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Norms, expectations, & resources


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Photo note: A wetland in central Minnesota we surveyed for turtles in Summer 2023. On the left you can see a floating, wooden basking platform with a trail camera facing it. On the right you can see a hoop net with an orange float in it. The floating vegetation in the center is largely a species of arrowhead (Sagittaria sp.).

Lab Members

Lab Membes

Jennifer Y. Lamb (P.I., Associate Professor)

Pronouns: She/Her (why pronouns matter)

I joined the St. Cloud State University Dept. of Biology in August 2018. I enjoy asking questions about the ecology, natural history, behavior, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. I also like using a variety of tools or different approaches to answer those questions



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Photo note: Jen holding a Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer) in a prairie in Minnesota.

Current Graduate Students

Kerri holding an Eastern Snapping Turtle

Kerri Beers (M.S. Student)

Kerri began her Masters in Biology at SCSU in Spring 2024. Her thesis research will focus on chytrid fungi and amphibian populations in Minnesota.

     Email: kmbeers [at]

Photo note: Kerri holding a Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) caught during fieldwork in Summer 2022.


Morgan Miedema (M.S. Student)

Morgan began her Masters in Biology at SCSU in Fall 2023. Her thesis research will ask whether biofluorescence in larval amphibians could be ecologically significant.

     Email: morgan.miedema [at]

Photo note: Morgan holding a toad.


Alyssa Roberts (M.S. Student)

Alyssa began her Masters in Biology at SCSU in Fall 2022. Her thesis research will ask whether detection probability for the Four-toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum) varies when using different survey methods (e.g., eDNA vs. traditional nest and larval sampling). This is a collaborative project that will involve working closely with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources. 

     Email: alyssa.roberts.2 [at]

Photo note: Alyssa holding a blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) while working on the Chippewa National Forest.

Current Undergraduate Students


Dayton Johnson (B.S. Student)

Dayton is an undergraduate in the SCSU Biodiversity, Ecology, & Evolution Bachelors program. Dayton began working with the lab in Spring 2023 and has been working on our rare-turtle project. 

Photo note: Dayton holding a Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina ) caught during the Midwest PARC conference in 2023.

Curious about joining?

Are you an undergraduate interested in our research and looking for experience in a field or laboratory setting? Reach out to me (Dr. Lamb; 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!

Positions for thesis-based Masters students for Fall 2024/Spring 2025 have been filled. 


If you are interested in graduate school at a later date, please check out the coursework-based and thesis-based Masters programs offered by our Department. Contact me via email and 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 am also happy to help you build applications for external funding and scholarships.

Andy holding a Western Painted Turtle

Photo note: Andy is holding an Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii).


Lab Alumni

  • Andy Fondren (M.S. Student)

  • Bailey Richards (M.S. & B.S. Student) 

  • Alex Seymour (M.S. Student)

  • Abbie Halvorson (B.S. Student)

  • Savanna Droher (B.S. Student)

  • Nicole Gruwell (B.S. Student)

  • Ashley Kobernusz (B.S. Student) 

  • Michael Lee (B.S. Student)

  • Taylor Idland (B.S. Student)

  • Maxim Kroll (B.S. Student)

  • Carly Portinen (B.S. Student)

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.

Michale using a hanging scale to weigh a turtle.

Photo note: Michael weighing a male Western Painted Turtle during fieldwork in Summer 2021. Research completed with appropriate permits.

Lab alumni
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