Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2017
M.S., University of Alabama, 2009
B.S.Ed., University of Alabama, 2005
B.S., University of Louisiana Monroe, 2018
Benny is a M.S. thesis student studying the population genetics of the western dwarf salamander (Eurycea paludicola) in Louisiana. He joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in Spring 2018 and is interested in salamander population genetics, phylogenetics, and genome size evolution. Benny received a BS in biology from ULM, with minors in chemistry and classical studies.
Nautica joined the lab in Fall 2019 as a student in the Emerging Scholars and ULM Honors programs and is studying the morphology, species delimitation, and conservation of the southern red-back salamander (Plethodon serratus). She is especially interested in the impacts of climate change on salamander evolution and populations genetics. Nautica is a scholar in the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program and spent the summer of 2019 at various field sites around northern and central California as part of the program's intensive field course.