea, I have lived in Iowa all my life but I’m a recent Minnesota transplant! Animal behavior has always been something that has interested me and guided my past undergraduate research focused on painted turtles and water anoles. I hope to be able to continue studying communication, specifically in relation to mate choice and color. I’m absolutely stoked to be able to branch out and work with frogs! Outside of research I enjoy crocheting, hanging out in nature, biking, and collecting badges on the Seek app." 

E-mail: andrea.fondren@go.stcloudstate.edu

Bailey Richards (M.S. Student)

Bailey is pursuing her Masters in Biology at SCSU (start date: Fall 2020). For her Masters thesis research, Bailey is investigating coloration, diet, and biofluoresence in turtles in the family Emydidae. As an undergraduate researcher in the lab, Baily examined the anatomy and morphology of tadpoles in the Family Ranidae.

From Bailey: "Hi everyone, I'm Bailey! I've lived in Minnesota all my live and am excited to see where my research takes me these next two years. I've recently been interested in biofluoresence and behavior, and I'm excited to expand my knowledge and study turtles! In my spare time, I enjoy taking care of my pets, spending time with my family/friends and doing outdo." 

E-mail: bailey.richards@go.stcloudstate.edu

Bailey holds a large snapping turtle while smiling at the edge of a lake

Photo note: Bailey and a Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) captured during her Masters thesis research. Handled with appropriate permits.

Devon Bowker (M.A. Student)

Devon is pursuing their Masters in Biology (start date: Fall 2021). Prior to beginning the M.A. program, Devon attended SCSU as an undergraduate in the Biology & Life Sciences Education program.

From Devon: "Hi, everyone! I'm Devon. I teach high school science locally, am the founder of a local nonprofit called The Open (Out)Doors Project, the host of a podcast called The Wild Life as well as 6 others all focused on communicating science accessibly. I'm also a marathon runner and major sci-fi pop culture geek. Most of all, I'm a father of two amazing young boys, and spend most of my time focused on experiencing a life of adventure with my family and our dog Gemma." 

E-mail: bode1001@go.stcloudstate.edu

Devon wearing a yellow hoodie and glasses and standing in front of rapids.

Photo note: Devon standing in front of rapids.

Current Undergraduate Students

Michael is wearing a green sweater and holding an otter pup

Photo note: Michael holding an otter pup while he worked as an intern at the zoo. Otter handled with permissions.

Michael Lee (B.S. Student)

Michael is an undergraduate in the SCSU Biodiversity, Ecology, & Evolution Bachelors program. He joined the lab in Fall 2020 and has been curating the herpetology teaching collection, and conducting research investigating non-native lizards in the upper Midwest and sexual dimorphism in Western Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii).

From Michael: "Hi everybody I'm Michael. I was born and raised in Minnesota and as long as I can remember have always had a love for animals. I recently sparked a huge interest in animal behaviors and hope to one day work my way up to become a herpetologist. When I'm not studying or doing school work I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in downtown St. Cloud."

Curious about joining the lab?

Are you an undergraduate interested in our research and looking for experience in a field or laboratory setting? Reach out to me (Dr. Lamb; jylamb@stcloudstate.edu) to introduce yourself and your career goals (they can be broad!). There may be positions available to contribute to or pursue independent, parallel research topics!

If you are interested in graduate school please check out the coursework-based and thesis-based Masters programs offered by our Department and email me.

 

In your email be sure to include the following information:

  • an overview of your research interests and how they might fit within our group,

  • your broader career goal(s), and

  • your Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Important!: Masters students can apply for graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Graduate Assistantships (GAs). I also encourage students to apply for external funding.

A black salamander with yellow spots sits in a tupperware on some wet vegetation.

Photo note: A female Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) from Central Minnesota. Handled with appropriate permits.

 

Lab Alumni

Taylor Idland (B.S. Student)

Taylor worked with the lab in Spring 2021 and assisted in the field surveys for salamanders and turtles.

Maxim Kroll (B.S. Student)

Maxim worked with the lab from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021 helping with various projects involving amphibians and turtles. He also created occurrence maps for focal species in QGIS. 

Taylor and Alex are wearing waders in a pond and checking aquatic traps for salamanders and frogs. The pond is in a prairie habitat.

Photo note: Taylor (left) and Alex (right) checking minnow traps along an aquatic drift fence array in a prairie pothole pond. Research completed with appropriate permits. 

Alex Seymour (M.S. Student)

Alex investigated biofluoresence in the Grey Tree Frog complex (Hyla versicolor, H. chrysoscelis) for his Masters thesis. He worked with the lab as an undergraduate, and then as a graduate student from Fall 2019 - Fall 2021.

Carly Portinen (B.S. Student)

Carly worked with the lab from Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 to help manage the herpetology teaching collection.