Forestry, environmental conservation promotes program at conference; student wins best poster award
RALEIGH, North Carolina – Katie Teets of Lake Worth, Florida, a Clemson University master’s degree student in wildlife and fisheries biology, won the Best Master’s Student Poster Award at the recent 2016 annual conference of The Wildlife Society.
Teets’ poster, “A Changing Community? The Effects of White-Nose Syndrome on Bat Community Structure in the Southeastern United States,” focuses on data Teets collected on the impact of the syndrome on bats in South Carolina. Teets’ poster was one of numerous presentations and posters that resulted in Clemson University having a strong presence at the conference.
Greg Yarrow, chairman and professor of Clemson’s forestry and environmental conservation department, said faculty members and students from his department covered a variety of topics with information they brought to the conference.
“Everyone was able to see the diverse program we have in our department here at Clemson,” Yarrow said. “Our students and faculty were involved in almost every aspect of the conference.”
A total of 27 faculty and students from Clemson attended. Beth Ross, a Clemson faculty member and assistant unit leader of the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Clemson, helped organize the Intermediate R Workshop. R is a free globally recognized software used for conducting statistical analysis.
Cathy Jachowski was part of a team that presented a paper titled “Efficacy of Artificial Shelter Arrays as a Monitoring Tool for Hellbender Salamanders.”
Other research posters presented by Clemson students and faculty include the “Shorebird Utilization of Horseshoe Crab Eggs at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge” presented by Fumika Takahashi, Patrick Jodice and Felicia Sanders. Another poster, “Occupancy and Detectability of Loggerhead Shrikes in South Carolina,” was presented by Jennifer L. Froehly, David Jachowski, Jodice, Amy Tegeler and Ross. Sloan Wiggers and Kimberly Andrews presented a poster titled, “Taking the Throne: Bringing Kingsnakes to the Forefront of Conservation.”
Other poster presentations included one by Stephen Harris, Terry Doonan, Erin Ragheb and David Jachowski titled, “Ecology of the Spotted Skunk in Florida’s Dry Prairie Ecosystem.” A poster titled, “Large Scale Monitoring for a Cryptic and Understudied Species: The Eastern Spotted Skunk,” was given by Robin Eng, Joseph Butfiloski, Colleen Olfenbuttel, Nikole Castleberry, Katrina Morris and David Jachowski.
Bonnie Miller, Kristi Dunn, William Bridges and Wayne Chao presented a poster on the “Influence of Habitat Factors on Trapping Success of Eastern Gray Squirrels in Clemson, South Carolina.”
Papers presented included “Perceptions of Impacts and Control of Ferral Hogs on Private Lands in South Carolina,” by Shari Rodriguez, Gary Pence and Matthew Bolick. Kathleen Krafte, Lincoln Larson and Robert Powell presented a paper on “Managing Conflict between Humans and Big Cats: Research Trends and Opportunities.” Bently Wiggly presented a paper on the “Current State of Pine Forests in the Southeastern United States.”
Abby Lawson was a member of a team that organized the session “Applications of Decision Analysis for Wildlife Population Management.” Lawson also teamed with Clinton Moore and Jodice to present a symposium titled, “Optimizing American Alligator Population Survey Design to Improve Management Decision-Making.” Laura Gigliotti, a doctoral student, presented “Finding the Balance between Science and Management: A Graduate Student’s Perspective.”
David Jachowski was part of the team that organized the “Enhancing Wildlife Reintroduction Success session.” Jachowski, in collaboration with Samantha Bremner-Harrison, David Steen and Kim Aarestrup, presented a symposium in this session titled “Accounting for Potential Physiological and Behavioral Responses to Improve Animal Reintroduction Success.”
Also during the conference, a reception was held for alumni of the Clemson Wildlife and Fisheries program.