Welcome to three new grad students in the lab!

Three new grad students are joining the lab! We are super excited to have them and build our new UT group! CĂ©line Carneiro (left) joins us from University of Florida and her work focuses on genomics and biodiversity. Rebecca Clemons (center) is coming from University of Michigan and her interests are in disease ecology. And Britt White (right) is already at UT and a new member of the lab co-advised with Justin Havird; her interests are in the evolution of color polymorphism in lizards.

Looking forward to some great science in the next years!

KZ lab @UTAustin is recruiting! Graduate and Post-doc applications welcome this Fall

The Zamudio Lab will be recruiting graduate students to begin in the EEB Graduate Program at UT Austin in Fall 2022. Information about the graduate application process and the lab can be found here.

This Fall we will also be recruiting at least one post-doc to begin in 2022. More details on post-doc openings will be posted in late October 2021 – keep an eye out for that announcement here and on Twitter (@KZ_UTAustin). If you are interested in developing a project for an independent post-doctoral position, please contact me so we can discuss potential projects.

Herpetology field trip to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland

Clyde Peeling hosted 32 Cornell Herpetology students this weekend!

Every year our Herpetology Class goes to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, an AZA accredited zoo that focuses on reptile and amphibian diversity. We get a warm welcome from Mr. Peeling himself, get a behind the scenes tour, and then marvel at the intricate exhibits that are designed and fabricated by Clyde’s sons. A wonderful Zoo! And who would have thunk one could see courting Komodo dragons in Pennsylvania!

Komodo dragons courting, male tried for awhile, but she was not interested.

The Rite of Spring

Ambystoma maculatum on his way to Bull Pasture Pond on the Cornell campus. Photo: C. Zobek

Maybe you already knew this, but our winters are looong, so it makes it even more special to witness the salamander migration to the breeding ponds. This is the real sign that winter has lost its grip on Ithaca!

Our Herpetology class has been waiting for this for weeks! And sure enough… it happens on the Friday before Spring Break when most students have left campus. Tonight Jordan, Nicole, and KZ took the few Herpetology students and Cornell Herp Society members that are still on campus to Bull Pasture Pond. We saw a bunch of Ambystoma jeffersonianum and A. maculatum, learned about sexual interference by spermatophore capping in spotted salamanders, and instagrammed the hell out of the salamanders making their way to the pond. It’s our own special herpetology ritual 🙂