Cory B. Goff

PhD Student, GASP Lab, Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

A New Semester Update

So I am obviously back from Florida. I spent a little over 4 weeks between Flroida and Georgia collecting hormones from Pseudacris ornata tadpoles. Soon after I returned and finished my semester, I finished extracting the hormones and began the long process of drying, reconstituting, and then finally plating all 375+ samples. I actually didn’t get as many samples as I would have hoped, due to the early drying of ponds in peninsular Florida and lack of Pseudacris tadpoles. I intended to collect samples at a total of 15 sites and ended up with only 10, though for a first field season, I suppose it wasn’t all that bad.

I was able to present some of the findings at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) conference in New Orleans in July and I look forward to adding a new field season in the Spring.

As the new Fall semester of classes begin, I continue collecting environmental characteristics and online data to add to my analyses to see if additional factors affect stress in these amphibians. It is also time to apply for more funding and other conferences. I am looking to present my findings again at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) conference in New Orleans this January.

Until next time…happy herping!



So the research adventure begins! This Sunday I will be headed towards Florida to begin my PhD research examining the stress response of Ornate Chorus Frogs located throughout Florida and southern Georgia. The first leg of my trip will end up in Carencro, Louisiana to stay with Dr. Bob Jaeger, a well-admired Plethodontid salamander ecologist and my advisor’s previous advisor. From there I will head to Eglin AFB in Florida for a few days of sampling on the base, then to Apalachicola National Forest for a few days there. Weather permitting, I will be in Gainesville, Florida by next weekend to set up a “base-camp” and get approved as a USGS volunteer to continue my research. From there I will sample at 3 other locations within Florida (Jennings State Forest, Lafayette WEA, and St. Marks NWR) and 1 location in southern Georgia (Jones Center).

My car is loaded down with supplies (and somehow I still need to fit in my suitcase), and I am just about ready to hit the road! I am looking forward to the new experience and research, though it is always a little nerve-racking heading to the field, because you know it never works out the way you plan. 🙂

Hopefully there are more posts and pictures to come!

Journey Leg 1


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