Advisors: Dr. Robin Warne
Jason completed his M.S. at Shippensburg University researching the ecology of Northern Black Racers (Coluber constrictor constrictor) and their effects on syntopic snake species. For this PhD, Jason has worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation on determining the prevalence of Ranavirus in amphibian communities at multiple fish hatchery sites. He has also published research on the thermal physiology and field ecology of Mediterranean House Geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus), the cloacal microbiota of two Nearctic colubrid snakes, and white-nose disease in hibernating bats. Jason is currently researching links between the gut microbiota and host thermal physiology in Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) larvae and Mediterranean House Geckos.