Welcome to the Mott Lab webpage!
We use field, mesocosm, and laboratory approaches in addressing issues in amphibian ecology, biogeography, and conservation. Our behavioral ecology research focuses on the roles of cannibalism, heterospecific predation, and other agonistic interactions in creating and maintaining aquatic communities, particularly in larval salamander assemblages exhibiting guild structure. We also investigate geographic range-wide patterns of distribution and abundance among the Amphibia, with particular focus on ecological and evolutionary phenomena occurring at range margins. Most recently, we have started to utilize publicly available datasets and macroecological methods to address large-scale questions in amphibian ecology and conservation.
(29-Aug) New paper on seasonal patterns of intraguild predation and body size variation is out in Journal of Herpetology
(1-Aug) Moving into the new digs at Eastern Kentucky University...feels good to be back in salamander country!
(18-May) A very belated congratulations to lab member Shaundon Moore on being accepted to the master's program at Central Michigan University!
(18-May) Congratulations to lab member Hannah Pittman on being awarded the Alpha Lambda Delta Leonard Senior Book Award (for which one criterion is the highest GPA in the graduating class)!
(14-May) Headed to Land Between the Lakes for a month of salamander work with a new crop of REU students!
(13-May) Congratulations to lab member Matt Keen on being accepted to med school at the Medical College of Georgia!