Stumped by Salamanders [S-20-47]
|Location:||SLU: Valentine 107|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Fri 10:00 AM 03/13|
Unisexual salamanders are an all-female lineage that reproduces by “stealing” sperm from other types of salamanders. Little is known about their ecology because they are difficult to identify and study, and a lack of information hinders their conservation. Join Kris Hoffmann as she describes her work with salamanders at four wetlands in Maine, using a combination of trapping, radio tracking, and genetic analysis. Her results indicate that the communities were almost entirely female. But if there were no males, how were they reproducing? The narrative of this study demonstrates how results can lead to more mysteries.
Kris Hoffmann is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Lawrence University and an amphibian and reptile conservation biologist. Her research focuses on habitat needs, behavior, and amphibian community interactions.