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!