Kris is an amphibian and reptile conservation biologist, with research interests in habitat relationships, community interactions, behavioral ecology, refinement of field and statistical techniques, and environmental outreach. Her work on the Blue-Spotted Salamander complex has aided in the conservation of vernal pool amphibians in Maine, and her work on the movement and habitat use of suburban Wood Frogs more directly investigates the persistence of amphibians in developed areas. Kris addresses stakeholder concerns using field techniques combined ecological models to produce science needed to inform land managers.
Kris works to inform the public about wildlife and is a popular public speaker hosted by Land Trusts, the Audubon Society, and various schools. Her favorite outreach achievements are her coloring book and a comic series by a student artist, found at http://www.vernalpools.me
Kris intends to use dogs in her conservation work. She is an experience Therapy Dog handler and Agility handler, and her Labrador retriever, Emy, can often be found visiting campus for the Biology of Dogs course.
Kris earned her BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and her PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine in Orono. She was a teaching fellow at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Maine.
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PhD – Wildlife Ecology
- Sustainability Solutions Initiative Dissertation: Habitat selection and breeding ecology of the blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale) and its unisexual kleptogen
MS – Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- Theses: Testing the Influence of Cuban Treefrogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) on native treefrogs detection and abundance
BS – Biology
- Honors Theses: Exploring Alternative Methods of Skeletochronology in the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
Regularly Taught Courses:
- 2018-2019 Habitat Management (fall) Biology of Dogs (with lab, fall) Herpetology (with lab, spring) Ecological Modeling (with Program R, spring)
- 2019-2020 Herpetology (with lab) Behavioral Ecology Biology of Dogs (with lab) Conservation Biology