Current Graduate Students - Kristine Hoffmann
Kristine Hoffmann, Ph.D. student
Advisors: Aram Calhoun, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Malcolm Hunter, Department of Wildlife Ecology
Spring 2012 – Spring 2017
M.S. 2007, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida, FL
B.S. 2005, Biology, University of Massachusetts, MA
Current Research: My upcoming research will examine the movement of hybrid blue-spotted salamanders (Ambystoma laterale-jefersonianum complex) in natural and developed areas.
Previous Research: I held several internships and volunteer positions during my undergraduate career: I radio tracked Blanding’s Turtles in eastern Massachusetts for UMass; radio tracked hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) and spotted turtles, and maintained a tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) and marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) drift fence in New York at Brookhaven National Laboratory; I conducted egg mass counts and dip net surveys for the Massachusetts Audubon Society; and I assisted with behavioral studies of sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) for Michigan State University. I volunteered for Dr. Alan Richmond’s live reptile lab, and completed an honors thesis searching for alternative methods of skeletochronology in the spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
Starting in 2005, I worked under Dr. Steve Johnson at the University of Florida. For my Master’s thesis I investigated the impacts of invasive, exotic Cuban treefrogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) on native treefrog populations. I conducted a field study using paired grids of PVC pipe refugia (which treefrogs love to hide in), and backed up the assumptions of my field study using behavioral trials at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center.
From 2008 to 2011 I worked at the University of Virgina’s College at Wise as a teaching fellow. I lead a small, educational based study of eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) at the campus’ Wetlands Project, and started the UVA-Wise Natural History Museum.